The Wickwire Factory

The Wickwire Brothers Shortly after the Civil War, Raymond Wickwire helped his son, Chester, 22, start a grocery store on Main Street in Cortland. After Raymond’s death, Chester switched to selling hardware. At this point, Chester had $8 – 9,000 in addition to his...

The Wickwire Family

Ardell Lucy Rouse Wickwire was born to Simeon and Sabrina Rowley Rouse in 1845. Ardell married Chester Wickwire on Oct. 2nd, 1866. After their wedding, they moved into her mother’s house at 17 Tompkins Street in Cortland. She gave birth to her first child, Raymond, in...

Chester F. Wickwire

Chester Franklin Wickwire Chester Franklin Wickwire was the second child of Raymond and Elmira Wickwire, farmers living in McGraw, NY. In 1865, Chester left home at the age of 22 to seek his fortune in the nearby city of Cortland, NY. He opened a grocery store and a...

Board and Staff

BOARD Megan Eves, President Mark Harrington, Vice President Lisa Soler, Treasurer Stacey McCall, Secretary Lee Benson Evan Faulkenberry Stephanie Koslowski Marilyn Palmer Nancy Hopkins Dan Horn John Saraceno Jerry Wilcox STAFF Meg Hutchins, Museum Director Jarrett...
Museum Mission and History

Museum Mission and History

MISSION The 1890 House Museum aims to promote and interpret the historical and cultural significance of this property to the public. The 1890 House seeks to collect, preserve, research, display, and interpret objects that promote local and national history of...
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