Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center

Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center Connecting you to Waterford's vibrant past! This page connects you to all the great exhibits and activities and other fun historical and cultural aspects of the Town and Village of Waterford, New York.
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The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center is located in the 1830 Hugh White Homestead. In 1964, this Greek Revival mansion was scheduled for demolition. However, a group of citizens rallied to save the house and move it from Saratoga Avenue to its present location overlooking the Mohawk River and the old Champlain Canal. The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center features a permanent exhibition about the history of Waterford, temporary exhibitions related to local history, a Victorian period room, and the George and Annabel O’Connor Library for Local History.

#FlashbackFriday with Part 2 of looking back at the 2019-2020 Winter Lecture Series!
04/24/2020
Throwback 2019-2020 Lecture Series - Part 2

#FlashbackFriday with Part 2 of looking back at the 2019-2020 Winter Lecture Series!

Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway Executive Director, Michael Barrett, shared a presentation on the Trans-Continental Railroad. A transp...

While we keep our distance and put programs on hold for health reasons, you can still enjoy some virtual museum programs...
04/23/2020
Lecture Series 2019-2020 Throwback - Part 1

While we keep our distance and put programs on hold for health reasons, you can still enjoy some virtual museum programs - like our throwback to the 2019-2020 Winter Lecture Series!

As everyone practices social distancing and staying at home, museums are also closed - or remain in "off-season" until things go back to ...

An 1890s card to report on anyone in Waterford with a concerning illness. During the 19th century, there were outbreaks ...
04/10/2020

An 1890s card to report on anyone in Waterford with a concerning illness. During the 19th century, there were outbreaks of smallpox, typhus, yellow fever, "Asiatic / Russian" flu (1889-1890), cholera (there were 5 major outbreaks in that century) and even another wave of the bubonic plague. According to Hammersley's "History of Waterford, NY", the Health Officer had put an embargo on canal boats against Canadian invasion of cholera that had come to Waterford in 1855.

A view of the park area beside the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center - Lock 4 of the old Champlain Canal a...
04/06/2020

A view of the park area beside the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center - Lock 4 of the old Champlain Canal and the site of where 19th century businesses sprung up to take advantage of the canal and the power of the Mohawk River. First view from c.1966 and the second in 2011.

03/30/2020

The Waterford Historical Museum wants to check-in with everyone and share that we will remain in our off-season during this time. We hope to offer our museum season this summer (date TBD). As a small, private museum, we greatly appreciate any and all support. #socialdistancing #supportlocal

With everyone concerned about maintaining a healthy distance, should we bring these outfits back? 🤣
03/17/2020

With everyone concerned about maintaining a healthy distance, should we bring these outfits back? 🤣

TRIVIA NIGHT CANCELED: Due to the many voiced concerns over the spreading virus in New York and our desire to conduct ou...
03/13/2020

TRIVIA NIGHT CANCELED: Due to the many voiced concerns over the spreading virus in New York and our desire to conduct our programs and events in as safe an environment as possible, the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center's Trivia Night has been canceled.

We appreciate your interest and support of the museum, and apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you.

The snow and icy weather means it's time to pull on the heavy boots. These circa 1867 handmade wooden snowshoes probably...
02/07/2020

The snow and icy weather means it's time to pull on the heavy boots. These circa 1867 handmade wooden snowshoes probably were a big help to their original owners too!

These images from the museum collection are titled in their records as "Architecture" from a series the museum did in th...
01/31/2020

These images from the museum collection are titled in their records as "Architecture" from a series the museum did in the past. Can you tell where these particular photos were taken in Waterford?

Our lecture series continues with another local historic site - the Kate Mullany National Historic Site of Troy, NY! We'...
01/16/2020
February Presentation on Troy’s Kate Mullany National Historic Site | Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center - Waterford, NY

Our lecture series continues with another local historic site - the Kate Mullany National Historic Site of Troy, NY! We're excited to hear P. Thomas Carroll tell us all about this important figure in women's labor rights and the Collar Laundry Union. These lectures are a first-come, first served event, but if you require a seat at a table rather than chance getting a chair in the back or needing to stand for the program, contact the Van Schaick Island Country Club to ensure your needs can be accommodated.

February Presentation on Troy’s Kate Mullany National Historic Site Feb. 11 7pm Kate Mullany: The Legacy Of A Woman Trade Pioneer Van Schaick Island Country Club $6 Nonmember $5 Museum Member P. Thomas Carroll of the Kate Mullany National Historic Site will be sharing with us a presentation to dis...

