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Clarence Historical Museum & Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit

November 23rd, 2015 by asaransom

Clarence Historical Museum & Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit

Part of the Wilson Greatbatch Exhibit at
the Clarence Historical Museum

The original Holland Land purchase from Robert Morris was 3,250,000 acres including the area west of the Genesse River, north to Lake Ontario, West to Lake Erie, and south to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Before Robert Morris, a Philadelphia Banker and signer of the Declaration of Independence, could give Holland Land Co. title to their purchase, it was necessary to first obtain title from the Indians. At the Treaty of Big Tree in 1791, the Indian exchanged their rights to the land in return for $100,000 and 200,000 acres to be retained and used for reservations.

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Wine Pairing Dinner – November 12

October 30th, 2015 by asaransom

Red wine in wineglass against corked bottle on wood background. Warm color toned imageOur second 7-course Wine Pairing Dinner November 12 will feature handcrafted wines from  Woodbury Vineyards. Each dinner will feature a specially selected wine for that course. The menu is 90% final, may be tweaked:

Butternut squash bisque with candied bacon garnish.  Wine: Seaport White (Chardonnay Blend) and/or Seaport Blush

Fan sliced duck over quinoa pilaf with dried cherries, pistachios and fennel.  Wine: Marechal Fosh and/or Vintner’s Reserve Barrel Aged Chardonnay.

Organic greens, roasted beets, walnuts and a toasted coriander dressing.  Wine: Gewurztraminer

Salmon with a orange honey nut glaze.   Wine: 2013 Riesling and/or Vidal Blanc.

Grilled tenderloin en croute with a roasted shallot and red wine reduction on sweet potato hay.   Wine: Cabernet Franc

Harvest cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream and ginger cookie.  Wine: Glacier Ridge Freeze (ice wine) or Fruit Wine.

NY State cheese plate   Wine: Enjoy with your favorite.


Dinner with start at 6:30 at $65 per person. Space is limited, best to book early


Asa Ransom House 40th Anniversary

October 9th, 2015 by asaransom

Asa Ransom House 40th Anniversary   In appreciation for all the special guests that have visited Asa Ransom House in its 40 years, we are offering a complimentary $40 Gift Card for any couple staying with us during the month of November. The card can be used for the Gift Shop, Wine/Cocktails or a future visit (or as a Christmas Gift).  For our public dinner guests, we offer a glass of wine (non alcoholic available) for 40 cents during the month of November. Restrictions may apply.

A little History. The Asa Ransom House has grown from two original guest rooms to ten today, with additions in 1975 and 1993 to the original 1853 structure. Asa Ransom was a silversmith plying his trade in the little fur trading post on the shores of Lake Erie (now Buffalo). In 1799, the Holland Land Company offered lots 10 miles apart in what is now Clarence, to “any proper man who would build and operate a tavern.” He erected a spacious two-story log house and tavern to house both his family and weary travelers. When completed this was the first so called hotel in what is now Erie County. The Indians of the area were delighted with the trinkets he fashioned and gave him the name “0-wis-ta-no-at-squo-nish,,” meaning “maker of silver.” Months after the completion of the tavern and log house the first white male child born on Holland Purchase arrived November 5, 1799.

In 1803 Asa Ransom finished the construction of his grist mill, the first in what is now Erie County.  Settlers from all over Western New York came here to have their grain ground into flour. Up until this time the nearest gristmill was at Chippewa in Canada. The grain was ground by means of a water wheel. There was a much greater flow of water prior to the clearing of the forests. Down the stream in connection with the mill, Mr. Ransom operated a distillery. Any excess wheat that he purchased from the early settlers, was made into whiskey at the distillery, and in turn sold at his tavern.

In the early 1920’s, fire partially destroyed the mill. Mr. Ryley (owner at the time) had it restored but a short time later, it again burned and was never rebuilt. In our library, we have a picture history book that includes some very early pictures guests are welcome to view.

A special program our guests look forward to each year, is the “Marvelous March and April -Two for One”,  Guest stay one night and the second night is complimentary, with the fire place rooms most popular!. Dinner is required one night, and many request a table by the wood burning fireplace in the dining room. Book early for your choice of rooms. View rooms on our new web site:  http:www.asaransom.  This special promotion must be booked with the Inn via email or 1-800-841-2340Wilson Greatbatch at Asa Ransom


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The Great Pumpkin Farm & Fall Festival

August 25th, 2015 by asaransom

The Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival 2015The Great Pumpkin Farm & Fall Festival in Clarence NY annual event opens Saturday, September 12th.  Its Western New York’s premier fall family festival, and it’s back for 2015. This year’s extravaganza is open a week earlier on September 12-13 and it’s a Free Admission weekend! The entire festival runs from September 12 through October 25 and includes all your favorite special events from the past …including Oinktoberfest BBQ Cook-off weekend September 18,19,20, Pie Eating Competition; Pig Races Sept. 26 & 27, the World Pumpkin Weigh-off on October 3-4, the Trebuchet (catapult) Contest on October 17-18 and the final weekend; Costume Contest October 24-25.

