Castile Historical Society & Museum

Castile Historical Society & Museum Castile, NY history
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The town of Castile was established in 1808 and was separated from the town of Perry. The first settlers, Robert and Janet Whaley, along with Janet's brother, Daniel McKay, built the first sawmill. This was the beginning of many more stores, houses, and facilities to be built into the 1830's when the town's population boomed. In 1816, Ziba Hurd purchased land in the area that would become the Village of Castile. The village was incorporated on June 19, 1877. The Castile Historical House is the headquarters of the Castile Historical Society, formed in December of 1952, and incorporated in April of 1955. It was built in 1865 by Civil War veteran Henry L. Cumming. He died in 1900, and in 1907 his widow sold it to Mr. Frank Vining, who in 1955 sold it to an agent. It was purchased in 1956 and given to the society by Annie Eddy in memory of her husband, John E. Eddy (1873-1954). The building is used as a research center for persons interested in area history, as well as a museum where one may see tools, books, clothes, paintings, and furniture which belonged to people who have lived in the vicinity since Castile was founded. Most of the staff and the Board of Trustees are Society volunteers. Their work takes place in the office and research room, which houses records, files, maps, scrapbooks, and family histories made readily available to visitors seeking information. Also available on microfilm and online (fultonhistory.com) is "The Castilian", Castile's local newspaper which was started in 1878 by Alamanzer Gaines. At present there is no fee for admission or for searches. However, donations are always needed and gratefully accepted to help preserve the house and it's historical treasures.

Mission: The Castile Historical Society is chartered to collect, preserve and exhibit records, pictures, and other items connected with the history of Castile; to conduct or sponsor research in such history and to promote interest therein.

Treasured Trestle Company
02/04/2019

Treasured Trestle Company

TWO 'SUPER' ANNOUNCEMENTS ON THIS 'SUPER' SUNDAY!
First, The GREAT 1875 MEDALLION GIVEAWAY: We are happy to announce our winners, both of whom will receive an 1875 Medallion Keychain!! Congratulations to Terri Pukos, who was chosen at random from all entries!! Congratulations also to Wanda Spahr, who won the 'Guess How Many Medallions' portion of our Giveway--her guess was closest to our final count!
We had a huge range of guesses, from the lowest guess at 75 medallions, to the highest guess of 495,150!
But, you'll see from the photo, the total number of medallions we were able to cut from 1,140 pounds of turnbuckle rods--yes-- 6,725!!
Many have been spoken for already, which brings us to our...
SECOND announcement: Barring any unforeseen circumstances, all pre-orders will be shipping BY THE END OF THIS WEEK!! We are SO SO HAPPY to be able to say that--it has been a longggg time coming!!! Each medallion, as you may be able to see, still needs to have the edges filed smooth, the number engraved on top, & a protective coat of natural beeswax applied. We can't wait for those of you who have reserved a medallion to be able to hold a piece of history for yourself!
(Now back to whatever you were watching....like, maybe, some sports thing on tv??? 😉😀 Oh, and if your party food isn't tasting good, go to our website and feast on some history! http://www.treasuredtrestle.com ) John Kucko Digital

Treasured Trestle Company
01/03/2019

Treasured Trestle Company

Installment #13: Even though we're still in production of the 1875 Iron Portageville Bridge Medallions and have opened the website for pre-ordering, we'd like to share more specifics on the pieces, the history, and the various people/companies involved in making this all possible!
LAST TIME, we shared the method we are using to cut the turnbuckle rods, which is a dry cut saw with a Cermet Carbide blade, giving us the straightest and fastest cut.
LIKE A KNOT IN WOOD: As the 1875 Medallions are being cut, it is obvious that not all iron/steel is the same! One second the rods cut smoothly, then suddenly, WHAM! A hard spot is hit and not only makes the saw blade work VERY hard, but can chip teeth off the blade (or worse yet, damage the saw, which has happened)! These broken teeth on the blade then need to be repaired when we send them to a specialty shop in Buffalo, where the whole blade is also re-sharpened.
In searching the web, apparently hard spots in iron/steel are something that metal workers do encounter, with some saying it can be parts of the material that wasn't incorporated/melted properly when made.
Anyone who has hit a knot while working with wood can imagine what these hard spots are like!
Are you a metalworker? Have you encountered this problem? We'd love to hear your experience! http://www.treasuredtrestle.com John Kucko Digital

SO honored to have a piece of a treasure, the 1875 Iron Portageville Bridge! Stop by the museum to see it in person!!
10/16/2018

SO honored to have a piece of a treasure, the 1875 Iron Portageville Bridge! Stop by the museum to see it in person!!