There was an excellent selection of red and white wines for people to sample and an assortment of cheeses and other ligh...
01/11/2020

There was an excellent selection of red and white wines for people to sample and an assortment of cheeses and other light snacks to enjoy in our Winter Wonderland at last night's Wine & Cheese! 🍷🧀🍾

NYS Canal Corporation
01/03/2020

NYS Canal Corporation

#TBT: View of a typical barge canal lock at Lock No. 2 in Waterford (c. 1912).

Merry Christmas from the Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center! #WaterfordNY #MerryChristmas
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from the Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center! #WaterfordNY #MerryChristmas

Washington Irving wrote in his 1809 satirical "History of New York" of a vision had by Commodore Olaf Van Cortlandt, an ...
12/23/2019
“Santa Claus was Made by Washington Irving”

Washington Irving wrote in his 1809 satirical "History of New York" of a vision had by Commodore Olaf Van Cortlandt, an actual Dutch official in New Amsterdam in 1637 " And when St. Nicholas had smoked his pipe he twisted it in his hatband, and laying his finger beside his nose, gave the astonished Van Kortlandt a very significant look, then mounting his wagon, he returned over the treetops and disappeared." Hmmm....sound like a familiar tale to anyone?

Today being St. Nicholas Day, it seems fitting to reflect a bit on the cultural origins of the American version of that right jolly, old elf. One could argue that any number of people are responsib…

Looking for a fun winter activity now that it's "officially" winter? Snow storms and squalls aside, with ice around - es...
12/21/2019
Ice Skating Fashions of the Nineteenth Century

Looking for a fun winter activity now that it's "officially" winter? Snow storms and squalls aside, with ice around - especially for areas with canals - there's bound to be ice skating!

For most mid-nineteenth century ladies, fashionable outdoor sport consisted of little more than horseback riding, or a spirited game of croquet. But with the winter, came yet another option for outdoor activity. In her 1877 book The Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Etiquette, Eliza Duffey states that ice...

Are you ready for Christmas - all the decorations, foods, and presents all planned and prepared for? Learn more about ho...
12/20/2019
How Most of Our Christmas Traditions Began In the 1800s

Are you ready for Christmas - all the decorations, foods, and presents all planned and prepared for? Learn more about how many of those festive traditions you share with 19th century!

Our modern conception of Christmas celebrations really began in the 1800s, when Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and other traditions took hold.

12/08/2019
12/08/2019
About to kick off DASHIN' & DANCIN' with The Refrigerators at Cohoes Music Hall! #concerttime #cohoesny #dancin
12/07/2019

About to kick off DASHIN' & DANCIN' with The Refrigerators at Cohoes Music Hall! #concerttime #cohoesny #dancin

Happy Thanksgiving Waterford, NY! The Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center is always thankful for the support o...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving Waterford, NY! The Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center is always thankful for the support of our members, volunteers and our wonderful community.

Moriah Formica, Dave Cerrone of The Refrigerators and Anastasia Garceau, Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center...
11/19/2019
Schenectady Today 1111 11-19-19

Moriah Formica, Dave Cerrone of The Refrigerators and Anastasia Garceau, Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center Director had a chance to talk about the latest and greatest upcoming program to support the museum - DASHIN' & DANCIN' - set to spotlight the Capital Region's party band and talented rock artist, Moriah! Don't forget to get your tickets today for our concert on Dec. 7 at The Cohoes Music Hall.

Thanks so much to Ann Parillo and her wonderful volunteer crew on Schenectady - Capital Region TODAY for squeezing us in to talk!

There's plenty of room for our Treasures in the Closet event THIS FRIDAY- 7pm! Here's a #ThrowbackThursday to last year'...
11/14/2019

There's plenty of room for our Treasures in the Closet event THIS FRIDAY- 7pm! Here's a #ThrowbackThursday to last year's program. Here's the super-simple process of participating: Bring an item to the museum to share it's story. It could be a historic family item or even an item that you just can't seem to get rid of - does anyone else still have a travelling gnome that keeps finding its way back???

AN EXCITING DASHIN' & DANCIN' ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Joining The Refrigerators this year is MORIAH FORMICA! Just in case you we...
11/13/2019
The Cohoes Music Hall - Theater and Music Venue, Albany NY

AN EXCITING DASHIN' & DANCIN' ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Joining The Refrigerators this year is MORIAH FORMICA! Just in case you weren't sure what's in store at this great event: fantastic fun and soul music by The Refrigerators, songs to rock out to with Moriah Formica, a few holiday songs, Mr. & Mrs. Claus and a great space perfect to dance the night away! Support the museum with a purchase of a ticket - on sale now!

