Built for late 19th century inventor & industrialist Chester F. Wickwire, we invite you to explore the 1890 House Museum. Creating countless patents, distributing mass quantities of woven wire goods throughout the United States and the world, Chester Wickwire also served as a philanthropist to his community and create this remarkable home.

Once lived in by two generations of the Wickwire family, this landmark building obtained its NYS Charter to serve as a historic house museum in 1984. Our staff and dedicated house guides are ready to transport you back in time to Cortland’s Gilded and Progressive Eras of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and into the Roaring 20s. Explore 37 Tompkins Street and its large collection of original house objects, art, furniture, photographs, textiles, and much more.

The 1890 House Museum

Open Thursday - Saturday 11am - 5pm

Open Sundays June-September): 11am - 3pm

37 Tompkins Street Cortland, NY 13045

Telephone: (607) 756-7551



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