Holland Land Office Museum
131 W. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 - United States
The Holland Land Office Museum is a local history museum tasked with preserving the history and importance of the Holland Land Company, which was responsible for the settlement of Western New York. The museum is also the museum of Genesee County, preserving the history of county in a wide range of areas. The museum is housed in the original office building of the Holland Land Company in Batavia, built in 1815. The stone structure operated as the land office until 1846 and was the home office of Joseph Ellicott, the surveyor and manager of the Holland Land Company in Western New York. The museum is open year round, Tuesday-Saturday 10 A.M.-4 P.M.
The Holland Land Office Museum has five major exhibit spaces. The Land Office Room, relates the history of the Land Office, Joseph Ellicott, and the science of surveying. The Native American Room details the importance and impact of the local Seneca tribe to Genesee County and Western New York, including the part that they played in the success of the Holland Land Company. The Pioneer Kitchen offers hands on experiences with the tools and implements used by local settlers that came to the area by way of the Land Company during the 19th century. The Military Wing contains artifacts from many periods of American conflict relating to residents of Genesee County, including major figures like General Emory Upton and the Medal of Honor of Charles Rand. The East Wing contains artifacts from many different aspects of Batavia's past, including: cultural, agricultural, and industrial.
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