Tonight at 6pm at the Van Schaick Island Country Club: THE GREAT WATERFORD BANK ROBBERY OF 1872! Presented by Waterford ...
11/12/2019

Tonight at 6pm at the Van Schaick Island Country Club: THE GREAT WATERFORD BANK ROBBERY OF 1872! Presented by Waterford Town Historian, Russell VanDervoort.

There's even more to look forward to from this great event this year! Support the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultur...
11/12/2019

There's even more to look forward to from this great event this year! Support the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center by joining us with The Refrigerators and a special guest performer on Sat. Dec. 7! Tickets on sale now at www.thecohoesmusichall.org

OMG... have we got a very special announcement about this year's Dashin' and Dancin' party with the amazing Refrigerators, on 12/7, at the Cohoes Music Hall!!! But we have to wait until sometime next week to officially announce it. I can assure you you are absolutely not going to want to miss it... IT'S GOING TO BE AMAZING!!! So get your tickets NOW!!

A fun and festive event to help support the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center!
11/06/2019

A fun and festive event to help support the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center!

OMG... have we got a very special announcement about this year's Dashin' and Dancin' party with the amazing Refrigerators, on 12/7, at the Cohoes Music Hall!!! But we have to wait until sometime next week to officially announce it. I can assure you you are absolutely not going to want to miss it... IT'S GOING TO BE AMAZING!!! So get your tickets NOW!!

On this day in 1935, WHS shared it "Hallowe'en Greetings" edition of its newsletter.
10/30/2019
Hallowe'en Greetings From 1935 WHS

On this day in 1935, WHS shared it "Hallowe'en Greetings" edition of its newsletter.

Halloween - a holiday "invented by the candy company" to quote Disney's Hocus Pocus - has been a staple of American culture. Halloween ...

Uh oh! Looks like one of our guests from last Friday's evening event forgot to grab their hat on the way out. We're in o...
10/29/2019

Uh oh! Looks like one of our guests from last Friday's evening event forgot to grab their hat on the way out. We're in our off-season now, but just give us a call to come pick it up 🧢

Thank you to our visitors for making our 2019 museum season possible! We enjoy having all our visitors explore Waterford...
10/28/2019

Thank you to our visitors for making our 2019 museum season possible! We enjoy having all our visitors explore Waterford's history and heritage. As a private non-profit, we rely on your support! We are in our off-season until May. You can still visit with us by making an appointment to our permanent exhibits space or to our O'Connor Research Library & Archive. We have lots of great programs and events in the fall and winter that we invite you to come participate in! Learn more at www.waterfordmuseum.com

Don't forget to make a reservation for tonight's Paranormal Investigation Talk!!! We highly recommend that you reserve a...
10/25/2019

Don't forget to make a reservation for tonight's Paranormal Investigation Talk!!! We highly recommend that you reserve a seat (payment at the door). You can save a seat by confirming through our Facebook event post or give the museum a call. All seats that remain open will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. See you tonight for the Empire State Paranormal Society's presentation at 7pm!

October 12-13 is Ilovenewyork Fall Path Through History Weekend - Visit historic sites like the Waterford Historical Mus...
10/08/2019

October 12-13 is Ilovenewyork Fall Path Through History Weekend - Visit historic sites like the Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center to get your #PTH sticker and share on social media for a chance to earn some New York swag!

Have you created your ticket yet? Go to www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to create one that looks like this to bring a p...
09/20/2019

Have you created your ticket yet? Go to www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to create one that looks like this to bring a printed or digital copy of your ticket for FREE admission to the museum. This is a one-day-only event to explore the history right in your backyard!

If Waterford's original wooden Union Bridge was still around, it could've swiped the spot from Glimmerglass' 1825 bridge...
09/17/2019
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If Waterford's original wooden Union Bridge was still around, it could've swiped the spot from Glimmerglass' 1825 bridge for oldest wooden covered bridge in New York. It was built in 1804 but sadly, as wooden things may be prone to do, burned in 1909. But here's a good collection of those that are still around for you to enjoy!

This would be an especially beautiful road trip during autumn!

Join us this Saturday for FREE! Take advantage of Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day on 9/21 by printing out or bringing ...
09/17/2019
Visit A Participating Museum For Free on 9/21/19

Join us this Saturday for FREE! Take advantage of Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day on 9/21 by printing out or bringing to the museum a digital copy of your free admission pass you can get just by signing up at this link.

