Holland Land Office Museum

Holland Land Office Museum The Holland Land Office Museum is the Genesee County Museum located in Batavia, New York and have been serving the community since we opened in 1894.

As a not-for-profit business, the continued operation of the Holland Land Office Museum would not be possible without the generosity of the community. If you or your business would like to contribute to the museum, call (585) 343-4727 or email [email protected] for more information. To all of our generous sponsors and members, we thank you. Stephen M. Hawley 50 Main Street Batavia, NY 14020 585-356-2394 Genesee Patrons Cooperative Insurance Company 218 East Main Street Batavia, NY 14020 585-343-7307 Liberty Pumps 7000 Apple Tree Avenue Bergen, NY 14416 585-494-1817 Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C. 1 Evans Street Batavia, NY 14020 585-344-1967 Call Lands/My-T Acres, Inc. 8127 Lewiston Road Batavia, NY 14020 585-343-1026 Oakfield Family Medical Care 41 Main Street Oakfield, NY 14125 585-948-8077 R. A. Haitz Co., Inc. 128 Cedar Street Batavia, NY 14020 585-343-2400

Don't forget! Old Hippies are coming to play at the museum, Thursday June 6th, at 7pm! tickets are only $5 per person an...
05/31/2019

Don't forget! Old Hippies are coming to play at the museum, Thursday June 6th, at 7pm! tickets are only $5 per person and $4 for museum members. Join us for a night of music, fun, and memories!

Did you happen to see us in the Memorial Day Parade yesterday? A big thank you goes out to everyone who was able come ou...
05/28/2019

Did you happen to see us in the Memorial Day Parade yesterday? A big thank you goes out to everyone who was able come out yesterday and walk with us!

Registration is now open for our 2019 History Heroes Summer Program. The dates of the program are July 16-19 and 23-26. ...
05/25/2019
2019 History Heroes Summer Program

Registration is now open for our 2019 History Heroes Summer Program. The dates of the program are July 16-19 and 23-26. This year we will be taking a Time Travel Trip through History, learning about many different eras of history and their connection to right here in Genesee County. The program includes a field trip, penny carnival, historical presentation, visit by the Buffalo Zoo & historic reenactors and much more. The cost per child is $25 a day. For more information contact the museum or visit our website at the following link http://www.hollandlandoffice.com/Events/2019HistoryHeroesSummerProgram.aspx

On this date 155 years ago, then Colonel Emory Upton made his famous attack against the Mule Shoe salient of the Confede...
05/10/2019

On this date 155 years ago, then Colonel Emory Upton made his famous attack against the Mule Shoe salient of the Confederate lines at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. While in the end, Upton eventually had to the retreat, his attack paved the way for new tactics for the Union Army. Upton led his men in a narrow to puncture a hole in the enemy's line and then exploit the opening with reinforcements. The attack was an initial success, but left unsupported Upton was forced to withdraw. It was after this battle that Upton received his generalship.

Come down and see our newest acquisition at the museum. A 1813 land deed from the Holland Land Company signed by Joseph ...
05/07/2019

Come down and see our newest acquisition at the museum. A 1813 land deed from the Holland Land Company signed by Joseph Ellicott. Dated June 30, 1813 the property documented is 120 acres in modern day eastern Erie County. It is an excellent documentation of the work done by Ellicott and the HLC in the early settlement of WNY.

On this day in 1931, Mary Elizabeth Stack, also known as Mary Elizabeth Wood, passed away in Wuchang, China due to illne...
05/01/2019

On this day in 1931, Mary Elizabeth Stack, also known as Mary Elizabeth Wood, passed away in Wuchang, China due to illness. Born in Elba, Mary Elizabeth was the first librarian of the Richmond Memorial Library in 1889. When she visited her brother in China, she discovered that there was no public education system in place and the people there had little access to knowledge. She spent the rest of her life advocating for education as well as creating libraries and giving the people of China access to books. She is buried in the Historic Batavia Cemetery.

Happy Birthday Benjamin and Rachel Ellicott! On this day in 1765, Benjamin and Rachel Ellicott were born to Joseph Ellic...
04/17/2019

Happy Birthday Benjamin and Rachel Ellicott! On this day in 1765, Benjamin and Rachel Ellicott were born to Joseph Ellicott and Judith Bleaker Ellicott.
Benjamin is known for assisting his brothers, Andrew and Joseph Ellicott, in the survey and mapping of the Holland Land Purchase and in 1803, he became one of the first judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Genesee County.

