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Museum Exhibits: Erie canal, Family, Farming & Industry

The Fairport Museum is divided into three areas of interest. The south wing showcases domestic and family life including costumes and accessories, the north wing focuses on our early history with displays on early settlers, farming, canal development and area industry. Located in the west end is a general store with history publications and gift items for sale.


Social, Domestic & Family Life - South Wing

People in the Fairport and Perinton area have donated all of the items in this wing to the museum. The artifacts show 19th and early 20th century American life and the domestic arts including sewing, food preparation, cooking, canning, cleaning, and leisure.There are also school items and pictures of the Fairport Schools, the Georgiene Bolton hatpin collection and George Lawrence pharmaceutical collection.


Erie Canal, Farming & Industry - North Wing

Displayed here are Native American objects found in Perinton, the Erie and Barge Canal development, businesses and products made in Fairport and inventors and inventions from the area. Early patrons and founders of businesses, which helped Fairport prosper, are represented. You will find displays on the DeLand family, Robert Douglas, Dr. Kohler and many others.


More contemporary local history items include pictures of buildings razed for urban renewal, festivals such as Old Home Week 1908, the Perinton Sesquicentennial 1962 and Fairport Centennial 1967.This wing also contains the Helen Butler/Elma Gaffney Memorial Library of local history books and manuscripts.



Museum Hours of Operation:

The Museum is free and open to the public on Tuesday and Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are closed in January and February.

Volunteers are available to answer general questions and to pull files for researchers during normal hours of operation.

Tours of the museum are self-guided but special tours can be arranged by appointment. There is no charge for special group tours, but a donation to the Museum would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to do in depth research, the Museum Director  is available to assist you. Please call for an appointment.

Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.
Closed: January & February



Social & Domestic Life Wing


Farming, Canal Development & Industry Wing


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