1-4 pm on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, 2022
W-PHS is pleased to invite the public to “Behind the Scenes” Tours of Gates Hall, America’s oldest, continuously active small community theatre, on June 18 & 19. This historic building is just one stop along the I Love New York Spring 2022 Path Through History. The two-day event will showcase historic attractions and sites throughout the state.
Visitors will learn about the humble beginnings of Gates Hall in 1825 when built as Union Church, Pultneyville’s first sacred place of worship, its heritage and history, and how it later evolved into a community theatre. Hear about notable speakers who lectured about religious and moral issues and about the community theatrical groups that through the years took center stage. Gates Hall resides on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and today maintains its structural integrity as a prominent landmark in the heart of the community in a peaceful setting surrounded by Centennial Park. At almost 200 years old, Gates Hall continues to host community meetings and stage theatrical productions. Join the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society, sole steward of this historic property, as volunteers lead guided tours of this weathered and worn historic venue.
While donations are accepted, tours are free and open to the public from. The courtesy of reservations is requested for large groups by calling 315-589-9892. All are also welcome to visit exhibits at the W-PHS House.