On April 15, 1861, Capt. Charles F. Rand was one of the first to volunteer for the Civil War. Mere days after President ...
04/16/2019

On April 15, 1861, Capt. Charles F. Rand was one of the first to volunteer for the Civil War. Mere days after President Lincoln put out the call for 750,000 volunteers, the 22 year old Batavia Native went to war where he would eventually earn the title Captain as well as the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is interred, with his wife, in section one of Arlington National Cemetery

02/14/2019

The newest issue of Western New York Heritage Magazine is in. There are two articles with a local connection that are worth checking out. The first is "Old Photo Album: WNY from Above", which includes aerial photos of downtown Batavia. The second, "A Tavern within the Trees", about Asa Rasom, details the life of one of WNY's earliest settlers, who also had a close connection to Joseph Ellicott and the Holland Land Office.

On this day in 1889, 120 years ago, Rear Admiral Ralph Chandler died in Hong Kong due to apoplexy. Chandler was just one...
02/09/2019

On this day in 1889, 120 years ago, Rear Admiral Ralph Chandler died in Hong Kong due to apoplexy. Chandler was just one year away from retirement where he was looking forward to coming back home to Batavia. He is known for fighting in both the Mexican-American War as well as the Civil War, and for fighting during the fall of Fort Fischer and the capture of Wilmington.

02/08/2019

Don't forget tomorrow is our Saturday Morning Children's Program for February! Children will be making stained glass ornaments while learning about the history of stained glass, followed by Valentine's Day snacks! This event is from 10am-12pm and only $5 per child and $4 for museum members.

On this day in 1754, Andrew Ellicott was born in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Andrew was the eldest of the Ellicott childr...
01/24/2019

On this day in 1754, Andrew Ellicott was born in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Andrew was the eldest of the Ellicott children and was known for surveying many territories west of the Appalachians, the boundaries of the District of Columbia, and helping his brother Joseph survey the land that would become Western New York. Happy 256th Birthday Andrew!

Saturday, January 19th, the museum hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Thank you to all of our volunteers and comm...
01/22/2019

Saturday, January 19th, the museum hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Thank you to all of our volunteers and committee members who were able to attend. A big thank you also goes out to the Dibble Family Center for providing the delicious food for it. Without our volunteers, none of what we do would be possible so the biggest thank you of all goes out to them!!

Have you ever considered becoming a member with the museum? There are many benefits for members, you will receive a 10% ...
01/04/2019
Holland Land Office Museum > Membership

Have you ever considered becoming a member with the museum? There are many benefits for members, you will receive a 10% discount on all items in the Joseph Ellicott Book & Museum Store, free copies of the quarterly museum journal, "The Speculator", and priority and discounted admission to all museum events including the Batavia Antique Show and Sale, new guest speakers with a variety of topics, and music nights! Take a look at our website and join today!!

      The Holland Land Purchase Company & Genesee County: considered by many to be the Birthplace of Western New York. 

Congratulations also goes out to Mercy Flight/ Mercy EMS for earning the Director's Choice award for our 17th Annual Won...
01/03/2019

Congratulations also goes out to Mercy Flight/ Mercy EMS for earning the Director's Choice award for our 17th Annual Wonderland of Trees with their tree "The Nutcracker!"

Congratulations to the GCC Education Club for earning the People's Choice Award for the 17th Annual Wonderland of Trees ...
01/03/2019

Congratulations to the GCC Education Club for earning the People's Choice Award for the 17th Annual Wonderland of Trees with their tree "The Nightmare Before Christmas!"

Signed copies of Gregory Van Dussen's book "Transfiguration and Hope: A Conversation Across Time and Space" are now avai...
12/29/2018

Signed copies of Gregory Van Dussen's book "Transfiguration and Hope: A Conversation Across Time and Space" are now available in the Joseph Ellicott Book and Gift Shop! Pick your copy up today!

