The Rice Homestead

The Rice Homestead Open Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm from early June to the end of August. Admission is free.
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For countless generations, Mayfield residents have pointed with pride to the Rice Homestead as one of its local treasures. The Rice Homestead has been lived in and cared for up until the 1990's by the descendants of its original owner, Oliver Rice, a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Built in 1790 (the original log cabin) and 1810 (the pictured home) has merited a New York State Department of Education official historical marker and is on both the National and State Historical Registries. It is considered a fine, well preserved example of a Federal Era farmhouse. The home is now a museum maintained by the Mayfield Historical Society. It contains a potpourri of historical treasures from the Rice family and the Mayfield area.

"And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps t...
05/23/2020

"And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave." Postcard from the archives of the Mayfield Historical Society at The Rice Homestead.

Happy Easter from your Mayfield Historical Society!  This postcard is part of the Society's collection at The Rice Homes...
04/12/2020

Happy Easter from your Mayfield Historical Society! This postcard is part of the Society's collection at The Rice Homestead.

The April meeting of the Mayfield Historical Society has been cancelled.
03/30/2020

The April meeting of the Mayfield Historical Society has been cancelled.

From long, long ago, here's a person asking for some "social distancing"!  The postcard is from the archives of the Mayf...
03/20/2020

From long, long ago, here's a person asking for some "social distancing"! The postcard is from the archives of the Mayfield Historical Society at The Rice Homestead.

The Mayfield Historical Society March 23rd Board Meeting has been cancelled.  Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!  This po...
03/18/2020

The Mayfield Historical Society March 23rd Board Meeting has been cancelled. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! This postcard is from the Mayfield Historical Society archives at The Rice Homestead.

The 28th Annual Mayfield Historical Society's Christmas Open House at The Rice Homestead in Mayfield, New York.
12/09/2019

The 28th Annual Mayfield Historical Society's Christmas Open House at The Rice Homestead in Mayfield, New York.

Happy Holidays from the Mayfield Historical Society!  Photo courtesy of Bill Trojan.
12/08/2019

Happy Holidays from the Mayfield Historical Society! Photo courtesy of Bill Trojan.

One more day left to the Mayfield Historical Society's 28th Annual Christmas Open House at The Rice Homestead!  Sunday, ...
12/07/2019

One more day left to the Mayfield Historical Society's 28th Annual Christmas Open House at The Rice Homestead! Sunday, December 8th, from 11 am - 4 pm. Hot mulled cider and cookies, homemade pies for sale, fires in the fireplaces, holiday decorations, spinning and weaving demos, Fleur de Lis playing from 1 - 3 pm, the DVD "Harnessing Nature - Building the Great Sacandaga" for sale for $20. Free admission. 328 Riceville Rd., Mayfield. 518-725-6251 for more info.

Homemade pies are being made as you read this for the fantastic pie sale at this weekend's Christmas Open House at The R...
12/06/2019

Homemade pies are being made as you read this for the fantastic pie sale at this weekend's Christmas Open House at The Rice Homestead!!!! Sat. & Sun., Dec. 7 & 8, 11 am - 4 pm, 328 Riceville Rd., Mayfield. Buy one and freeze for the holidays! They go fast so come early!!!! More info: 518-725-5261.

"Fleur de Lys" - Irena Garin and Connie Chamberlain along with guest singer Gary Miller will perform on Sunday, Dec. 8th...
12/06/2019

"Fleur de Lys" - Irena Garin and Connie Chamberlain along with guest singer Gary Miller will perform on Sunday, Dec. 8th, from 1 - 3 pm at The Rice Homestead Christmas Open House. Fleur de Lys specializes in traditional and international songs and sing in five different languages. Admission and refreshments are free. 328 Riceville Rd., Mayfield. Full hours of Christmas Open House are Sat. & Sun, Dec. 7 & 8, from 11 am - 4 pm. Call 518-725-5261.

Gary Van Slyke will be performing on Saturday, December 7th, from 1-3 pm at the 28th Annual Christmas Open House at The ...
12/05/2019

Gary Van Slyke will be performing on Saturday, December 7th, from 1-3 pm at the 28th Annual Christmas Open House at The Rice Homestead! Free admission, tours, hot mulled cider and cookies, spinning and weaving demos. Homemade pies and "Harnessing Nature - Building the Great Sacandaga" DVD for sale (great stocking stuffer!). 328 Riceville Road, Mayfield, 518-725-5261 for more info.

