A volunteer run 501(c)3 museum preserving the history of the Kenmore Tonawanda area. Open to the public the first Sunday of every month May-October from 2-4 PM. Historic presentations the Third Tues of March-June and September-December 7:15 PM
St. Peter's German Evangelical Church was built in 1849 by settlers from the Alsace Lorraine region of France/Germany. On their way here they settled in the Mohawk valley for a short period and are often referred to as the Mohawk Settlers. Largely, their owned farms in the Military/Ensminger/Knoche Road area.
The bricks of the church were made from clay at Ive's Pond and carried by oxcart to the church site. Laborers from cholera-ridden Buffalo were glad to get away to get work in the clean air of Tonawanda.
The church land was donated by Philip Knoche and various financers, including Johannes (John) Pirson, lent funds.
The last religious service occurred in June 1967 with only 8 members remaining. Several years of legal work led to the Town acquiring the building in 1970.
The Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society museum, 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda, held its Grand Opening on March 21, 1976, a highlight of the Bicentennial Year. 500 visitors came to the museum the first week.
We thank the Town for maintaining the building and grounds, the Kenmore Garden Club for beautifully landscaping each year, and the tireless efforts of the Board and volunteers in maintaining the museum operations.
Help us help preserve our local heritage. Become a member and volunteer! Send us a message and we will get you a membership application. Thank you!