Exhibits currently on display feature collections that document the personal, social, cultural, political, religious, military, medical, industrial, and agricultural history of the people of the 17 towns of Livingston County. The objects in the Livingston County Museum are used to create a sense of place for the Livingston County community and have great possibilities for public enlightenment and education. Our collections comprise approximately 5,000 objects including clothing and household textiles, household objects, ceramics and china, paintings, kitchen utensils, toys and dolls, furniture, objects associated with local industries, objects associated with Native Americans, Groveland Shaker Colony objects, tools and farming implements, musical instruments, war memorabilia, early lighting, photography, typewriting, and other technologies, and artifacts from local salt mines.
Always About the Land
"Always About the Land" tells a story of Livingston County from pre-European settlement to the present day. The innovative exhibit incorporates nine artifacts, a large artist-created background mural of the Livingston County countryside, and a narrative graphic rail connecting a visitor with a meaningful county identity and sense of place.
This painting of the Big Tree shows this particularly large specimen of oak tree on the banks of the Genesee River prior to its fall in 1857. Visitors can view a copy of the 1797 Big Tree Treaty as well as a section of the infamous Big Tree observable in a shelter on the grounds of the museum.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865), this exhibit interprets the Genesee Valley during this time and what role Livingston County regiments and leaders played in the war. Images of present day monuments in towns throughout Livingston County memorialize this part of America’s history.
Home & Hearth
The Home and Hearth room displays mostly 19th century objects commonly used for cooking, cleaning, and sewing. A timber frame loom serves as a focal point among such utilitarian objects as spinning wheels, cast iron cookware, and pieces used for cleaning.
The Genesee Valley is rich in salt deposits and mining in the region has been popular since 1878. This exhibit displays images, documents, and artifacts from the mining industries of Retsof Mine Company, Sterling Salt Mine, and the American Rock Salt Company as well as examples of different grades of rock salt.
This exhibit presents visual images and artifacts representing education in Livingston County primarily during the years 1820-1932 when this site itself was a schoolhouse, Geneseo District #5. A total of 171 district schools existed throughout the villages and country roads of Livingston County until increased population and consolidation closed one-room schoolhouses.
“The Groveland Shakers 1826-1892” describes the community in Groveland who migrated from the shores of Lake Ontario onto 1670 acres of fertile land centrally located in Groveland, New York. This exhibit features a replica of an intact shaker stone found at the former shaker site which is now home to the Groveland Correctional Facility.
War of 1812
To commemorate the 200th year anniversary of the War of 1812, the 1812 exhibit features four panels displayed on a vertical four-sided column and answers the questions...”What did the War of 1812 mean for the Native Americans, the United States, the British, and the Genesee Valley?” Also featured are a listing of all known 1812 veterans in Livingston County, artifacts, and an 1812 booklet.