Congratulations to HLOM member Greg Van Dussen for this article in "The Batavian!" If you are interested in talking to G...
12/20/2018
Retired minister's first book, 'Transfiguration and Hope'

Congratulations to HLOM member Greg Van Dussen for this article in "The Batavian!" If you are interested in talking to Greg about his book, stop by the Book Shoppe in Medina, where he will be having a book signing on Saturday, December 22nd, from 11-1pm. Copies of Greg's book "Transfiguration and Hope: A Conversation Across Time and Space" are available for purchase in the Joseph Ellicott book and gift shop here at the museum. Get your copy today!

After a lifelong career in ministry, Gregory Van Dussen has written his first book, "Transfiguration and Hope." "I have done a lot of writing in graduate school and a lot of reviews, but never a book,” Van Dussen said. “I didn’t think I had anything to write about until it hit me like a ton of...

Still need some help with gifts this year? The Joseph Ellicott Book and Gift Shop has just what you need to fill all of ...
12/18/2018

Still need some help with gifts this year? The Joseph Ellicott Book and Gift Shop has just what you need to fill all of your stockings! We have a wide variety of stocking stuffer items, like pins and magnets to old time toys and even soap! Stop in today and stock up on all your holiday gifts. We also have gift certificates!!

12/18/2018

Thank you to the very talented Joe Head for coming out and performing some of our favorite Christmas music. Joe put on a wonderful performance that had all of us smiling and singing along.

Thank you to The Batavian for capturing this video from Joe Head's performance Friday night. We are very thankful Joe He...
12/18/2018
Video: Joe Head performing at HLOM

Thank you to The Batavian for capturing this video from Joe Head's performance Friday night. We are very thankful Joe Head was able to share his amazing talent with us and perform some of our favorite Christmas tunes.

[video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZg5QH7twEo] Joe Head performed at the Holland Land Office Museum on Friday night, playing a selection of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs.

12/08/2018

Our December Trivia Night will be this Thursday, December 13th at 7 pm. To get us all in the holiday spirit a little early, come and test your knowledge of the history of our favorite Christmas traditions. Ever wonder why we kiss under mistletoe, the origin of the Christmas Card, or why Santa Claus brings us presents. Stop on by on Thursday evening and find out. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, along with refreshments. Admission is $3 per person/$2 for museum members.

Thank you to the participants and all those who attended our Kickoff Event on November 16, 2018. All your support and ge...
11/24/2018

Thank you to the participants and all those who attended our Kickoff Event on November 16, 2018. All your support and generosity is what keeps this event alive. Thank you!

11/24/2018

We would like to extend a huge thank you to those who donated toward our 17th Annual Wonderland of Trees Event, whether it was food, basket items, or their time, we greatly appreciate it! We would also like to take this time to acknowledge and thank the local businesses and organizations who participated in this years event:
GCC Alpha Epsilon Gamma
GCC Education Club
Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden
Zonta Club of Batavia- Genesee County
Arc of Genesee/ Orleans
Arc of Livingston/ Wyoming
Mercy Flight Genesee
Genesee County Sheriff's Employee's Association
Genesee County Clerk
D.A.R.
St. Joseph School
Edward Jones
Historic Preservation Committee
Crossroads House
Batavia Downs Hotel and Gaming
Tim Hortons
Museum Quilt Guild
Raising Believers
Bergen History Department and Harford Living Museum
Anything Your Heart Desires
Don Bouchard
The Dibble Family Center

11/24/2018

In case you still haven’t picked up your copy yet, we have the last printing of Anne Marie Starowitz’s book “Back in the Day: Snapshots of Local History, the Way I See It!” on sale for 20 percent off. Hurry in for the perfect gift for your local history before our stock runs out.

Stop into the Joseph Ellicott Book and Gift Shop and check out our newest arrivals, just in time for the Holiday season!...
11/21/2018

Stop into the Joseph Ellicott Book and Gift Shop and check out our newest arrivals, just in time for the Holiday season! Crew neck sweatshirts in green or black for $25 and black hats for $15. Stop in and get yours today!

Thank you to the participants and all those who attended our Kickoff Event on November 16, 2018. All your support and ge...
11/20/2018

Thank you to the participants and all those who attended our Kickoff Event on November 16, 2018. All your support and generosity is what keeps this event alive. Thank you!

