Central New York Research. The eclectic ramblings of doing genealogy and growing up in that part of Upstate New York that is the central and Finger Lakes regions. With ancestors all over the northeast and beyond, there will be forays outside the area with trips and news on family history as well as local history.
individual museum or $7.00 for the TRAIL TICKET*
Children (11 to 17).........$2.00 individual museum or $5.00
for the TRAIL TICKET*
Seniors (70 and older)...$2.00 individual museum or $5.00 for
the TRAIL TICKET*
*The TRAIL TICKET includes admission to
all Museumsfor one low price!
Save over 35% on Adult admission to all Historic Palmyra Museums!
(I will be talking about the other museums included in
Hours: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Tuesday to
Saturday. Closed July 4
Located on a side street in the village
of Palmyra, this museum looks like there isn’t much there from the outside, but
once inside, you’ll realize that the first impression is totally wrong! This
museum is housed in a 1901 newspaper printing office.Coverlets were once a big industry in the Palmyra
area and the museum has the largest collection of American hand woven coverlets
in the entire United States.
“What exactly is a coverlet?” you may
be asking. It is a type of woven bedspread that is usually paired with
decorative pillows on the bed. All of the ones in this collection were woven
between 1820 and 1880. This is the age before commercial manufacturing when all
were made by hand on a large loom. Although we often think of women on pioneer
farms weaving cloth, men actually usually made these in small cottage
The museum houses many items related to
the weaving trade including looms, spinning wheels, and other tools of the
trade. There are punch cards that were used with some of the later looms to
form the patterns. If you’re old enough to remember the punch cards that were
used to program early computers, these are the forerunners of those cards.
What makes it special: There are many,
many coverlets on display at any given time. However, there are so many that it
takes them 6 years to rotate through the entire collection!
The gift shop also has many great items
to look through. There are books that tell more about the weaving industry and
its history as well as recipe books and many of the usual historical type souvenirs
available for purchase. Although this museum is not genealogical in nature, it
has a lot of information on the background of an early industry that was done
by many people. If you had an ancestor that was involved in the weaving trade,
especially of coverlets, there is a wealth of information here to help you fill
in details about what that ancestor’s life was like!