Preserving History: The third stop in delivering cherished 1875 trestle iron to museums/historical societies in the region. Swung by the Castile Historical Society & Museum today in Wyoming County, just a few miles from Letchworth SP. Suzie Canby Carlson (left) reached out to me several months ago about getting a piece of the iconic rail bridge for the museum there. Castile legend and Letchworth SP Ambassador Ken Wallace and I were honored to present a lattice section of the trestle. Ken and I had a blast documenting the building of the new arch and removal of the trestle the last three years. This is a terrific little place (the house dates back to the 1800’s). Hours of operation are every Tuesday (9am-noon, 1pm-3pm). It’s located at 17 Park Road East and they have a most impressive collection of historic pieces—and now they’ve got another. Norfolk Southern displayed superb
corporate citizenship in working with me to get these historical sections of the trestle. Tomorrow it’s off to the Medina Railroad Museum.

Very soon, our historical house will have an amazing piece of history--a piece of the Iron Trestle!Thanks to John Kucko ...
09/24/2018

Very soon, our historical house will have an amazing piece of history--a piece of the Iron Trestle!
Thanks to John Kucko for working so hard to get pieces of this icon saved for many museums so that everyone can enjoy seeing the trestle, even after it is long gone!

All That Remains: Happy to report that I have taken possession of the trestle iron that we worked diligently to procure for some of the railroad museums in WNY. Hard to fathom that one year ago, trains were crossing the iconic 1875 trestle here at Letchworth SP as the Genesee Arch Bridge was being built. A significant amount of work took place here to build the new and take down the old. It’s hard to believe. For the various railroad museums out there—I will soon be in touch.

07/05/2018
John Kucko Digital

From John's post below:
"...some local entrepreneurs are in the process of getting organized and plan to sell small medallions made from the old 1875 trestle iron. I have seen a prototype and it is fantastic. I will provide more details as the endeavor progresses forward. The hope is to have these available for purchase by the fall. Many of you have inquired about such an availability and this should come to fruition soon. I’ll keep you posted here."

JKDrone Extra: A quick 30 second video of the Norfolk Southern Heritage Unit, Reading Lines, leading a westbound freight on Sunday evening through Letchworth SP. The Genesee River Arch is all completed now, the painting finished. All that remains is some cleanup, removing of cables, etc. Earth restoration continues on both sides of the park and paving of the enhanced park road at the Portageville entrance is underway. That popular Portageville entrance is expected to be open by the fall, if not sooner.
Also, some local entrepreneurs are in the process of getting organized and plan to sell small medallions made from the old 1875 trestle iron. I have seen a prototype and it is fantastic. I will provide more details as the endeavor progresses forward. The hope is to have these available for purchase by the fall. Many of you have inquired about such an availability and this should come to fruition soon. I’ll keep you posted here. Thanks to Vertigo Drones for the guidance in flying the Typhoon H for these aerial shots.

06/20/2017

Something EXCITING is happening at The Castile Historical House!!! We are excited to announce that we will be closed for at least the following Tuesdays: June 20 & 27, July 4 (of course!).
Whhhhhhaaaaaaa......??? WHY would we be excited about being closed??? Glad you asked!!
After several years of planning, we are getting a new steel roof and vinyl siding, plus a new handicap ramp, wooohooo!!!!!
We assume that we should be open again after the 4th of July but will have to monitor the progress for that decision, and we'll be sure to let you know if anything is different!
We are SUPER excited to protect our beloved historical house for generations to come with these improvements, and in the meantime, make sure you drive by the Historical House and check out the Fire Department building in the yard to the right of the historical house, which houses their antique hose cart.
It's especially impressive at night with the lights on!!

Yes, it's 2017!! But we still have plenty of the 2016 Castile Village Bicentennial calendars, as well as the 2008 Town o...
05/13/2017

Yes, it's 2017!! But we still have plenty of the 2016 Castile Village Bicentennial calendars, as well as the 2008 Town of Castile Bicentennial calendars left!
Both have plenty of wonderful historical info and pictures that can be enjoyed no matter what year it is!
We will send you BOTH calendars for a total cost of only $5.00, which includes mailing costs--thats TWO for $5!!
($1 or $2 additional donation towards mailing costs are appreciated, but certainly optional).
You can send a check or money order to: Castile Historical Society , PO Box 256, Castile, NY 14427, and we will get those out to you asap!

It's been a while since we've posted anything here, so what is more fitting than a post about our beloved Castile reside...
05/07/2017

It's been a while since we've posted anything here, so what is more fitting than a post about our beloved Castile resident Mary Jemison!
Someone asked a while ago about a sign found going down the hill into Varysburg on Route 20A, and we finally captured a picture of it.
Even though this area had not been settled by the white man in 1779, the Revolutionary War still greatly affected the native inhabitants of this land, as we can see from this sign.
Thanks to page member Kimberly for bringing the sign to our attention so that we could share it with everyone!

