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Local History

WAYNE COUNTY IS HISTORIC TO THE CORE!


WITHIN THE ROLLING HILLS, COUNTRY FARMS, AND QUAINT VILLAGES THERE ARE OVER 1200 HISTORIC SITES AND MARKERS THAT BEGIN TO TELL THE STORY OF THE PEOPLE AND PLACES WE CALL WAYNE COUNTY. 

We look forward to sharing information with you about Wayne County's vast history. Starting with early native inhabitants who roamed the area hunting and foraging and pre-colonial visitors to European settlers, colonists, statesmen, and women, economic challenges before the Erie Canal, social influences of change throughout the 19th century, and into the productive contributions of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

The Museum of Wayne County History is so much more than the "old jail." We are a collection of people, artifacts, and occasions. Come see for yourself. 

Wayne Historians Historic Sites Database

Over the past few weeks, there have been a few posts inviting you to explore the Wayne Historians Historic Sites database. Last week’s post noted there are currently 1254 historic sites in the database and provided a breakdown of the various categories. Those categories can be broken down into sub-categories. Let’s explore those!

For example: Say you enjoy looking at different styles of architecture and want to learn more about them and where you can see them in Wayne County. You would select “Architecture” from the category button. Yikes!! There are 369 architectural sites in the database! You may want to select one style to fine-tune your search. Slide your cursor down to “sub-category” to select from the following.

• Cobblestones – 211 sites (Remember, Wayne County contains approximately 20% of all the cobblestone structures IN THE WORLD!)

• Cut Stone – 18 sites

• Federal – 8 sites

• Greek Revival – 14 sites

• Gothic – 3 sites

• Italianate – 17 sites

• Mansard – 2 sites

• Queen Anne – 8 sites

• Unique – 8 sites

• House Histories – 74 sites

Choosing Queen Anne style, and selecting one from the eight sites in that sub-category as an example – the image shown (with photos and narrative) in this post from the database is one of the most admired Queen Anne structures in Wayne County – that of the Charles McLouth Home in Palmyra.

If you spend some time investigating the database and dig down into those sub-categories, you will be amazed at the information about Wayne County you discover. The journey is yours.

After careful exploration, if there is something you think should be added to the database, please send an email to: contact@waynehistorians.org. Thank you!

To do a category/sub-category search of a topic of interest to you – visit: https://waynehistorians.org/Places/

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