The Month-long celebration features such activities and attractions as a Corn Maze, Mining for Gems, Hay Rides, Cow Train, Amusement Rides, Face Painting, Magic and Juggling and the “Crackling Hen” Revue and much more! Again this year:  The Buffalo Zombie Mud Run will be held on September 12 as a separate event on the grounds and admission applies to this event only. Shoot pumpkins with the full size sling shots; and don’t miss Professor Pumpkin, the new animated Pumpkin! Also new this year is the Jumbo Jumping Pillows.

Festival hours are 10am to Dusk daily. There are special admission prices during the special weekend celebrations of 7.00 per person (children under 3 are free) and parking is always free at the Great Pumpkin Farm. Discount tickets are available only at Wegmans! Your admission includes a free tractor hayride, free entertainment including a juggling act, magic show & animated chicken show, free face painting. Also included a contest for kids and adults including pie eating, scarecrow making, mummy wrapping, pumpkin decorating and a kids craft area. You also will receive discount coupons for the Cornmaze, panning for gems, horse drawn hayrides, the boo barn, the cow train and more, as well as a discount on a Family Pack of tickets for the midway. Your admission also includes the special event of the weekend.

The Great Pumpkin Farm Fall Festival 2015The Great Pumpkin Farm & Fall Festival is located at 11199 Main street in Clarence NY, and online at

The Great Pumpkin Farm is located next to Antique World & Flee Market – NY’s Largest Indoor/Outdoor Market Flea Market, open 8am to 4 pm Saturday & Sunday – just the place for DIY’s to find the perfect gem to finish your project   5 Huge Shops are open 6 days 11am to 5pm (closed Wednesdays). Shops include: Expo Center Co-op, Premier Antique Center, WNY Antique Center, 3 Old Dogs Antiques and Clarence Antique Mall. For more information on Antique World visit:

Just 1 mile west from Antique World and the Great Pumpkin Farm is the Asa Ransom House Country Inn, a perfect place to relax, choose from 20 entrees for dinner, then retire in one of the Inn’s 10 rooms, some have a Porch or Balcony (book early as they are popular!)  The next morning enjoy a full Country breakfast before starting your exciting day. View accommodations at






Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10

August 19th, 2015 by asaransom

Vidler's 5 & Dime

“I can’t believe how big this store is!” We hear this every day from happily surprised customers about Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10. A great place for the entire family with 2 levels occupying 4 connected 19th century buildings. From nostalgic candy, novelty toys and kitchen gadgets to the newest items for the recreational shopper. Distinctive shops feature crafts, jewelry, candles and seasonal décor.

Take a trip down memory lane as you walk on original wooden floors, eat a 10 cent bag of popcorn. Hear the delighted laughter of kids taking a 10 cent ride on Sandy, the mechanical horse.

History – It all started in 1939. Today the third generation of the Vidler family manages the store which has become a local landmark and destination point for shoppers near and far. The 5 & 10 is easily recognized by the red and white awning, gingerbread trim, hand painted, gold leaf sign, and the colossal “Vidler on the Roof”. Inside you see the original wooden floors, big open counters (the same ones that Grandma… and Great Grandma browsed) and a store chock full of every kind of merchandise imaginable from lace doilies to music cd’s.

Half the Fun of Vidler’s is just wandering around and discovering all the nooks and crannies. Candy – See the incredible selection of old-time favorites such as Necco wafers, Sky Bars, Mallo Cups, Super Daddies, Satellite Wafers, Crystal Beach Suckers, French Chew, wax bottles , rock candy and a variety of chocolates.

Gifts & Jewelry – 3 enticing rooms that flow into each other with a wounderful selection of jewelry, distinctive gifts and home accents. Party novelties for all occasions with paper products, streamers and table displays. Bows, ribbon, greeting cards, wrapping paper… unique women’s clothing, handbags and scarves… wine and cocktail accessories… bridal and baby… you can browse till you find that perfect gift!

Toys – For kids from ages 8 to 80. Experience shopping the way it use to be in a good ole’ five and dime! Select from traditional, ageless toys that children have always loved: yo-yo’s, slide whistles, wooden pop guns, kazoos and other musical instruments; puzzles, rubber bugs and plush animals of every kind; paper dolls, models, coloring books and a large selection of board games, kaleidoscopes, marbles and balsawood gliders. Both kids and kids-at-heart love our toy section.

Housewares – Too much to list! This fabulous department is well-known for the endless collection of gadgets, gee-gaws, widgets and thing-a-ma jigs! Cookie cutters in every shape you can think of, and some you haven’t. From toaster tongs & strawberry hullers to wooden spatulas and cake decorating supplies.

Vidler’s – an original 5 & 10, is located at 676-697 Main St. East Aurora, NY 14052 716-652-0481  Web: Open 7 days a week.

Vidler’s is a 30 minute drive directly south of the Asa Ransom House Country Inn, a good central location for visiting the Niagara Wine Trail, Erie Canal Cruses, Antique World, Niagara Falls among many other popular attractions.  The Asa Ransom House is a 10 room historic village Inn built in 1853, with 1975 and 1993 additions. Most rooms have a fireplace, some with porch or balcony, serving a full country breakfast. Dinner is available daily except Monday, Tea available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Rooms can be viewed at . We look forward to your visit!

