The impressive collection found throughout the 1890 House Museum offers 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.
SUPPORT CORTLAND’S HISTORIC BUILDING
SUPPORT OUR 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:
- “Carriage House” (Barn) including a new roof, window repairs, and painting;
- The 1890 House Exterior including stonework repairs and painting; and
- 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
SUPPORT OUR FRAMING THE PAST PHOTO PROJECT
Founded in 1975 and receiving its NYS Charter as a historic house museum in 1984, the 1890 House Museum boasts an impressive collection of photographs. These photographs document the lives of the Wickwire family and their friends from the late 19th century through the 20th century. When inventor & industrialist Chester F. Wickwire moved into his home on June 1, 1890, he photographed each room as it was. These photographs have now been digitally preserved by Roger Theise from Roger Williams Photography. Some of these interior photos have never been on view to the public before.
Thursdays - Saturdays
11 am – 4 pm
12 pm - 4 pm
CLOSED for the month of JANUARY
37 Tompkins St. Cortland, NY 13045
Telephone: (607) 756 7551