HISTORIC GATES HALL

Gates Hall East Side

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PERFORMANCE AT GATES HALL

Gates Hall Phase II Fund

GATES HALL
Preserving The Legacy

Featured Events

W-PHS GOES DUTCH FOR FEBRUARY PROGRAM

W-PHS GOES DUTCH FOR FEBRUARY PROGRAM

While many Wayne County residents have Dutch roots and the area is steeped in Dutch influence, the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society (W-PHS) will present a program about “Our Dutch Connections.”  Since the 1830’s and 1840’s many Dutch immigrants from the...

Featured Exhibits and Hours 

The Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society (W-PHS)  House and Exhibits are open seasonally to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm, from the 3rd weekend in June through Columbus Day.   It is also open by special appointment with a 3 day advance notice November through mid-May (winter weather permitting) by calling 315.589.9892. Admission for W-PHS members is complimentary with membership and non-member admission is $5 per person, $7 per couple and $10 for an immediate family including children 18 years of age and younger. 

2023 Membership Update

Please note that for those who have not paid 2023 Memberships in advance, information and forms will be available in the January 2023 Newsletter and for download at www.w-phs.org.   Please note that
W-PHS is transitioning to a rolling membership model which is effective for one year from the date dues are received.  In addition, an exciting new reciprocal level membership will be offered.  Details to follow in January newsletter and for download and printing on website by mid-January.
Thank You in advance for your continuing support and your understanding as W-PHS makes this transition.

 

2023 Board Meetings

5pm at Gates Hall
January 30
March 27
May 22
June 26
August 28
October 23
November 27


(No meetings in February, April, July, September and December)

A new way to donate to W-PHS that won’t cost you a cent – Amazon Smile.

If you shop using Amazon, try using the link:
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/16-1076741

With this link you are shopping the same Amazon website, and still with Prime if you have it; but a portion of the purchase goes to W-PHS as a donation.  The only thing that changes is the way you access Amazon. You can bookmark this link so that by clicking the bookmark, you’ll go directly to this page.

In the absence of fundraisers this year due to COVID-19, this is a way to help W-PHS with expenses. Any questions, please let us know.

Thank you and happy shopping!

Missed a Program?

 If you missed a program you may borrow the DVD by calling the W-PHS House at 315-589-9892 and leaving a message or you may e-mail peridot@rakedsouthgarden.

June 2017: Reenactment of Women’s Suffrage Association of Wayne County, Aug. 2017: First Person Introduction to the Burned Over District, May 2018:The Heart of the Bennetts – an original drama, June 2018: The History of the Williamson Hardware

About

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. Residing on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places and used for over 150 years as a theatre, Gates Hall proudly bears the designation of the oldest, continuously active,  small community theatre in the United States.

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.

AREA TOURS

To start tour Get the Map

To start tour Get the Map

Featured Exhibits

The W-PHS House and Exhibits are open seasonally to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm, from 3rd weekend in June through Columbus Day.   Open by special appointment only with 5 day advance notice January through mid-June (weather permitting) by calling 315.589.9892.

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.

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2023 Membership Update

Please note that for those who have not paid 2023 Memberships in advance, information and forms will be available in the January 2023 Newsletter and for download at www.w-phs.org.   Please note that W-PHS is transitioning to a rolling membership model which is effective for one year from the date dues are received.  In addition, an exciting new reciprocal level membership will be offered.
Thank You in advance for your continuing support and your understanding as W-PHS makes this transition.

 

Basic Memberships

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

Membership levels at $125 or above include reciprocal NARM benefits which waive admission fees to W-PHS exhibits and entitle members to free, or reduced admission and varying shop discounts at over 1,000 institutions including many within our region. The NARM network includes art museums and galleries, historical museums and societies, botanical gardens, children’s museums, zoos, and more across the US, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.  For a listing of participating venues visit narmassociation.org.

Friend: W‐PHS Newsletter, E‐NEWS Blasts, Admission to Exhibits at W‐PHS House and W‐PHS Programs (excludes special ticketed events).
Patron: All Friend benefits plus a “Behind‐the‐Scenes” Guided Tour of Gates Hall.
Sustainer – All Patron benefits plus NARM Reciprocal Membership.
Benefactor – All Sustainer benefits plus one basic use of Gates Hall (date and use to be approved by Gates Hall Committee).
Legacy – All Benefactor benefits plus eligibility to serve on W‐PHS Advisory Council to Membership Committee and opportunity to attend Exhibits Preview Event.

If paying by check download the 2023 Membership Form here: 2023 W-PHS Membership Form

 

Business Memberships

The Society also offers four business membership levels: Business Partner, Business Advocate, Business Associate, and Business Benefactor.

Membership levels at $125 or above include reciprocal NARM benefits which waive admission fees to W-PHS exhibits and entitle members to free, or reduced admission and varying shop discounts at over 1,000 institutions including many within our region. The NARM network includes art museums and galleries, historical museums and societies, botanical gardens, children’s museums, zoos, and more across the US, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.  For a listing of participating venues visit narmassociation.org.

Partner – Basic Friend benefits plus business card listing on website and business listing in all newsletters.
Advocate – Partner benefits plus NARM Reciprocal Membership.
Associate – Advocate benefits plus one basic complimentary use of Gates Hall (date and use as approved by Gates Hall Committee).
Benefactor – Associate benefits plus eligibility to serve on W‐PHS Advisory Council to Property Committee and opportunity to attend Exhibits Preview Event.

If paying by check download the 2023 Membership Form here: 2023 W-PHS Membership Form

 

You may join or re-new on-line below:

Level Price Join Renew
Basic Membership – Friend $25 | $35 | $40 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Basic Membership – Patron $50 | $60 | $65 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Basic Membership – Sustainer $125 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Basic Membership – Benefactor $250 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Basic Membership – Legacy $500+ Join W-PHS Renew Now
Business Membership – Partner $75 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Business Membership – Advocate $125 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Business Membership – Associate $250 Join W-PHS Renew Now
Business Membership – Benefactor $500+ Join W-PHS Renew Now

 

Contributions to defray the many costs associated with the maintenance and improvements of the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society (W-PHS) home at 4130 Mill Street, Gates Hall and Centennial Park are always welcome. Thank you in advance for your continued support of W-PHS efforts to preserve these historically significant properties.

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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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Contact Us

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

Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM from 3rd weekend in June through Columbus Day weekend.