Vidler’s and Asa Ransom, two gems not to miss!


Visit Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

July 27th, 2015 by asaransom

Visit Buffalo Niagara Heritage VillageWhen 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.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage VillageIn 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, or call 716-689-1440

Many of our overnight guests here at Asa Ransom House Country Inn include the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village on their list of ‘things to do’ while visiting Western New York. Asa Ransom House, a member of Select Registry, “Distinguished Inns of North America” for 40 years. Voted #1 B&B in Buffalo News Readers Survey.

Hull House (Hull Family Home & Farmstead)

July 2nd, 2015 by asaransom

The House

The Hull House is the oldest stone dwelling in Erie County, New York. Built c.1810 by Warren Hull for his wife, Polly, and their children, the federal style dwelling was built into a hill so that, from the street, two stories are apparent. From the back, however, the basement level is accessible. Throughout the house, one can find the original woodwork in flooring, doorways, some original windows, window seats, stairways, banisters and fireplace mantels and jambs.

 The main floor of the house consists of an entrance hallway with a common room (kitchen), pantry and back hallway on the right (east) and the parlor and sitting room on the left (west). The original fireplaces in the parlor and the sitting room are still in place, while the larger common room fireplace had at one time been removed but is now fully restored.
The second story includes the Hulls’ master bedchamber and the boys’ bedchamber on the left (west) and the girls’ bedroom, the north bedchamber, on the right. The original fireplaces in all these rooms are still intact. A small room at the top of the staircase may have been an office for Mr. Hull or a bedchamber for hired help.

In the attic, one can see the 40-foot hand-hewn timber that serves as the main beam under the gabled roof. The four chimneys have been restored along with the oval windows facing east and west.

 In the basement of the Hull House stands the foundation of the large kitchen hearth which has been rebuilt. The original cistern lies beneath the basement floor. It was used to collect rainwater for household use. The most unique feature, however, is the original beehive oven which is in such good condition that it will be used for cooking demonstrations in the near future.
The Hull Home & Farmstead, a rare surviving example of early Federal style architecture is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently undergoing extensive restoration, the house is open throughout much of the year for tours, seasonal events and educational experiences for students of all ages. Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactors bring history to life, and an Ice Cream Musicale and “Sheep-to-Shawl” event take visitors back in time. In addition, Sunday restoration tours are held June through September.
More further information on events, tours, membership, and volunteer opportunities, check!
The Historic Asa Ransom House Country Inn provides accommodations and dinner, is just 5 miles from The Hull Family Home and Farmstead. With its 10 rooms from 1853, 1975 and 1993 give guests a wide variety from which to choose. Rooms,  menus and other area attractions can be viewed at

Buffalo Tours by Preservation Buffalo Niagara

June 16th, 2015 by asaransom

Edgar_W._Howell_House_Dec_09When an area includes attractions like Lake Erie and the Niagara Falls, like the Buffalo Niagara area does, you know there’s a lot to see – and miss, if you’re not acreful! Buffalo Tours will help you see it all.

Buffalo Tours is an education program of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Its mission is to provide leadership in identifying and protecting the unique architecture and historic legacy of Western New York Communities. Preservation Buffalo Niagara are official partners of the Preservation League of New York State, the New York State Historic Preservation Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Some of the many tours available include:

“Inside the West Side” Tour of Homes – Enjoy interior home visits and hidden gardens, and glimpsethe unsurpassed view at Front Park in Buffalo’s only historic lakefront community.

The Whole Grain Tour – Explore “Concrete Atlantis” in and around the famous grain elevators of the Buffalo River on this family-friendly walk.

Millionaire’s Row – In Buffalo’s glory days the mansions of Millionaire’s Row constituted a tightly knit neighborhood where every one knew each other and many were related. Now a National Historic District, we’ll discuss these architectural treasures and business barons who built them.

The Larkin District – Explore the legacy of soap entrepreneur John D. Larkin and architect Frank Loyd Wright with a tour of the Larkin Exchange Building.

Queen City Downtown – Our beautiful downtown landmarks provide a stunning backdrop for Buffalo’s most important stories. These including the Erie Canal, several Presidents, master architects like Sullivan, Burnham, Upjohn, and Green, and the “Best Designed City” designation by Frederick Law Olmsted. See these stories come alive on this two hour walk. The Guaranty Building, St. Paul’s, and Ellicott Square are as magnificent on the inside as on the outside.

Queen Annes of Elmwood Village – Find works by renowned architects such as E.B. Green and Louise Blanchard Bethune.  These include a colorful array of architecture styles, and excellent examples of rehabilitation and adaptive reuse.

Allentown Historic Walking Tours – Allentown Central, a two-hour tour of Allentown’s most picturesque and best-preserved street: Delaware Avenue, Irving Place, and Park Street. Victorian homes and lovingly-tended gardens, Irving was the birthplace of Allentown’s renaissance in the 1050’s, when the beat generation rediscovered Allentown’s marvelous architecture and nurtured its reputation for the arts.

Hull House – Built around 1810 by Warren Hull, the oldest stone dwelling in Erie County is now a rare piece of early American architecture. Visit the home undergoing restoration and see how historical exhibits on display, including an archeological dig for Native American artifacts.