Put on your warm coat and come out this weekend to The Rice Homestead/Mayfield Historical Society's 28th Annual Christma...
12/04/2019

Put on your warm coat and come out this weekend to The Rice Homestead/Mayfield Historical Society's 28th Annual Christmas Open House! Sat. & Sun., Dec. 7 & 8, 11 am - 4 pm. Free admission! 328 Riceville Rd., Mayfield. Info: 518-725-5261. Photo is of 2 Mayfield ladies - Ethel (Brower) Brown and her mother Mrs. Brower.

Come on in from the snow and cold this weekend and enjoy some hot mulled cider and cookies, old-fashioned Christmas deco...
12/03/2019

Come on in from the snow and cold this weekend and enjoy some hot mulled cider and cookies, old-fashioned Christmas decorations, fires in the hearth, and live entertainment at the 28th Annual Christmas Open House at The Rice Homestead! Sat. & Sun., Dec. 7 & 8, 11 am - 4 pm. 328 Riceville Rd., Mayfield. Free admission! More info at 518-725-5261.

Here's a great stocking stuffer! The DVD "Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga" will be ON SALE at The Rice H...
12/01/2019

Here's a great stocking stuffer! The DVD "Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga" will be ON SALE at The Rice Homestead's 28th Annual Christmas Open House! Dec. 7 & 8, 11 am - 4 pm, 328 Riceville Road in Mayfield. Free admission...come have fun! Call 518-725-5261 for more info.

AMAZON has nothing on the FW Brown & Son Mayfield Post Office!!!! After Black Friday is over, get ready for the Christma...
11/29/2019

AMAZON has nothing on the FW Brown & Son Mayfield Post Office!!!! After Black Friday is over, get ready for the Christmas Open House Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 7 & 8 at The Rice Homestead, 328 Riceville Rd in Mayfield (use Gloversville for GPS), 11 - 4 pm. Visitors will step back in time to an old-fashioned Christmas with hot mulled cider and cookies, music in the Victorian Parlor, lovely seasonal decorations, its famous homemade pie sale, tours of the home, and weaving demonstrations. The musical entertainment on Saturday will be Gary VanSlyke from 1 - 3 pm and on Sunday Fleur de Lys from 1 - 3 pm. Admission and refreshments are free. Call 518-725-5261 for additional information.

A huge thank you goes out to our Mayfield High School Students who donated their time to do the monumental task of fall ...
11/08/2019

A huge thank you goes out to our Mayfield High School Students who donated their time to do the monumental task of fall clean-up at The Rice Homestead! Aren't they great!

Work Party at The Homestead Saturday! And you're invited!!! Saturday, October 26, at 10 AM. Please come by and help out ...
10/25/2019

Work Party at The Homestead Saturday! And you're invited!!!
Saturday, October 26, at 10 AM. Please come by and help out for an hour or two. Meet your neighbors; get some exercise; help the community! What benefits! At The Rice Homestead, 328 Riceville Road, Mayfield. For any questions, please call Bob Suits at 518 857 2820. Thank you for your support!

Is this what the Sacandaga Canal might have looked like in Northville, Broadalbin, or Mayfield?  Monday, October 21st, 7...
10/20/2019

Is this what the Sacandaga Canal might have looked like in Northville, Broadalbin, or Mayfield? Monday, October 21st, 7 pm, David Brooks, Education Director at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, will present “15 Miles on the Sacandaga Canal?” at the Mayfield Presbyterian Church, 22 N. Main Street, Mayfield. Mr. Brooks will discuss the construction and success of the Erie Canal and the subsequent “canal craze” that sparked the idea of a Sacandaga Canal. Attendees will discover the area’s efforts to expand their commercial reach as they sought to draw raw goods and resources from the Sacandaga Valley and throughout the Adirondack Mountains down to the Mohawk Valley. The program is free of charge and open to all. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Bob Suits at 518-725-5261

"15 Miles on the Sacandaga Canal"?  Could this have been a photo of Northville, Broadalbin, or Mayfield instead of all o...
10/18/2019

"15 Miles on the Sacandaga Canal"? Could this have been a photo of Northville, Broadalbin, or Mayfield instead of all our beautiful photos of the Great Sacandaga Lake? Come find out the story behind the idea of a Sacandaga Canal from David Brooks, Education Director at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, on Monday, October 21st, at 7 p.m. at the Mayfield Presbyterian Church, 22 N. Main Street, Mayfield. The program is free of charge and open to all. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Bob Suits at 518-725-5261

15 Miles on the Sacandaga Canal?  Hmmmm.... Join David Brooks, Education Director of the Schoharie Crossing State Histor...
10/15/2019

15 Miles on the Sacandaga Canal? Hmmmm.... Join David Brooks, Education Director of the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on Monday, October 21st, at 7 p.m. at the Mayfield Presbyterian Church, 22 N. Main Street, Mayfield. as he discusses the construction and success of the Erie Canal and the subsequent “canal craze” that sparked the idea of a Sacandaga Canal. The program is free of charge and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Brought to you by the Mayfield Historical Society!

