On the 4th of July most people go to barbecues, family reunions, camping at the lake, but not our family. This year my family decided to take a trip back in time. Just 20 miles outside of Rochester NY sits the largest living history museum in New York state. The Genesee Country Village and Museum was founded to preserve 19th century New York. There you can find many buildings and houses from across New York state.
On this vast 600 acre site you have find many well preserved houses and other buildings filled with artifacts that date to the time period. Actors are everywhere giving demonstrations, telling the history of the house’s and items inside.
This living history museum is not just for looking either. During the summer season they are always events, workshops, and reenactments going on that is fun for the whole family. During our visit we saw a parade full of music and even union soldiers! After the parade everyone met in the center of town for a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Through out the day there were many events, a pie eating contest, black powder gun demonstration, and much more.
There were so many highlights to our trip and over all we had a lot of fun. If you are ever in Western New York and love history, I highly suggest stopping by the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford NY.