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Wayne County Historical Society
The Museum of Wayne County History, run by the Wayne County Historical Society, a nonprofit organization, is located in the historic village of Lyons, NY. The museum is housed in the former Wayne County Jail and Sheriff's residence built in 1856 and used until 1960. The 24 cells are still intact with the original inmate art work on the walls. Learn the stories of some of the inmates that served time at the jail, and tour the three floors of exhibition space, such as Lyons Pottery & Clyde Glass, the Military Room which spans the War of 1812 to Vietnam War, a Child's 1856 bedroom and much more.
The museum is located at 21 Butternut Street; a short walk up from Lock #27.
Guided tours available daily, large groups please call in advance.
A two-story carriage house is also available to tour, weather permitting.
admission into the museum is $4 adults, $2 students and Wayne County Historical Society members are free.
Our professional staff and the strong support of our volunteers help make us an invaluable educational resource in Wayne County.
It is the mission of The Wayne County Historical Society:
- To encourage an appreciation of the history of Wayne County
- To disseminate historical information about Wayne County and the surrounding area
- To preserve the heritage of the area and help individuals explore history and its meaning in relation to their lives.