Lockport: Stories in Stone – “Step Back in Time” in Lockport on two historic tours. During “Explore Main Street”, visit architectural interiors of several 19th century buildings along the famous Flight of Five locks. On “Cemetery Tales”, meet several costumed “residents” of the Glenwood Cemetery, est.1863.

For additional Information about Buffalo Tours by Preservation Buffalo Niagara –  716-853-3300

The Asa Ransom House Country Inn is centrally located for the Preservation Buffalo Niagara tours. Located in Clarence, just 18 miles from downtown Buffalo, the historic Asa Ransom House (1853, 1975, 1993) is located on the site of the first grist mill in Erie County. Rooms have a fireplace, and many a porch or balcony for viewing the grounds. View rooms at Book early for your first choice!

Clarence Summer Concerts in the Park

May 2nd, 2015 by asaransom

fall picture town park pond

Join us each July Sunday at 7 p.m. for free Symphony Concerts in the Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main Street, just a short walk from the Asa Ransom House.

Concerts for 2016 will be announced in early Spring



Buffalo’s Top Attractions

April 29th, 2015 by asaransom

Buffalo's Canalside District

Buffalo’s Canalside District

Buffalo’s Top Attractions include the new Canalside District – the perfect balance of history and family fun. In the 19thy and early 20thy centuries, Buffalo’s position as the western terminus of the Erie Canal made it one of the country’s most important transportation and industrial centers. Today, Canalside, Buffalo’s $295 million waterfront redevelopment, offers some 750 events, ranging from outdoor yoga to crafts for kids to free Thursday at Canalside concerts by national rock acts.

You can walk through WWII warships at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park (America’s largest inland naval park). One can set sail on an excursion with the Queen City Ferry, Spirit of Buffalo, Buffalo Harbor Cruises or Seven Sees Sailing Center. Prefer to make your own waves? Explore Lake Erie and the Buffalo River (home to the mammoth grain elevators) with a canoe, kayak or SUP (stand-up-paddle board) rental from BFLO Harbor Kayak. Pedal your way down the river with Water Bikes of Buffalo, or a guided paddle tour with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site with State-of-the-art exhibits and a guided tour of the Ansley Wilcox home. It takes you inside the moment when “Teddy” Roosevelt became the nation’s youngest president ever due to the shocking assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 150 years old in 2012. Albright-Know has amassed an extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art, which shares through a constantly changing program of exhibits, classes and special events.

Buffalo’s Top Attractions include the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex, built for a wealthy Buffalo businessman between 1903-1905, stands as one of the architect’s masterpieces and also as a pinnacle of his Prairie School era. For examples of his later work, head to nearby Derby to see Graycliff Estate, three buildings set amid 8.5 acres of rolling lawns and gardens.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Victory. Lackawanna’s basilica is a stunning early 20th-century church built almost entirely of white marble. Guided tours highlight the shrine’s hundreds of paintings, sculptures and mosaics. A museum describes the multiple charitable works of its founder, Father Nelson Baker.

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum  Take a ride on the 1961 #1 Special carousel, listen to the Wurlitzer band organ, see how music rolls are produced and view our exhibits and vintage ride collection.

The Medina Railroad Museum. A collection of artifacts, memorabilia and one of the largest HO scale layouts in the nation. Enjoy a leisurely 34-mile, two-hour round-trip ride through the scenic Erie Canal Heritage Corridor aboard a vintage 1947 passenger coach. The museum is the largest freight depot museum in the country.

The Roycroft Campus. The Roycroft Campus in East Aurora was in the vanguard of American Arts and Crafts style in the early 1900’s. Today the Roycroft standard of clean lines and simplicity of design can be explored in the classes and demonstrations. Visitors may shop the gallery and tour nine original structures, such as the inn, the chapel, the print shop, the furniture shop and the copper shop.

A centrally located, convenient and comfortable Inn to rest and dine is the historic ten-room Asa Ransom House, just north-east of Buffalo in Clarence. A full country breakfast is included,  some rooms offer a porch or balcony, and most feature a fireplace. Near the NY&WS  hiking/biking trail, Antique World and interesting village shops. View rooms & menu at  Call 1-800-841-2340 for last minute specials and events.  We look forward to serving you! Bob Lenz – Innkeeper







Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

January 9th, 2015 by asaransom

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

Visiting the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum is taking a step back in time. The collection of historic automobiles, bicycles, Pierce-Arrow memorabilia and documents is unlike any other in the world.

Here you will find a selection of some of the most compelling pieces and their stories with a focus and emphasis placed on Pierce-Arrow, E.R. Thomas Motor Car Company and other Buffalo-made automobiles and their accomplishments.

A 1903 Pierce Stanhope at The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

The 1903 Pierce Stanhope

1903 Pierce Stanhope
The 1903 Pierce Stanhope followed the Motorette and was built on light frame tubing and featured a folding top. The four-passenger automobile included two hidden folding seats in front and had two forward speeds as well as a reverse gear.
The George N, Pierce Company produced 50 Stanhopes in 1903, and sold them each for $1,000.
The Stanhope, one of the earliest Pierce models, helped pave the way for later, larger models like the Arrow and Great Arrow.