Which holiday movie is Mercy Flight's favorite based off of this object? Think you know? Stop by the museum tonight, Nov...
11/16/2018

Which holiday movie is Mercy Flight's favorite based off of this object? Think you know? Stop by the museum tonight, November 16th, for our 17th Annual Wonderland of Trees Kickoff Event starting at 6pm and see if your guess is correct!.

In honor of New York State History Month, we would like to offer some bits of historical knowledge to help spark the inn...
11/01/2018

In honor of New York State History Month, we would like to offer some bits of historical knowledge to help spark the inner historian in all of us.
Starting off, November 1st is a very special day at the Holland Land Office. Today marks the 258th Birthday of Joseph Ellicott, who was born November 1st, 1760 in Bucks County, PA. Not only was Ellicott the land agent for the Holland Land Company in Batavia, but he was also responsible for the settlement of the whole of Western New York. From 1797 to 1800, he surveyed the entirety of the region, while also laying out both the villages of Buffalo and Batavia. He was also an early commissioner for the building of the Erie Canal, and is credited with standardizing the foot as 12 inches. If you would like to learn more about the life and accomplishments of Joseph Ellicott (and wish him a Happy Birthday!) stop on by the HLOM and start NYS History Month off right.

If you would also like to know more about NYS History Month, please follow the like below.
http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/historymonth

10/13/2018

On this date 124 years ago, the dedication of the Holland Land Office as a historic site occurred. On a rainy fall day, thousands of people lined Main Street in Batavia to celebrate "Land Office Day.". Five members of Gover Cleveland's cabinet were in attendance for the Land Office Dedication.
Then Superintendent of Batavia Schools, John Kennedy, stated at the ceremony: "While stands the Land Office, the Holland Purchase shall stand. For while that structure is in sight, it carries its old boundries with it. It stands for a domain. It preserves the unity of Western New York. The Land Office preserves the autonomy of the region, the real unity, the unity of common origin, common conditions, common toils and triumphs."

On this day in 1895, Ely Parker passed away at the age of 67. Ely Parker was born in Indian Falls and grew up to be an a...
08/31/2018

On this day in 1895, Ely Parker passed away at the age of 67. Ely Parker was born in Indian Falls and grew up to be an attorney, engineer, and diplomat. During the Civil War he was adjutant and secretary to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and was eventually appointed the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. He is buried in Forrest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.

On this day in history....1813: Brigadier General Zebulon Pike dies during the Battle of York, present day Toronto, duri...
04/27/2017

On this day in history....

1813: Brigadier General Zebulon Pike dies during the Battle of York, present day Toronto, during the War of 1812. Pike was also a famous explorer in the early history of the United States.

On this day in history...1945: American troops and Soviet troops link up on the western bank of the Elbe River in German...
04/25/2017

On this day in history...

1945: American troops and Soviet troops link up on the western bank of the Elbe River in Germany. This meeting would be celebrated as the beginning of the end for Germany in World War II.

April 15th is the anniversary for many momentous occasions in history. So much so that is far too difficult to highlight...
04/15/2017
This Day in History - What Happened Today - HISTORY.com

April 15th is the anniversary for many momentous occasions in history. So much so that is far too difficult to highlight just one, from the death of Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier, and the sinking of the Titanic. So here is a link where you can read up on all of them and more.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

Learn what happened today in history around the world including major events on crime, entertainment, and more.

DID YOU KNOW: In mid-1918, Walt Disney attempted to join the United States Army to fight against the Germans, but he was...
04/14/2017

DID YOU KNOW: In mid-1918, Walt Disney attempted to join the United States Army to fight against the Germans, but he was rejected for being too young. After forging the date of birth on his birth certificate, he joined the Red Cross in September 1918 as an ambulance driver. He was shipped to France but arrived in November, after the armistice. He drew cartoons on the side of his ambulance for decoration and had some of his work published in the army newspaper, Stars and Stripes. Disney returned from France in October 1919.

Did you know...Harry Houdini used his magic trick expertise to train American troops for combat during World War One.
04/13/2017

Did you know...
Harry Houdini used his magic trick expertise to train American troops for combat during World War One.

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131 W Main St
Batavia, NY
14020

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Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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5853434727

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