By Mrs. Wilklow's 5th Grade Girls.This book is in the collection at the Historical House in Castile, NY.The Historical H...
09/06/2016

By Mrs. Wilklow's 5th Grade Girls.
This book is in the collection at the Historical House in Castile, NY.
The Historical House is open Tuesdays from 9-12noon, and 1pm-3pm.
Come by and see what other treasures are there waiting to be found!!

No Irish heritage in your family?? That's ok--you can get a taste o' the Irish by coming Saturday to the Castile United ...
03/10/2016

No Irish heritage in your family?? That's ok--you can get a taste o' the Irish by coming Saturday to the Castile United Church of Christ and get your very own Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner! Event organizers have hinted that you can come as early as 4pm--they said they'll be there and ready to dish out the luck!!
There is no set charge but a donation is greatly appreciated to not only cover costs, but to help the Castile Historical Society raise money for the historical house siding project, something much needed at this time.
As stewards of this historical place, we want to keep it maintained for future generations to enjoy and learn about the history of Castile, so come on out and get your Irish on!!!

Dinner Meeting and Talk, March 3rd, 2016
03/10/2016

Dinner Meeting and Talk, March 3rd, 2016

100% Whole Wheat Savory Garlic Herb Bread is out of the oven, ready for the Castile Historical Society's dinner and talk...
03/03/2016

100% Whole Wheat Savory Garlic Herb Bread is out of the oven, ready for the Castile Historical Society's dinner and talk tomorrow night. May your night be filled with the fresh baked aromas of days gone by!

03/03/2016

The members of the Castile Historical Society and this page manager THANK YOU ALL for the love you've shown!! 323 'Likes' for this page--and we were hoping for 200!! Can't wait to share the news, and love, with everyone at the dinner meeting and program tomorrow night!! And don't forget: come on out for a great potluck dinner and talk from Mr. Dan Chasey about the history of the Castile Cider Mill!

03/02/2016

We are TWO away from 200 'LIKES' here on Facebook! Ohhhh how the ladies who work so hard every week at the historical society and house would LOVE for everyone to give some love and push our 'Like' button over that 200!

03/01/2016

HAPPENING THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 3RD:
The quarterly dinner meeting and program of the Castile Historical Society!
Come one, come all, to the Castile United Church of Christ in Castile, NY at 6pm for a delicious dinner. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service.
Then, at approximately 7pm, we will have a short business meeting, followed by a presentation by Mr. Dan Chasey on the Castile Cider Mill!
If you've had their delicious cider, donuts, and other goodies, you'll enjoy learning about the history of this fantastic little gem just a few doors down from the Historical House!
Guests ALWAYS welcome!!

And finally, Mr. John Grover shared with us a picture of a print of the historic Portage Bridge.Mr. Grover said: " I inc...
03/01/2016

And finally, Mr. John Grover shared with us a picture of a print of the historic Portage Bridge.
Mr. Grover said: " I included a print of the old railroad bridge in the park. It is signed by a Clifford Rice and dated 1965. I assume that given the later date, that Mr. Rice must have copied the picture from old plans and/or photographs."
Thank you, John, for sharing all of your treasures with us!

Mr. Grover's family was prolific in business in Castile, NY!He also shared with us pictures, front and back, of this 'pr...
03/01/2016

Mr. Grover's family was prolific in business in Castile, NY!
He also shared with us pictures, front and back, of this 'promotional' medallion/token from a dry goods store that was in Castile (penny in photo to show size).
According to Mr. Grover: "The store was owned by a W. M. Gledhill, another relative. The initials stand for Walter Maurice Gledhill, my great, great grandfather. I believe that the tokens were attached to items to remind buyers and potential buyers where the merchandise came from."

From Mr. Grover's earlier post: "According to my grandmother (Lillian Craig Shores), the painting was of a stream that r...
03/01/2016

From Mr. Grover's earlier post: "According to my grandmother (Lillian Craig Shores), the painting was of a stream that ran into the Genesee River in the Perry/Castile area (possibly Wolf Creek). The painter signed it "A. Robinson". While having it repaired, matted and reframed, the framer found the picture was painted on poster board with the pastoral scene on the back. It was an ad for William S. Shores, Choice Meats, Castile, NY. He was my great grandfather. He had his meat business from the early 1900's possibly well into the 1920's."

Thanks to John Grover for sharing this wonderful painting that, according to family history, is of a stream running into...
02/02/2016

Thanks to John Grover for sharing this wonderful painting that, according to family history, is of a stream running into Letchworth State Park. Thank you again, John, for sharing!

