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Yates County History Center

107 Chapel St, Penn Yan, NY 14527-1128
+1 315-536-7318
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Great Local History Resource

This cute little museum is a great resource for local history. They have a display on a historic... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2016
Rochester, New York
Interesting Local History

Stopped by to check out the local history scene and found some interesting local history on the... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2016
New Bern, North Carolina
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The Yates History Center is one of the premier museums in the Finger Lakes. Actually, it is three museums in one - the Oliver House Museum, the L. Carolin Underwood Museum, and the Scherer Carriage House all adjacent to one another on Main Street and Chapel Street near downtown Penn Yan. There are extensive resources for genealogical and local history researchers and several displays and exhibitsThe Yates County History Center is open Tuesdays thru Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm.
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  • Average11%
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107 Chapel St, Penn Yan, NY 14527-1128
+1 315-536-7318
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Reviewed 9 June 2016

This cute little museum is a great resource for local history. They have a display on a historic local religious leader who was the first female to lead a religious movement. They have lots of reference material on family genealogy as well. The staff was...More

Thank conwill
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Stopped by to check out the local history scene and found some interesting local history on the first woman religious leader in the US. Who would have known?

Thank chrismlr72
Reviewed 11 October 2015

If you want an afternoon of learning history of Yates County and surrounding areas you have come to the right place. The people there tell you most everything you want to know. They are very informative and good at answering questions you may have. Everyone...More

Thank Deborah L
Reviewed 9 October 2015

These 3 small museums are definite gems and well worth visiting. Staffed by volunteers and running on donations rather than charges they offer a real insight into the history of the area.

Thank pmjj2015
Reviewed 31 August 2015

Really cool little museum, if you are interested in the steam boats, the people or the area, this is the place to visit. A quaint old house with a ton of stuff inside and very friendly people to answer any questions. Free entry and entertaining...More

Thank majiksea
Reviewed 18 December 2014

Friendly staff and an interesting intro to the history of the area. Right in the center of town. Worth a visit.

Thank gregv_ma
Reviewed 16 June 2014

If you have roots that date back to the early days of Penn Yan, then the Yates County History Center is a must-see. With records and artifacts collected by the residents, there's plenty of personal history to be discovered. For a tourist, it a nice...More

1  Thank HashtagAirBuds
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We learned some very interesting history that made our stay more enjoyable as we were able to make some new connections around the area. The museum is free, and there are several buildings to see though we only had time for the Oliver House. A...More

1  Thank Morgan S
Reviewed 10 November 2013

I visited here in October 2013 and went to the Caroline Underwood Museum next door to the History Center. I was thrilled to discover a large box filled with photos that were free! My intent was to go in and buy 2 books and leave...More

2  Thank MaryMacABC
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