Capital Campaign


What does the 1890 House mean to you? Some say it is a jewel in our crown city, showcasing Victorian culture, as well as the Wickwire family’s legacy in our community. We agree, but as with any jewel, it needs great care and polishing. For The 1890 House, that means upkeep and repairs.

Because of this, the current Board of Trustees is embarking on a $250,000 Capital Campaign.

We have identified three long-overdue projects and repairs that need attention:

    1. “Carriage House” (Barn) including a new roof, window repairs, and painting;
    2. The 1890 House Exterior including stonework repairs and painting; and
    3. The 1890 House Interior including restoration, plaster work and painting.

Please consider donating in one of these categories or make your own suggestion and help to preserve this local treasure and much-loved Cortland landmark for many generations to come.

$25:      Can of paint

$50:      Various restoration supplies

$100:    Stone Repair (a la “Buy a Brick”)

$250:    10 hours of labor

$500:    Equipment Rental

$1,000: Restore a window

$1,500: Restore a stained-glass window

$2,000: Restore a wood floor

$2,500:  Paint a small room

$25,000: Adopt a large room

Capital Campaign

Help us preserve this local treasue and reach our Campaign Goal by donating today.

What does the 1890 House mean to you?

Support Cortland's Landmark Building

The impressive collection found throughout the 1890 House Museum offer visitors the opportunity to step back in time to 19th century Cortland.  The unique history within our walls tells the stories of the Wickwire family, their servants, and the factory workers who toiled in Wickwire Wire Mills Factory.


We strive to educate and inspire every visitor through diverse programming and exhibitions.  With your help, we will preserve this Cortland County landmark for present and future generations.


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