Could we have been looking at this today instead of the Great Sacandaga Lake?  Find out some interesting local history f...
10/13/2019

Could we have been looking at this today instead of the Great Sacandaga Lake? Find out some interesting local history from David Brooks, Education Director at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site as he presents "15 Miles on the Sacandaga Canal?" on Monday, October 21st, at 7 pm at the Mayfield Presbyterian Church, 22 N. Main St., Mayfield. Free admission, refreshments served. 518-725-5261 for more info.

A very fluffy bunny!
10/13/2019

A very fluffy bunny!

Step back in time with a hot dog with Lee's Snack Bar meat sauce on top and stroll through the vintage and hot rod vehic...
10/11/2019

Step back in time with a hot dog with Lee's Snack Bar meat sauce on top and stroll through the vintage and hot rod vehicles tomorrow, Saturday, October 12th, 12-4 pm, at The Rice Homestead, 328 Riceville Rd., Mayfield! It's the Mayfield Historical Society's Fall Family Fest & Cruise-In!!!! 518-725-5261 for more info.

Love vintage vehicles?  Come to the Mayfield Historical Society's Fall Family Fest & Cruise-In this Saturday, Oct. 12th,...
10/09/2019

Love vintage vehicles? Come to the Mayfield Historical Society's Fall Family Fest & Cruise-In this Saturday, Oct. 12th, from 12-4 pm at The Rice Homestead! Antique and hot rod vehicles, food, face painting for the kids, animals, pumpkins, cider donuts, cider, hot dogs with Lee's Snack Bar meat sauce, tours of the Homestead, spinning and weaving demos, sale of the DVD "Harnessing Nature - Building the Great Sacandaga". 328 Riceville Road, Mayfield. First 50 cruise-in registrations receive commemorative dash plaque. Call 518-725-5261 for more info.

Riceville Road in Mayfield 1810...Make your way down this road on Saturday, October 12th, to The Rice Homestead for the ...
10/07/2019

Riceville Road in Mayfield 1810...Make your way down this road on Saturday, October 12th, to The Rice Homestead for the Mayfield Historical Society's Fall Family Fest & Cruise-In! 12 - 4 pm. 328 Riceville Road. Antique vehicles and hot rods, animals, face painting for the kids, cider donuts, cider, hot dogs with Lee's Snack Bar meat sauce, spinning & weaving demos, pumpkins, tours of the Homestead!
Call 518-725-5261 for more info.

Who remembers Lee's Snack Bar across the street from the Mayfield High School?  The daughter of Lee and Emma Goulet dona...
10/04/2019

Who remembers Lee's Snack Bar across the street from the Mayfield High School? The daughter of Lee and Emma Goulet donated her parents' secret hot dog meat sauce to the Mayfield Historical Society and the Society will be serving up hot dogs with that meat sauce on Saturday, October 12th, from 12 - 4 pm at The Rice Homestread, 328 Riceville Rd., Mayfield during their Fall Family Fest & Cruise-In! Come for the hot dogs and stay for the cruise-in, tours, face painting, cider and cider donuts, pumpkins, spinning & weaving demos, and animals! 518-725-5261 for more info.

Antique vehicles to Hot Rods!  That's what you'll see at the Fall Family Fest & Cruise-In at The Rice Homestead, Saturda...
10/01/2019

Antique vehicles to Hot Rods! That's what you'll see at the Fall Family Fest & Cruise-In at The Rice Homestead, Saturday, October 12th, 12 - 4 pm, 328 Riceville Road, Mayfield. First 50 cruise-in commitments receive a commemorative dash plaque! Sign up in advance with Bob Suits at 518-725-5261 or just arrive that day at 11:30 for set-up! Free tours of the Homestead, cider, donuts, hot dogs with Lee's Snack Bar meat sauce, face painting, animals, pumpkins, spinning & weaving demonstrations! Mark your calendar!

Antique & Hot Rod Vehicle Owners!  You are invited to the Mayfield Historical Society's Fall Family Fest & Cruise-In!  M...
09/22/2019

Antique & Hot Rod Vehicle Owners! You are invited to the Mayfield Historical Society's Fall Family Fest & Cruise-In! Mark your calendar! Saturday, October 12th, 12 - 4 pm at The Rice Homestead, 328 Riceville Road, Mayfield. First 50 cruise-in commitments receive a commemorative dash plaque! Sign up in advance with Bob Suits at 518-725-5261 or just arrive that day at 11:30 for set-up!

