Dundee Area Historical Society holds open house

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The Schoolhouse Museum in Dundee

Be sure to visit the Old Schoolhouse Museum at 26 Seneca St., Dundee on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Dundee Area Historical Society will be holding its annual open house. All are welcome to attend. Take some time and stop by, tour the museum and the Hoyt Coal Weigh Station, enjoy some light refreshments and learn about Dundee churches.

The early white settlers of this area were followers of Jemima Wilkinson. Twenty-five of them arrived in 1788 settling near the the Outlet along Seneca Lake. They were called the Universal Friends. As with many early pioneers they soon built a one room school which was also used as a center for worship. Soldiers from the Sullivan Clinton Campaign discovered how wonderful this area was with clean, clear water, fertile land, forests and plentiful game. And they, too, moved west from the original colonies to settle here. As the number of people grew the first community structures were schools and churches.

Linda Jackson’s ancestors settled in Barrington in 1806. She compiled the book Aspiring Christians for the 175th anniversary of Yates County and will share with us the stories of the Dundee Baptist Church, the First Presbyterian Church, the Fundamental Baptist Church, Grace Episcopal, St. Andrew’s Catholic and the United Methodist Church. She will also include the story of the Barrington Community Church.

To learn more about the Dundee Area Historical Society visit their website at DundeeAreaHistory.com, check the facebook page or call 607-243-7047. The Old Schoolhouse Museum is open Tuesday through Thursday 1 to 5 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the third Saturday of each month 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May through October. Admission is free. Stop in and visit, you’ll be glad you did.