According to my grandmother (Lillian Craig Shores), this was a painting of a stream that ran into the Genesee River in the Perry/Castile area (possibly Wolf Creek). The painter signed it "A. Robinson". While having it repaired, matted and reframed, the framer found the picture was painted on poster board with the pastoral scene on the back. It was an ad for William S. Shores, Choice Meats, Castile, NY. He was my great grandfather. He had his meat business from the early 1900's possibly well into the 1920's. For some reason this site won't let me add the photo of the advertisement for the butcher shop. I will do in a second post.

12/02/2015

How did time get away from this gal aGAIN, cuz THIS Thursday, Dec 3rd (yeah, that's toMORROW--don't shoot the messenger!) is the quarterly Castile Historical Society dinner meeting and program!
Dinner starts at 6pm at the Castile United Church of Christ. Bring a dish to pass and your table service--guests are ALWAYS welcome!!
The program: SHOW & TELL!! Bring a treasure or a story to share, or just come to enjoy what others have to show!
Oooooo I have SO many things I could bring--this is going to be tough to decide what to leave home!! See you all there!!

Pumpkin frycakes at the Castile Cider Mill!Why am I telling you this?Because when you go to buy these babies, along with...
10/24/2015

Pumpkin frycakes at the Castile Cider Mill!
Why am I telling you this?
Because when you go to buy these babies, along with your cider, take a gander at what's sitting on a shelf just above the cash register....
Yup, that'd be the 2016 Village of Castile Bicentennial calendar!
You can buy one there for only $10!!!
A sweet deal, all the way around!!

10/21/2015
Wolf Creek Event Center

Guess what?? You have the opportunity to go to a great festival this Saturday in Castile, NY, PLUS buy your Bicentennial Village of Castile calendar all at the same place--Wolf Creek Event Center!!
Hope to see everyone there!!

Wolf Creek Event Center has our Autumn Festival coming October 24th from 12-4 pm. We will be having a chicken bbq-Haunted Hay Ride-Halloween costume contest for different age groups-Best Autumn Fest cake contest-Wine tasting and more. Please plan your day to join us. Could all of our face book friends please pass this on-Thank You

Would you like a Village of Castile Bicentennial calendar, but can't get to Castile, NY to any of the selling locations?...
10/19/2015

Would you like a Village of Castile Bicentennial calendar, but can't get to Castile, NY to any of the selling locations?
You can purchase one through the mail today!
Send a check or money order to: Castile Historical Society , PO Box 256, Castile, NY 14427.
Make the check payable to: Castile Historical Society.
Cost is $12.75 total ($10 for calendar, $2.75 for shipping and handling). Expedited shipping would be available for additional cost.
Purchase through Paypal is being discussed. If that becomes an option, we will let you know immediately here on Facebook!!

Announcing the Castile Historical Society's 2016 Village of Castile Bicentennial calendar!!Full of wonderful historical ...
10/19/2015

Announcing the Castile Historical Society's 2016 Village of Castile Bicentennial calendar!!
Full of wonderful historical photos of Castile, NY, along with lots of historical facts and events on each month!
Only $10 each! Great gift idea, especially for those people you don't know what to get!
Available at these places in Castile (stay tuned for ordering through the mail options!):
Bank of Castile (Castile office only, at this time), Castile Government Center, Carney's Store, Library, Cider Mill, Castile Diner, and at the Historical House on Tuesdays.

09/03/2015

Boy Scouts in the 1940's and 50's.
Finding treasure with a metal detector.

Do I have your attention??
These are the subjects of our special double program at the Castile Historical Society dinner and program, held TONIGHT, September 3rd, 6pm, at the Castile United Church of Christ in Castile, NY. Of course guests are always welcome. Come and bring your friends and neighbors to enjoy a very special program, as well as a delicious meal.
STARTING AT 6PM:
Our potluck meal--YUMMY food you don't want to miss! Bring a dish to pass and your own table service.
STARTING AT 7PM:
TWO very special presentations will take place this night.
1st: Arnold Lanckton and Gordon Allen will present
“Scouting in Castile 1940’s & 50’s”. They will have memorabilia as well as stories to share of scouting in a bygone era.
2nd: Dan Baker will reveal the special treasures he unearthed with his metal detector at the historic Whaley Tavern site.
With TWO programs, you won't want to miss this event!!
Come for dinner AND the programs, or, if you can't make dinner, be sure to join us at 7pm for these special presentations!

Address

17 Park Rd E
Castile, NY
14427

General information

Museum open Tuesdays: 9AM--Noon, and 1PM--3PM. Other times by appointment. Dues are only $10 a year. Dinner meetings with interesting programs and speakers are held on the first Thursdays of March, June, September and December at 6pm at the Castile United Church of Christ. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(585) 493-5370

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