The youngest visitors to the Yates County History Center now have a fun-filled room just for them. The children’s room at the Oliver House Museum is now open for everyone’s enjoyment.

Executive Director Tricia Noel noted that past visitors to the History Center had asked about child friendly activities in Yates County. “We are very pleased to offer a fun learning experience for our youngest guests. The agricultural theme is a salute to our farming friends and neighbors.”

The dedicated room on the second floor of the Oliver House Museum is painted a colorful blue and decorated with images of young farm animals. 

Children are invited to come and meet Betsy the cow, handcrafted and donated by Oak Grove Woodworking, Hazard Road, Penn Yan. Betsy, a Holstein dairy cow, stands four feet tall. A raised bed veggie patch is filled with carrots for kids to harvest. 

Puzzles, books, a chicken coop, and a barn are all available for visitors to play with.

The History Center is grateful for the donation of the apple picking tree constructed by Penn Yan Academy students. Thanks also go to Ellen Chirco for her assistance in creating the exhibit.

The Yates County History Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 4 p.m. plus Saturdays during August from 10 2 p.m. The center are located at 107 Chapel St. in Penn Yan. For more information, visit