New York State is rich with history dating back to the early arrival of the Native Americans, the settlement by the French and Dutch, and the establishment as one of the Thirteen Colonies. New York has been the location for numerous battles during wartime including the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 (on the shores of Lake Ontario). It was a critical contributor to the Underground Railroad and the birthplace of the woman’s rights movement.
The list of historical events goes on, and the pieces that remain of this rich history can be found throughout New York State in the form of museums, historical locations, parks, and more. Here is a listing of some of my favorite historical locations in New York State:
- Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY (near Rochester) is the location where a community of the Seneca tribe lived. The site features a visitor center, guided trail hikes and the Bark Longhouse, a traditional Seneca dwelling.
- Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst, NY is a historic village with several original structures from the 1800s. The site also includes several exhibits depicting life during this time period.
- McClurg Museum in Westfield, NY is located in a mansion build in 1818 and features historical information and artifacts about Chautauqua County. The historic home is also host to many special events during the year including a regular speaker series.
- Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY features 22 exhibition galleries on topics such as boating, log cabins, logging, and railroad. The museum is also host to special events such as art fairs, kids’ activities, and more.
- Erie Canal Village in Rome NY is a reconstructed 19th century settlement. The location features buildings representative of the era as well as three museums that tell the story of the Erie Canal.
- Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY takes a look back on the history of the sport. The site features a museum with baseball related artifacts and photos as well as a Hall of Fame gallery that honors those who made the greatest impact on the game.
- National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY features a gallery exhibit that honors the women who have been inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame. The site also features numerous special events to celebrate women and women’s rights.
- New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY includes over 10,000 artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War that relate to the military efforts of those in New York. This collection includes numerous pieces from the civil war.
- Montauk Lighthouse Museum in Montauk, Long Island, NY is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. The site features tours of the lighthouse as well as a museum that includes many historical documents and photos – not to mention a beautiful view on the water.
- Big Onion Walking Tours in New York City features numerous walking tours in various areas of the five boroughs that highlight the historical significance of those locations and landmarks.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg. New York is home to hundreds of historical sites in all areas of the state. You can find a more comprehensive listing of locations here or here. In route to visiting these historical sites take the time for a brief stay at one of the numerous campgrounds in New York. Taking time for an overnight or long weekend will allow for even more appreciation of the sites that the great state of New York has to offer.