A 1909 Thomas Flyer 6-40 Flyabout at The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

The 1909 Thomas Flyer 6-40 Flyabout

The 1909 Thomas Flayer 6-40 Flyabout
Edwin Thomas (1850-1936) began in the transportation industry by selling gasoline propulsion gear for bicycles in 1896. Thomas manufactured automobiles at the Thomas Motor Company Factory at 1200 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY. The building still stands today and serves as the headquarters for Rich Products.
In 1908, a Thomas Flyer 6-40 Flyabout, beat out six competing cars from three other nations in the 22,000 mile, New York to Paris Race. What began on 11:15 AM, February 12, 1908, in Times Square, turned into a marathon that lasted 169 days, with the Thomas Flyer taking the historic checkered flag.

The Buffalo Filling Station by Frank Lloyd Wright

In 1927, world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd designed a unique fuel filling station and intended to place it on the corner of Michigan and Cherry Street, but was never built. In 2002, initial planning began to construct the filling station as a one-of-a-kind installation housed in a glass enclosure attached to the main hall at the Pierce-Arrow Buffalo Transportation Museum. The architecture was truly ahead of its time and features a second story observation room. The room was complete with a fireplace, restrooms, a copper roof, two 40 foot poles (Wright called them “totems”) and an overhead, gravity-fed gas distribution system for fuelling cars.

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum is much more than an area attraction, it’s a destination, thanks to the museum’s impressive collection and Buffalo’s wealth of Automobile and transportation history.

For current hours:   Tours: reservations are required for a guided tour. Call 716-853-0084 to check availability.

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum is just 18 miles from the Asa Ransom House in Clarence, New York. The Inn awaits visitors to one of its 10 inviting fireplace of porch guest rooms. Full country breakfast included, dinner is also available every day except Monday. View Rooms and menu at

We look forward to your visit. Bob Lenz – Innkeeper

Spectacular Niagara Falls

November 21st, 2014 by asaransom

Niagara FallsSpectacular Niagara Falls are exciting all seasons. Summer, the busiest, bright sunshine and Niagara’s mist make rainbows regular sights. In the Winter, cold temperatures transform Niagara’s mist into a crystallized blanket that covers the trees, rocks, and buildings, transforming the area into a winter wonderland.

The falls are separated into three cataracts separated by islands. Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side is the widest. Bridal Veil, the middle and smallest, and the American Falls, the highest. Excellent views of the river and falls are available from several vantage points. Each night the falls are illuminated for 2.5 to 3.5 hours after dusk.

One of the most popular attractions, Maid of the Mist boats pass directly in front of the falls and enter the Horseshoe Basin. Trips depart daily beginning at 9:00 Memorial Day through about mid October.

Goat Island, in the Niagara River, separates the Canadian and American Falls, offers spectacular views from the edge of both falls. Niagara Adventure Theater, in the visitors center presents “Niagara: Legends of Adventure,” a 30-minute film telling the story of legends, explorers and daredevils.

Cave of the Winds Trip  on Goat Island, take an elevator ride down 175 feet to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. After donning a souvenir raincoat and footwear, visitors are guided to the Hurricane Deck, just 20 feet from the roaring Bridal Falls, where a good dousing can be expected. This guided walking your will allow you to feel and experience the power of Niagara Falls just feet from the pounding waters.

Aquarium of Niagara has more than 1500 aquatic animals ranging from the Great Lakes to the coral reefs and is home to a large collection of Great Lakes fish. Open year round, daily from 9:00 am.

Prospect Point Observation Tower, next to the American Falls in Prospect Point, is a 260-foot structure that rises above the cliffs. Stairs lead from the tower to the Crow’s Nest, an observation area beside the falls. Four elevators descend into the gorge, permitting access to the base of the falls and Maid of the Mist boats, which board near the landing.

Spectacular Niagara Falls, is located 28 miles from the Asa Ransom House, with an easy express drive to the falls. Guest select Asa Ransom because of its central location to Western New York’s many attractions, business and schools. The ten-room Inn has been serving the traveling public for dinner and lodging for 39 years. Featured in Select Registry’s Distinguished Inns of North America and awarded 3 diamonds by the AAA. View the Asa Ransom House at


Explore Historic Clarence Hollow

September 24th, 2014 by asaransom

Founded in 1808, Clarence Hollow is the oldest town in Erie County NY. (Founded 4 years before Buffalo, NY.) Historic Clarence Hollow is the gateway to Western New York and Niagara Falls from the east, off I90 between exits 48A coming from the east, and 49 from the west and south. So come and explore and meet the friendly folk of Historic Clarence Hollow.

Throughout the town there is over 200 years of history to discovering architecture and lore, unique one-of-a-kind shops as well as mall shopping, a bevy of home-owned restaurant both fine and casual, and a bed and breakfast.

