Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford
(4.7/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
The Genesee Country Village and Museum is a 19th-century living history museum covering more than 600acre located in small hamlet of Mumford, New York, about 20mi from Rochester, New York, USA. On the museum property is the 19th-century village (The Historic Village), the John L. Wehle Gallery of Sporting Art, the Genesee Country Nature Center, the Carriage Museum, the Silver Baseball Park and the Heirloom Gardens. The facility offers numerous special events and classes throughout the year.OriginThe Genesee Country Village & Museum was conceived and founded by John L. Wehle in 1966. Jack Wehle was a collector of art and recognized that another art form, the work of regional carpenters, master builders, and housewrights, was fast disappearing from the landscape. The proposed museum was to be a village of selected examples of 19th-century Genesee Country architecture that demonstrated not only form, but also function. The buildings would be showcases of the disciplines of cabinetry, weaving, pottery and other artisans which would be displayed in appropriate cultural context.A site for this undertaking was chosen in Mumford, New York, a quiet corner in Monroe County. Much of the land, once cleared and farmed, had reverted to the wild state which greeted the first settlers. Stone fences trailing through the rolling woodlands and anchoring the hedgerows remained as evidence of the frontier farming venture.For ten years the founder and the museum director, architectural historian Stuart Bolger, guided a corps of carpenters and masons in turning the long-neglected land to new uses in the form of a recreated village. During the first decade of development, some three dozen buildings of the style, type, and function found in the rural communities of western New York were acquired and placed in the configuration of an early Genesee Country hamlet. Vintage farm structures were moved in and placed alongside the village. With care and historical respect these buildings were restored.
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  • Fortunately the large village is far from the sounds of the freeway, making it easy to imagine neighborhoods before cars: peaceful. Buildings are well organized into periods. Delightful to walk throug...  more »
  • Went for the Spirits of the Past this year. I have wanted to do this before and never got the chance. You may want to grab a bite to eat before attending as the food was pricey. Not a place for anyone...  more »
  • I always love to visit living history places. I had heard about this spot. Since I was going to be nearby, I made a visit, and I was glad that I did. It is a big place with lots to see. The downside i...  more »
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  • I have lived in the area for years now, and had never actually visited until last week when my parents were out, and we needed something to do with them and my sons. It was very interesting for us, and even my two year old seemed to enjoy running from house to house, "visiting". The grounds are well kept and the homes staffed with knowledgeable docents, one of whom was even able to play, 'wheels on the bus' on the hydraulophone (water glasses) for my son! The price was $18 per adult, but the kids (under 3) were free. Not bad for a one time visit, but with kids, it was impossible to do and see everything in the one day we were there.
  • The most amazing place to visit, whether it's bringing the kids or an adult day trip. Huge village with so much history. And also actors in each time period depicting what life was life and also teaching people the ways of the times. Highly, highly recommend this place
  • Great atmosphere, fabulous specials, and very attentive and professional service for dining. The bartenders are not as attentive unfortunately, is the only reason I did not give it 5 stars.
  • Not only is GCVM a great living museum, with actual buildings and well-informed actor/volunteer/impersonators, they run summer day camps our kids love, where they ENJOY learning about history and pretending to live in it...
  • What a fun place. So much for children and adults to learn and take a step back in time.