When you explore Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, you’ll travel back to a time when life moved at a gentler pace… when families shared work and played together… when the proud heritage of our region was just beginning. You can experience that heritage as it comes to life on the beautiful 35-acre grounds. Tour historical homes, a rural church and one-room schoolhouses from the Buffalo Niagara region. Interact with costumed interpreters who will graciously welcome you to our quaint Village and show you what life was like in the 19th century. Visit our working blacksmith shop and watch in amazement as members of the New York State Designer Blacksmiths perform daily demonstrations.
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village was originally established in 1972 as Amherst Museum. As a department of the Town of Amherst, the museum focused on the history of the Town and its impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in the 19th century.
In order to engage a broader audience and highlight the rich heritage of the entire region, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village became a fully independent 501c3 non-profit organization on January 1, 2011, widening its focus to help visitors of all ages live the history of our region.
The 2015 Season offers many Special Event, including the 31st Annual Buffalo Niagara Scottish Festival, Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans August 15th 11:00am – 6:00pm. Woodworking with Scott Schotz. September 10th 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Historic Homes vs. Modern Counterparts* September 12th 10:30pm – 4:30pm (requires reservations or pre-registration.
Taste of Christmas Past* December 5th 5:30pm – 9:30pm Countryside Christmas Tours* December 5th 2:00pm – 7pm. Holiday Tea* December 13th 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
* require reservations or pre-registration
The 20,000 square foot Shaw Exhibit Building is open year round – ‘From Forest to Front Lawn’ and features exhibits as: Suiting Up : American Uniforms, uniforms from 1898 to present day. Vice and Virtue: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, explore how the 18th Amendment sought to bring on a age of temperance and virtue, which instead resulted in an increase in excess, indulgence, and vice. Pioneer Kitchen, visit a replica of a pioneer kitchen offering hands-on learning experiences for children. Erie Canal Exhibit. Street of Shops, this re-creation off a Main Street.including a General Store, Watchmaker, Barbershop and Pharmacist. Martha C. Schmidt Decorative Arts Gallery, collection of 19th and 20th century glassware and pottery. Tuning In and Reaching Out: A Story of Radio & Television, a newly updated exhibit of television, radio, and communication equipment from 1920-1950. Others areas include: 9/11 Remembered, Niederlander Research Library, How they Moved Here and museum Store.
Located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road Amherst NY 14228. For additional information, www.bnhv.org or call 716-689-1440
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