The list of event and attractions include:  Farmers’ Market in Clarence Hollow every Saturday morning June through October. Antique World and Flea Market, NY’s Largest Indoor/Outdoor market, open year round 11am to 5pm, closed Wednesday. The Great Pumpkin Festival and Scarecrow Festival in September and October. Clarence Hollow free Summer Orchestra Concerts in July and August. Clarence Biking and Hiking Trails, between Clarence Hollow and Akron NY, and Akron and Clarence Center. Clarence Historical Museum, tour the original workshop where Clarence resident and inventor Wilson Greatbatch invented the implantable cardiac pacemaker. Tillman Road Wildlife Sanctuary Management Area, a self-guided nature walk, where deer, Canada geese, ducks, herons, and hawks are residents.  Escarpment Sanctuary – a trail off Greiner Rd. provides a short walk into the town’s geologic past. The Onondaga Escarpment-  was the edge of an ancient lake. The cliff is 50-70 feet high and is composed of layers of limestone and dolomite .

Clarence Hollow is only about 30-35 minutes from Niagara Falls, 30 minutes to Lockport and the Erie Canal, where one can take a cruise through the only double lock on the entire Erie Canal.   Nearby one can visit over 20 wineries featuring many national award winning wines. Clarence Hollow is the home for over 39 years of the Asa Ransom House B&B Country Inn featuring many of the award winning wines in their dining room. Tour the Asa Ransom at


Letchworth State Park ‘Grand Canyon of the East’

August 29th, 2014 by asaransom

Letchworth State Park 'Grand Canyon of the East'Letchworth State Park, referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East.  14,350 acres of scenic magnificence along the Genesee River, steep-walled gorge with three major waterfalls, one of which is 107 feet high. Each year the river cuts deeper into the dramatic cliffs, some of which approach 600 feet in height.

A multi-faceted park, Letchworth offers opportunities for a wide variety of interest. Millions of years of geological history can be observed in the rock formations exposed by erosion. The region’s rich heritage of the Seneca Indians is well-documented in the park with displays, a restored Seneca Council House and the grave of Mary Jemison.

Letchworth offers many leisure time pursuits. Cabins and campsites, swimming pool, picnic areas, museum, Glen Iris Inn, and restaurant (great for lunch). In addition there are many fishing areas, an inviting multi-use trail network , whitewater rafting, kayaking, special events and festivals and guided walks and tours. Winter activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing and guided ski hikes, and snowmobiling.

History in the Park.
1.  In 1859, Mr. William Pryor Letchworth first purchased the Glen Iris Inn and surrounding 1000 acres. Over the next fifty years, Mr. Letchworth would develop the Glen Iris and ground into the picturesque setting that is now the centerpiece of Letchworth State Park. In 1907, Mr. Letchworth deeded his estate to the State of New York.
2. The William Pryor Letchworth Museum houses a collection relating to the Indian and pioneer history of the Genesee Valley as well as archeological and natural history displays. The museum itself was built in 1912 to expand the original Museum which was built in 1898.

Letchworth State Park is about an hour and 15 minutes South-East from Clarence and the Asa Ransom House Country Inn through beautiful rolling hills and farm country. Entrances are located at Mount Morris, Perry, Castile, Portageville. For more information on the Park , 585-493-3600 or visit .  Information on Asa Ransom House 800-841-2340 or


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House

August 13th, 2014 by asaransom

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin HouseFrank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House, a six structure complex, located in the historic Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo N.Y. The multi-structure estate (1903-05) that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Darwin D. Martin, is a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. It is widely considered one of Wright’s finest Prairie houses.

The Darwin Martin House Tour will introduce visitors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative design concepts that defined his Prairie-style ideal. A certified docent will lead guests through the primary rooms of the main Martin House, the pergola, conservatory, and exterior spaces, and the pioneering methods of construction. Explore the home’s beauty described as a “domestic symphony,” which includes prime examples of Wright-designed furniture, art glass, and light fixtures.

Two-hour and One-Hour Tours of the Darwin Martin House are available, with the one-hour tour  wheelchair accessible. Reservations are strongly recommended due to the limited space on each guided tour.

In 1927, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a unique fuel filling station and intended to place it on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cherry Street in Buffalo. The station was never built. But the Filling Station was built in 2013, one-of-a-kind installation housed in a glass enclosure attached to the main hall at the Pierce-Arrow Buffalo Transportation Museum. This exhibit compliments the automobile, motorcycles and bicycles on display.

Discover Graycliff, the summer home of Darwin Martin and his family, built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1926. The Estate consists of the Isabelle R. Martin House with a garden wall connecting to the Foster House (the servant’s quarters and garage). Other features that highlight the Estate include a terrace, esplanade, sunken gardens, a fountain and pond, plus a beautiful view of Lake Erie. Graycliff is located in Derby NY, south-west of Buffalo, with guided tours available year round by reservation.  Graycliff:

The Darwin Martin House and related sites have been highly recommended by guests staying at the 10 room Asa Ransom House Country Inn. Guests find the Inns location convenient for the many attractions and historic sites throughout Western New York.


Lancaster Opera House Theater, Dinner at the Asa Ransom House

July 28th, 2014 by asaransom

Lancaster Opera HouseDinner at the Asa Ransom House and Theater at the Lancaster Opera House, a winning combination. The Lancaster Opera House Theater is a reminder of an early American tradition, unusual to combine a music hall with a town’s main governmental building. Designed by George J. Metzger in 1897, renovated in 1981, the Lancaster Opera House is one of only a few such Town Halls still open.

