Upcoming Events

May 3 General Meeting Details

The Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society will travel to the First Presbyterian Church, 4057 W. Main St., Williamson, for its May 3 meeting.  At 7 PM the program will begin with a power-point presentation prepared to celebrate the church’s 200th anniversary...

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W-PHS  is now selling some gift shop items associated with Williamson and Pultneyville on our Facebook page. Go to our page and click on the “Shop Now” button to see what is...

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Homecoming Festival July 15 and 16

A full schedule of activites will be posted June 1 on this web site. The next planning meeting is Monday, May 15 at 6:30pm at the W-PHS house. The parade is July 15 and line up is at 10:30am. Parade/float participants contact Jim McCaig 315 904 4220 to reserve your...

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Homecoming Reflections

A new book produced by the Society Collection of Homecoming Brochure articles since 1957. Click Here for Order Form....

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Gates Hall

THE GONDOLIERS (Gilbert & Sullivan)

Performance Dates & Times:
Friday:        July 14 at 8 pm
Saturday:    July 15 at 8 pm
Sunday:       July 16 at 3 pm

See Box Office to Purchase Tickets!

The Gatesinger Company, Ltd.

performs at

Historic Gates Hall

4107 Lake Road
Pultneyville, NY 14538

Gates Hall Needs Your Help!


Since its inception in 1964, the Society’s mission has been to gather and disseminate information concerning the history the of the town of Williamson, Wayne County New York, in general and the unincorporated hamlet of Pultneyville in particular. Williamson, was established February 20, 1802 and named for Captain Charles Williamson the land agent originally selected to develop the land. which was part of the Phelps-Gorham purchase. In 1806, the settlement now known as Pultneyville was developed by Jacob Hallet a land agent for the “Pulteney Estate”.

Located in the historic district in the hamlet of Pultnyville, the Society owns and manages 3 properties: the Society house at 4130 Mill Street, Centennial Park in the center of Pultneyville and Gates Hall across the street from the park. Gates Hall, built in 1825 by the community has been the venue for many historic events, including talks on religion, slavery, and women’s rights as well as preparing supplies for the Civil War. Used for 150 years of theater and known as the second littlest theater in the United States, it is on the national register of historic places.

War of 1812 Peace Garden

Peace Gardens are dedicated at historic sites in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Gardens celebrate the two hundred years of peace and longstanding friendship between the two countries that share the world’s longest undefended boarder. Visit the Pultneyville Bicentennial War of 1812 Peace Garden, dedicated in 2012, as an Honorary International Peace Garden. Situated on the grounds of the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society, at 4130 Mill Street in Pultneyville, it has a view of the hamlet and the charming harbor on Lake Ontario just across the street.

Walk among approximately 1,000 square feet of trees, bushes, and plantings of ferns, hosta, daylilies, peonies, rhododendrons and other shrubs and perennials. The sunny garden has many perennials that provide continuous bloom throughout the growing season including beautiful roses, hydrangea, astilbe, daylilies, foxglove, sweet william, phlox and more. Also integrated throughout are mature trees including magnolia, pear, Italian chestnut, maples, and oak. Take a walk down one of the two stone paths which go through the garden that has benches for relaxing and enjoying the view of an old capstan from a ship that sailed out of Pultneyville .

Local restaurants and restroom facilities are available.

Featured Exhibits

Captain Throop

Horatio Nelson Throop, pictured above with his dog Jeppa, is believed to be the first person born in Pultneyville. His father, Samuel, was a seasoned saltwater sailor and Horatio carried on the family tradition as ship builder and captain of both schooners and steamships. Throop experimented with wind driven machinery and screw propellers in the 1830’s.

The exhibit displays prototypes he made for his experiments, half hull models of his ships and cabin doors that saved his life when his ship Sophia sunk in 1827. Captain Throop was also an active participant in the Underground Railroad transporting fugitive slaves from Pultneyville to Canada. The Magic, completed in the 1880’s and shown below was Throop’s last ship.

St. Peter

In 1898, the three-masted lake schooner St. Peter sank on a dark and stormy night coming to her final resting place in 110′ of water off Fairbanks Point near Pultneyville, NY. Captain Griffin set sail for Toledo, Ohio reaching almost to the Niagara River when a fierce storm was encountered. Griffin tried unsuccessfully to outrun the storm by turning his boat about and running back down the lake in an easterly direction. All hands including Griffin’s wife were lost except for Griffin.

Seventy-three years later, the St.Peter was located by a local scuba diver and from 1971 through 1974 many diving expeditions were completed resulting in retrieval of well preserved artifacts from the schooner. This exhibit, accompanied by an under water videotape of the ship, displays artifacts retrieved from diving expeditions. New York State has designated the Society permanent custodian of St. Peter’s artifacts.

Additional Exhibits

Featured Events

Homecoming Festival

Always occurring on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday in July, Homecoming is two days of fun and celebration. The origins of the event date back to August 1957 when it marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of a post office in Pultneyville. The first...
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Garage Sale

Each year on the third Saturday in September from 9am-5pm, the Historical Society sponsors a community wide garage sale. This famous sale attracts thousands of visitors from surrounding communities both far and near. A large flea market is held in Centennial Park...
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Candlelight Cemetery Tour

Each year, under a full moon during the month of October, the Society sponsors its annual candlelight cemetery tour. Held at one of the historic cemeteries within the town of Williamson, the cemetery tour focuses on historic figures from the past buried in...
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Basic Memberships

The Society offers four basic membership levels depending on the level of support one chooses: Friend, Patron, Sustainer, and Benefactor.

All basic levels of membership have the following benefits: 6 newsletters per year, free programs and exhibits. Sustainers will also receive 2 free Gatesinger Play tickets and Benefactors will have one complimentary use of Gates Hall per year approved by the Society.

Membership dues cover the period from January 1st to December 31st each year. 

Business Memberships

The Society also offers two business membership levels: Business Friend and Business Benefactor. All business categories receive 6 newsletters per year, free programs and exhibits, business card advertising in newsletters, listing on the Society’s website and a support display sticker. Business Benefactors will have one complimentary use of Gates Hall per year approved by the Society.

Membership dues cover the period from January 1st to December 31st each year. 

Level Price Join Renew
Basic Membership – Friend $25.00 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Basic Membership – Patron $50.00 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Basic Membership – Sustainer $100.00 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Basic Membership – Benefactor $250.00 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Business Membership – Friend $75.00 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Business Membership – Benefactor $250.00 Join W-PHS Renew Now

Membership form available for download here, if desired.

W-PHS appreciates your donation!


Unlike other Societies of our size who frequently have paid staff, all functions of the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society are carried out by members who volunteer their time and talent. The Board of Trustees, consisting of the Society’s officers and committee chairs meets monthly to review and plan activities. The committee structure within the Society provides the organizational “arms and legs” to accomplish meeting the Society’s goals each year.

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Williamson Pultneyville Historical Society
4130 Mill Street, PO Box 92, Pultneyville, NY, 14538. Telephone (315) 589-9892