LIVCO IS PACKED WITH MUSEUMS EXPLORING OUR HISTORY — AND FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME TO VISIT THEM, ESPECIALLY AS WE CELEBRATE A HISTORICAL MILESTONE, WHISKEY 7'S 80TH BIRTHDAY AT THE NATIONAL WARPLANE MUSEUM.
Eighty years later, the World War II Whiskey 7 airplane still flies through the skies of the Genesee River Valley.
The National Warplane Museum, located in Geneseo, is the home of Whiskey 7, which is well-known as the lead plane in the second wave of Normandy paratrooper landings on D-Day during World War II. Built by a Douglas Aircraft factory in Long Beach, California, Whiskey 7 was first delivered to the U.S. Army in 1943. After the plane’s illustrious military career, it was converted for civilian use, serving as an airliner and cargo aircraft before making its way to a series of museums, and, in 2005, making the National Warplane Museum its permanent home.
This historical Livingston County museum continues its efforts to restore the plane to its 1943 glory, but, in the meantime, celebrates the aircraft’s legacy at every chance. In 2014, the museum flew Whiskey 7 back to Normandy for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, dropping parachutists in an honorable display organized by the Liberty Jump Team. And this fall, the museum is gearing up to celebrate Whiskey 7’s 80th birthday at the end of September. All are invited to the party, which will include dinner and dancing in the museum’s hangar, as well as live music from a swing-style band. Happening on September 23rd, start the day with flight experiences and learning from living history reenactors. Close out the celebrations with a BBQ dinner and Finger Lakes wine. Don’t forget 1940's attire is highly encouraged, but not required!
Can’t make it to this unforgettable evening of fun? A stop by the National Warplane Museum is a great time no matter when you travel to LivCo. See the museum’s impressive collection of aircraft and, if you’re brave enough, book a ride in one of the museum’s historic aircrafts. Make sure to check the museum’s calendar, too, for air shows and other fun.
Every year in the spring, the museum puts on the Geneseo Airshow, right from their grass strip airfield called the Greatest Show on Turf!
Want to learn more about the region? Explore These museums.
The Genesee River Valley is filled with historical intrigue and excitement, whether you’re interested in learning about local culture, industries, artists, or the Indigenous People who have called this area home for thousands of years. Here's what you can expect as you explore the history of LivCo.
- Livingston County Historical Society & Museum
- Springwater-Webster Crossing Historical Society Museum
- Big Springs Museum
- Tennie Burton Museum
- The Nunda Museum & Rose Shave Gallery
- Avon Preservation & Historical Society
- Maurice F. Sweeney Museum
- Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
- Dansville Area Historical Museum
- Genesee Country Village & Museum
Livingston County Historical Society & MuseumBack to Top of List
The Livingston County Historical Society & Museum lives within an 1838 cobblestone schoolhouse. The museum offers exhibits that touch on the stories of more than a dozen communities throughout the county, bringing in artifacts ranging from agricultural items to textiles, ceramics to musical instruments. Current exhibits focus on topics including the 1918 Influenza, the Genesee River Valley’s salt mining industry, and the county's connections to World War I.
Springwater-Webster Crossing Historical Society MuseumBack to Top of List
The Springwater-Webster Crossing Historical Society Museum’s mission is twofold: preserve and inform about the area’s heritage, which stretches back to the early 1800s, when settlers arrived in Springwater and the town was established soon after.
Big Springs MuseumBack to Top of List
Big Springs Museum is specifically dedicated to the Caledonia and Mumford communities, their peoples and their industries. Exhibits highlight topics such as Black history in the two communities and the region’s agricultural heritage. The museum is particularly worth a visit if you want to learn more about the nearby fish hatchery, which just so happens to be the oldest such hatchery in not just the state or the country, but the entire Northern Hemisphere. The museum sits partially in the original Caledonia School.
Tennie Burton MuseumBack to Top of List
The Lima Historical Society’s Tennie Burton Museum resides in an 1830s home and is named for the city’s first historian. Artifact collections include items from the 1800s and 1900s, ranging from furniture to farm equipment, clothing to musical instruments. A resource room offers historic photographs, memorabilia and other documentation.
The Nunda Museum & Rose Shave GalleryBack to Top of List
Part history museum, part art gallery, the Nunda Museum & Rose Shave Gallery features nearly 50 paintings by local artist Rose Shave, who worked in the area from 1875 to 1925. The museum also features artifacts reflecting two centuries of Nunda history.
Avon Preservation & Historical SocietyBack to Top of List
The Avon Preservation & Historical Society offers a constantly revolving series of window displays and exhibitions featuring Avon artifacts. The museum is also home to a wealth of resources for those interested in researching local history, whether that be history tied to local business and industry or genealogy. The museum also frequently hosts speakers to discuss topics related to the area’s past.
Maurice F. Sweeney MuseumBack to Top of List
Operated by the Livonia Area Preservation & Historical Society, the Maurice F. Sweeney Museum, named for a former local businessman and historian, sits within a 19th-century bank and displays artifacts that reflect the Livonia area’s history. You’ll see textiles, kitchenware, war memorabilia and even food items.
Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad MuseumBack to Top of List
For any train aficionado, the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum is a can’t-miss. This museum boasts the largest collection of historic trains and operating vintage diesel locomotives in the state. Beyond both indoor and outdoor exhibits, the museum also offers historic train rides.
Dansville Area Historical MuseumBack to Top of List
Overseen by the Dansville Area Historical Society, this free museum encompasses three floors filled with artifacts and memorabilia tied to Dansville’s past. Expect to learn about the area’s history, starting with the very first house that was built in Dansville, in 1795, as well as the area’s economic development over the last two centuries.
Genesee Country Village & MuseumBack to Top of List
If you prefer living history museums to your standard series of exhibitions, make tracks to the largest living history museum in New York State and the third-largest living history museum in the country, the Genesee Country Village & Museum.
The historic village includes nearly 70 buildings, primarily from the 1800s, including a selection of shops, a historic tavern, a Victorian mansion, and more. You’ll want to take your time exploring and getting to know the costumed interpreters, who will introduce you to the century’s simpler way of life. After you’re finished exploring the village, stop into the John L. Wehle Gallery to see exhibitions featuring 1800s art and clothing, as well as a relatively new exhibition on waterfowling and conservation. The museum is also home to a nature center and multiple dining options.