The 2015 – 2016 season at the Lancaster Opera House Theater features these great plays, musicals, family:
The Bad Seed  October 16,17,18,22,23,24,25

The Foreigner  November 6,7,8,13,14,15

My Fair Lady  Nov.27,28,29 December 3,4,5,6,10,11,12,13

The Night Before Christmas – December 18,19,20

Children of Eden  February 26,27,28 March 4,5,6,11,12,13

Lend me a Tenor April 1,2,3,7,8,9,10

Night Watch   April 22,23,24,28,29,30  May 1

Lovers and other Strangers   May 13,14,15,20,21,22

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels   June 9,10,11,12,16,17,18,19,23,24,25,26

To review the performances, visit The Lancaster Opera House is located 9 miles from Asa Ransom with convenient and free parking.

To receive good seating and avoid sell outs, we suggest reserving a few weeks ahead of your selected date.

Thursday, Friday, Sunday nights are $49 per person and include a four course dinner and Theater ticket. Saturdays include a five-course dinner, $59 per person. *Musicals and Concerts are an additional $10 for increased ticket price. Tax and Gratuity not included.

The Asa Ransom House Dinner Theater menu on Thursday Friday and Sunday includes Soup of the Day, Salad, Homemade Muffins & Rolls, with a Choice of Entrees. Entrees including Raspberry Chicken, Stuffed Sole, Roast Turkey, Jefferson Beef, Boneless Breast of Duck, Classic German Sauerbraten Roast, Prime Rib. Dinner is topped off with a Dessert Sampler and Beverage.  Dinner and Theater, a great combination, hope to see you soon!

Directions: Right turn out of Asa Ransom for 1/4 mile to Right turn on Ransom Road, travel approximately  3 miles to Walden Ave.  Right turn on to Walden for approximately 4 miles to Central Ave., left on Central Ave. 1 mile to Theater. Parking on left just before Theater. Travel time about 15 -20 minutes.


Wineries to Visit on the Niagara Wine Trail, USA

July 15th, 2014 by asaransom

Niagara Wine Trail, USAA beautiful countryside with many wineries  await visitors on the Niagara Wine Trail USA. The trail offers a diverse array of wineries to tour and areas rich in history, near Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Clarence NY. The Niagara Wine Trail USA features over 20 (and counting). Wineries feature traditional vinifera styles, late harvest, ice wines, fruit wines and sparkling wines.

The character of the local limestone soils, gravel silts and moderate climate, allow for a diverse production of fruit and vinifera grapes. Wines include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot.

Wines from the Niagara Wine Trail USA region have earned top scores by wine critics and international wine competitions. The region has been recognized by prominent wine publications as producing the best Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Ice Wines and Syrah that New York State has to offer.

Picturesque farm vistas and the beautiful Escarpment are all features as you explore the wineries along the wine  trail. Enjoy the many interesting towns, restaurants, farm markets and antique shops. Sip on the fine wines the area has to offer as your eyes drink in the view.

Fall Special Events:
Harvest Festival September 19-21 – Celebrate harvest season with wine and food pairing. Taste a different sample paired perfectly with a wine at each winery.
Hollowine – Annual Murder Mystery, October 17-19. Come as yourself or in costume! Collect clues and interview suspects at each winery to solve the “Madd Hatter” Murder.
Share the Bounty – Nov. 7- 2  Fundraising Veterans Day Weekend.
Holiday Happening – December 5-7, 12 -14  Collect a keepsake ornament at each winery for a complete set.

Area attractions:
Cambria Corn Maze – September 13 – October 31 12.  Open Thursday & Friday 3:00 – 8:00, Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 8:00.  
The Historic McClew Farmstead at Murphy Orchards. Historic Underground Railroad site, and operating fruit farm.
Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride. A historic, fun, guided 70-minute tour through America’s past.
Medina Railroad Museum – Located in a former New York Central freight depot, one of the largest railroad museums in the country. Also features fun train excursions.

Additional information see

After a busy day, travelers like to settle in and enjoy a relaxing dinner at the Asa Ransom House in Clarence New York. In the Summer and Fall, guest select a room with porch or balcony, and a room with a fireplace for those cool evenings. The Inn features over 40 New York wines, some from the Niagara Wine Trail. The original brick part of the Inn dates back to 1853, with tasteful additions added in 1975 and 1993

Take a New York Erie Canal Cruise

July 11th, 2014 by asaransom

Locks in Lockport on a Eire Canal Cruise

Visit the locks of Lockport during your Eire Canal Cruise!

Take a New York Erie Canal Cruise and relive a bit of History. “Low Bridge, Everyone Down!” People all over the world enjoy singing along to the famous “Erie Canal Song”. Sit back and relax on board the Lockview IV or the Lockview V – as Captain Mike and his crew navigate through one of the most spectacular portions of the historic Erie Canal.

During your 2-hour Erie Canal cruise along “life in the fast lane” you’ll marvel as you:

Cruise under the curious “Upside-Down Railroad Bridge”.
Experience ‘Locking Through”- being raised and lowered 49 feet in Locks 34 &35.
Be amazed at the 20-foot high stone walls of the 1800s “Rock Cut’ and stone towpath blasted of solid stone with powder left over from the War of 1812.
Travel under the widest bridge in the U.S.