Join us for Museum Day on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Crawl through Waterford this Saturday! Stop at houses like this and learn some of the history surrounding them - Like wh...
09/13/2019

Crawl through Waterford this Saturday! Stop at houses like this and learn some of the history surrounding them - Like whether or not Waterford has any connection to Alexander Hamilton history.....Register at the museum to get your pink bracelet to show off your participation in this museum fundraiser event. $5 per person

How much do you know about hops? Come learn more with a presentation at the Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Cente...
09/12/2019

How much do you know about hops? Come learn more with a presentation at the Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center tomorrow with a presentation by Roger Savoy. Space is filling up so don't forget to make your reservation asap!

09/12/2019
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Participate in another of the museum's Homestead Programs this Friday, Sept. 13th at 7pm to learn more about hops and brewing in upstate New York - RSVP today! Seating is limited to a grand total of 30.

Make reservations for the Hops Program presented by Roger Savoy. Come and check out the homegrown hops and how they are used in various beers. Seating is limited!

Waterford, NY
09/12/2019

Waterford, NY

Have you picked up a copy of this month's The Xperience Monthly, Waterford's only newspaper? There is a great article about Waterford (with the help of the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center) and lots of Tugboat Roundup info. It's available at Waterford Beverage / Beer Belly Bob's, Corcoran's Towpath Tavern, and lots of locations throughout the 518.

There's something missing in this photo of the canal....wait, never mind. That's the Waterford dry dock with the tugboat...
08/30/2019

There's something missing in this photo of the canal....wait, never mind. That's the Waterford dry dock with the tugboat Syracuse getting maintenance. Photo from Michon collection c. 1910s/1920s #FlashbackFriday #Tugboat #WaterfordNY

WHMCC is looking forward to being a part of this fun-filled community event again! Stop by our booth Sept. 6-8 to see wh...
08/29/2019
Waterford Tugboat Roundup celebrating 20th anniversary

WHMCC is looking forward to being a part of this fun-filled community event again! Stop by our booth Sept. 6-8 to see what we have planned for upcoming programs and special events!

WATERFORD, N.Y. — The Waterford Tugboat Roundup will be celebrating its 20th anniversary at its upcoming festival next month.

Roger Savoy of Homebrew Emporium and Emporium Farm Brewery will be offering a presentation on hops in upstate New York a...
08/29/2019
Historical Hops – A presentation on the rise & fall of the hops plant in upstate NY by Roger Savoy | Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center - Waterford, NY

Roger Savoy of Homebrew Emporium and Emporium Farm Brewery will be offering a presentation on hops in upstate New York at the Waterford Historical Museum Friday, Sept. 13th. Make your reservation today!

Historical Hops – A presentation on the rise & fall of the hops plant in upstate NY by Roger Savoy Hops in Upstate NY Fri, Sept. 13 7pm-9pmRESERVATION REQUIRED – Limit of 30 seats Payment deadline: Sept. 12 $7 Non-members $3 Members The hops plant was king of crops in upstate NY from 1830-1880. ...

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The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center is located in the 1830 Hugh White Homestead. It overlooks the old Champlain Canal route, with the old Lock 4 accessible from the museum parking lot for visitors to explore! In 1964, this Greek Revival mansion was scheduled for demolition. However, a group of citizens rallied to save the house and move it from Saratoga Avenue to its present location overlooking the Mohawk River and the old Champlain Canal. The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center features a permanent exhibition about the history of Waterford, temporary exhibitions related to local history, and the George & Anabel O’Connor Research Library and Archive.

From the native inhabitants and early Dutch settlement of the area to today, the museum offers much to learn about Waterford’s vibrant past - the multiple canal systems, the industrial history, Button Fire Engine Co., and much, much more!

The museum is actively engaged in presenting educational programs such as our fourth grade hands-on history experience, Canalways, that introduces students to NYS Canal history. We host an annual Winter Lecture Series and other great programs throughout the year.

Our museum season is May - October, but we’ve expanded hours for our permanent exhibit to include January - April.

You can contact the museum at [email protected] or at (518) 238-0809

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OMG... have we got a very special announcement about this year's Dashin' and Dancin' party with the amazing Refrigerators, on 12/7, at the Cohoes Music Hall!!! But we have to wait until sometime next week to officially announce it. I can assure you you are absolutely not going to want to miss it... IT'S GOING TO BE AMAZING!!! So get your tickets NOW!!
Make reservations for the Hops Program presented by Roger Savoy. Come and check out the homegrown hops and how they are used in various beers. Seating is limited!
I am trying to trace the John Johnson family who lived there in roughly 1850. The father married a Heneratta, and his son John, married a Jeanette Rutherford Easton. Anyone know these names?