The Homeville Museum is part of the Central New York Living History Center in Cortland, N.Y. It appeals to people of all ages and engages the community in understanding historical experiences and their relationship to past and contemporary life. Through public activities and events, the museum’s displays are brought to life through educational presentations, reenactments, discussions, and artistic demonstrations. Core collections relate to military history, local business, industry, and railroad history.
Homeville showcases the collection of the late Ken Eaton, a WWII veteran who spent more than 35 years assembling military, railroad, and local history treasures for public display. Many other items of historical and cultural significance are combined with the Eaton collection to create a remarkable experience for visitors of all ages. The perspectives and understandings of area residents are incorporated in exhibits to provide social and cultural context to the museum’s treasures.
We hope you’ll visit us frequently – both in person and through this website. If you’re not already a member, please check out our page on joining through the BECOME A MEMBER link at the bottom of this page.
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Next Event – Saturday, Sept. 17 – Military Vehicle Show
Civil War Weekend
July 16-17 brought Civil War reenactors and visitors to the museum to experience the living history of the Civil War. The event was marked by tours through reenactor camps, presentations on various aspects of the Civil war, infantry and artillery drills, and a variety of demonstrations. Special thanks to reenactors and speakers, the Living History Center’s regular volunteers who put in extra time for the event, and additional volunteers (e.g., from Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 377 and the community at large) who helped with many tasks through the weekend.
- September 17 – Military Vehicle Show
- October 8-9 – Steampunk Weekend
- October 29 – Monsters in the Museum Halloween Fun
- November 11 – Veterans Day Watch Fire
- December 1 – Holiday Train Display and Activities
*Details about Homeville museum events will be posted once schedules are finalized.
Visit the Homeville Museum
Come see the Homeville Museum and the other museums that are part of the CNY Living History Center complex. One admission price gives you access to the Homeville Museum, Brockway Museum, Tractors of Yesteryear, and a new antique Firehouse that will open in the near future.
CNY Living History Center Open Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday (Last admission at 4 p.m. to ensure visitors have enough time to tour the exhibits). Closed Sundays & Mondays, plus 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
Admission Rates: Adults $10, Seniors $9, Children 6-18 $5, Children 5 & under free, Active Military free (with ID). Group rates also available. Cards Accepted: Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express
Need a meeting place or venue for your next event or group rates to tour the museums? Call 607-299-4185 or visit https://cnylivinghistory.org/ for more information. The CNY Living History Center’s café, theater, community space, and garden are available for family events and corporate/organization functions.
Recent Events – 2022
Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day
On March 29 Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day brought veterans and their families to the museum to enjoy fellowship with others and learn about area services available to them.
Pat Snyder, a Vietnam veteran and Secretary of the Board that oversees the Central NY Living History Center, gave an inspiring keynote address during a Welcome Ceremony. Chaplain Norm Stitzel (VETSAR Search & Rescue and Disabled American Veterans Cortland chapter) presented the invocation and Lisa LaDieu (Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 377) led us in song with a beautiful rendition of The National Anthem.
After lunch many veterans gathered in the auditorium for a group picture taken by Homeville Museum Board member Amy Holcolmb. Catherine Wilde and Aaliyah Camp from the Seven Valleys Health Coalition were among the agency representatives who provided information and answered questions about services available to veterans in our area. Others who offered information and assistance through our vendor showcase were representatives from the Cortland Area Agency on Aging, Cortland County Veterans Association, and the Cortland County Clerk; The Syracuse VA Medical Center and Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network; Cortland’s Toner Therapeutic Massage; and Wellcare.
Past Events – 2021
Holiday Train Day
Thank you to the guest conductors who made our December 11 Holiday Train Day a great time for children of all ages. The special model train displays provided by Mike Brown and Ed Barry added to our museum’s regular model train display. Homeville Board member Luke Kaczynski assembled special holiday displays of Homeville’s Polar Express and Girls Train sets.
Veterans Day Watchfire
Thanks to all who helped organize and participated in our 4th annual Veterans Day Watchfire. A spectacular Color Guard composed of members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 377 and Homer’s Boy Scout Troop 85 presided over the ceremony that preceded lighting the fire. Brendan Clune from Boy Scout Troop 85 led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Lisa LaDieu from Chapter 377 sang the National Anthem and God Bless America, Norm Stitzel from VETSAR gave the Invocation, Lt. Colonel Roberta Comerford from the Tioughnioga chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, read In Flanders Field, and Phil Tennant, Homeville Board member and member of Chapter 377, addressed attendees about the importance of the Watchfire and other Veterans Day events that took place that day in Cortland. Throughout the evening visitors enjoyed refreshments provided by Chapter 377 of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Many adorable “monsters” attended Homeville’s annual Monsters in the Museum Halloween activity day on October 30. Costumes, pumpkin painting, and treats were a big hit. Homeville Board member Luke Kaczynski was there to assist in costume as a famous country music star.
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2021 Cortland County Hall of Fame Inductees
- Llewellyn P Norton (1837-1914)
- John Forshee (1883-1974)
- Nellie Randall (1892-1983)
- William J Dwyer (1895-1958)
- Fritz Mullen (1923-living)
A quick shout out to several organizations that have helped Homeville immensely:
- Bob’s Barbecue Catering
- Coffee Mania
Find links to their websites on our Useful Links page. accessed from the bottom menu.