The Grand Old Erie Canal connects the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean at sea level with the Niagara River and the Great Lakes at 570-feet above sea level. This 363-mile engineering feat was dug by hand between 1817 and 1825. More people migrated westward on the Erie Canal than later went through Ellis Island, opening up the American Frontier for development. Originally 83 locks were use to raise and lower boats, but none as dramatically as those in the aptly named Lockport. To overcome the 49-foot tall Niagara Escarpment – the same rock formation that forms Niagara Falls – Lockport was chosen as the location of the famous “Flight of Five”. This twin set of 5-tiered locks allowed boats to travel up in one set and down in the other. After the canal was enlarged in the early 1900s, one set was retained to serve as a spillway. The other was replaced by the current set of Locks 34 and 35, which still serve boat traffic today.

A New York Erie Canal Cruise departs daily May to October, reservations recommended.  1-800-378-0352              210 Market Street, Lockport NY 14094

The New York Erie Canal Cruises are a favorite attraction of guests staying at the 10 room historic (1853)  Asa Ransom House, 10529 Main Street, Clarence NY 14031  1-800-841-2340

Dinner for Two Special

February 27th, 2014 by asaransom

You and your guest are cordially invited to enjoy our Dinner for Two, a limited promotion available Tuesday – Friday for $49.95 per couple.

dinnerThree course dinner includes Soup of the Day , Mixed Green Salad and choice of the following Entrees

Spinach and Shrimp Stuffed Sole
A filet of Sole stuffed with fresh spinach and shrimp topped with a Beurre Blanc

Chicken Pot Pie
Generous pieces of roast chicken, savory sauce and vegetables under a flaky pastry

Asa Roast Turkey
Sliced white meat with homemade stuffing, pan gravy and cranberry

Jeffersonian Beef
Slices of roast beef topped with mushrooms, provolone cheese and finished with a sherry brown sauce

Classic German Sauerbraten Roast
Over sautéed spaeztles and topped with sour cream

Vegetarian Lasgana

Four Seasons Dinner Club

February 27th, 2014 by asaransom

dinner2The Asa Ransom Menu changes every season. We invite you to experience the best of each season as a member of our Dinner Club.

For the prepaid amount of $345, you receive dinner for two each season which includes 1st course, salad, entree, dessert, and beverage! Join the Club or give a Gift!

Your Club Card will be validated once with each Summer, Fall, Winter, & Spring Menu. Thank you for understanding that special dates & holidays are not valid. Bar, taxes, & service are additional.

Getaway Package

February 27th, 2014 by asaransom

wilson3With the stress of a busy work schedule, we offer you the opportunity to escape and relax. Look forward to your refreshing getaway or romantic retreat in one of our ten inviting accommodations, nine with fireplaces, six with a porch or balcony. Arrive early and enjoy the Library with its fireplace, puzzles, checkers and many rare books or enjoy a walk through the Hollow.

The Getaway Package for two:
A Four-course dinner, One Night’s Lodging and Full Breakfast for two.

Getaway Package Rates:
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
MAP: Modified American Plan: dinner, lodging and full breakfast
Saturday MAP includes a 5-course gourmet dinner

Room Sun – Friday B&B Sat B&B Sun – Friday MAP Sat MAP
Joseph Ellicott $135 $169 $210 $239
Rebecca Hamlin $149 $190 $220 $250
Portia Ransom $149 $190 $220 $250
Wilson Greatbatch $169 $210 $240 $270
Pine Grove $149 $190 $220 $250
Millstream $169 $210 $240 $270
Blue Willow $185 $225 $255 $285
Renaissance $185 $225 $255 $285
Abigail’s Garden $198 $235 $275 $295
Country Garden Suite $198 $235 $275 $295

Rates are based on double occupancy.
For each additional guest, there is a $35 B&B charge.
No charge will be assessed for crib-size children.
Taxes and gratuities are not included.
Rates are subject to change on holidays and selected dates.

Golf at the Links

February 27th, 2014 by asaransom

golfEnjoy 18 holes of golf at The Links at Ivy Ridge, then relax with dinner, an overnight stay, and a full breakfast at the Inn.

Special packages from $199 single or $279 double.

The Links at Ivy Ridge

Marvelous March and April

February 27th, 2014 by asaransom

Stay one evening (B&B rate) and receive a complimentary night. Breakfast included one morning, dinner required in the restaurant one evening, not to be combined with the MAP plan.  Advanced reservations required, availability limited.

Select Registry New York Bed and Breakfast

February 27th, 2014 by asaransom

Asa Ransom is proud to be a member of the Distinguished Inns of North America, your guide to more than 400 of the finest Country Inns, luxury B&Bs, and unique hotels in North America. Each property is inspected for quality assurance and meets exceptional high standards.

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Pride of New York at Asa Ransom House

February 27th, 2014 by asaransom

Asa Ransom House is proud to be a part of Pride of New York. The program is all about locally grown and processed foods, award winning wines, and beautiful plants. Locally produced foods not only taste great, but they also support the local economy and help keep New York green. When you see the Pride of New York emblem, you’ll know the products are regional specialties.

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