Last night the Mayfield Historical Society hosted renowned textile expert Rabbit Goody.  After touring the Rice Homestea...
08/15/2019

Last night the Mayfield Historical Society hosted renowned textile expert Rabbit Goody. After touring the Rice Homestead and Loom Room and having a picnic on the grounds with some members, she analyzed woven coverlets from guests and then gave a wonderful presentation to the large group of attendees.

Today's the day to bring your antique textile item to have Rabbit Goody tell you about it!  Wednesday, Aug. 14th, 7 pm M...
08/14/2019

Today's the day to bring your antique textile item to have Rabbit Goody tell you about it! Wednesday, Aug. 14th, 7 pm Mayfield Presbyterian Church, 22 N. Main St, Mayfield, internationally renowned textile historian presents "Historic Textiles - A Peek Into Our Past". Free admission. Presented by the Mayfield Historical Society.

Wednesday night, Aug. 14th, 7 pm!  Internationally renowned textile historian, researcher, lecturer, and teacher, Rabbit...
08/13/2019

Wednesday night, Aug. 14th, 7 pm! Internationally renowned textile historian, researcher, lecturer, and teacher, Rabbit Goody, of Thistle Hill Weavers, Cherry Valley, NY, will speak at the Mayfield Presbyterian Church, 22 North Main Street in Mayfield. She will focus on textile production in Upstate New York from 1750 to 1860 which will include local spinning and weaving, as well as a few special textiles found in the Mayfield Historical Society’s Rice Homestead museum. Ms. Goody will also discuss any textiles that attendees may wish to bring for her to look at and analyze. This program is being sponsored by the Mayfield Historical Society. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 518-332-0538 or 518-775-1449.

Any masons out there who would like to donate a bit of their time to the Mayfield Historical Society and fix the bottom ...
08/11/2019

Any masons out there who would like to donate a bit of their time to the Mayfield Historical Society and fix the bottom of a historic smoke house at The Rice Homestead? Please share this post to get the word out. Thank you! More info, call Bob Suits at 518-725-5261.

Looking for a way to pitch in and help your community?  This Saturday, August 10th, from noon - 4, the Mayfield Historic...
08/06/2019

Looking for a way to pitch in and help your community? This Saturday, August 10th, from noon - 4, the Mayfield Historical Society will be doing various odd yard-work jobs at The Rice Homestead, 328 Riceville Rd., Mayfield. Gloves, shovel, rake, weed whacker, clippers, trowels, etc might be needed. Come for an hour, come for four...your call. Any and all help is appreciated. We hope to see you there! More info call Bob Suits at 518-725-5261.

Doesn't seem like much, but find out why this piece of home-spun weaving is so important to the Mayfield Historical Soci...
08/05/2019

Doesn't seem like much, but find out why this piece of home-spun weaving is so important to the Mayfield Historical Society...Wednesday, Aug. 14th, 7 pm, Mayfield Presbyterian Church, 22 N. Main St., Mayfield. Internationally acclaimed textile historian Rabbit Goody presents: Historic Textiles - A Peek Into Our Past. Free admission. Refreshments served. More info: 518-332-0538

What can this 1838 coverlet at The Rice Homestead tell us about our past?  Come find out on Wednesday, August 14th, at 7...
07/30/2019

What can this 1838 coverlet at The Rice Homestead tell us about our past? Come find out on Wednesday, August 14th, at 7 pm at the Mayfield Presbyterian Church, 22 N. Main St., Mayfield, as the Mayfield Historical Society hosts the renowned textile historian Rabbit Goody. Admission is free, refreshments served. More info call 518-332-0538.

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328 Riceville Rd
Mayfield, NY
12117

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The Rice Homestead is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm from early June to the end of August. Admission is free.

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How wonderful to see you on Facebook. I so enjoyed my tour and learning about the area and Oliver's part in it. It is a wonderful time capsule.
What an amazing evening great food great entertainment awesome cars and last but not least great people and weather. We had a wonderful time and are looking forward to more.
Here's to an amazing 2018! Happy New Year The Rice Homestead!
Stopped by the Rice Homestead today, was wonderful to see all the mantels decorated and fires going and the singing group and tour folks were great. Thanks Bob and Deb Landrio (The Town Line Museum).
Stopped by the Rice Homestead today, was wonderful to see all the mantels decorated and fires going and the singing group and tour folks were great. Thanks Bob and Deb Landrio (The Town Line Museum).