Historic Palmyra

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The Official organizational founding of Historic Palmyra]was in 1912 with first meetings of the Palmyra Historic Society. Historic Palmyra has records covering all areas of the society and all years the society had activities. As the Society expanded all new activities and records from 1934-69 and another collection covering 1964-2005.

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Collections[edit | edit source]

Collections relating to history of Wayne County, New York area and the Palmyra,_New_York. Most of these items are not on the internet and to get access to them go to the Historic Palmyra site, call or email. A small charge is made for any assistance.

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    • Highway use records from 1800’s
    • Family bibles from 1790’s
    • Day books from 1800 – 1900
    • Erie Canal information
    • Original art work (Examples)
      • E. J. Read
      • Major John Gilbert type setter for the Book of Mormon
      • E. B. Grandin
    • Private District school records Palmyra, NY 1816-1833
    • Military artifacts – 1812 – current
    • Photographs of early schools, homes, businesses, street views
    • Religious artifacts and history
    • Wayne County Fair history
    • Original manuscripts on history of Palmyra, 1836 by James Reeves
    • Indentures 1789 - 1900
    • Underground Railroad Records Records that show what happened to some of those who traveled the Underground Railroad to the Palmyra Area. this information covering 1816-1880's.
    • Deeds 1790 - 1900
    • Photographs and other art work 1794 – 1970’s
    • Newspapers 1826 - current
    • Business records 1801 – mid-1900’s
    • Urban Renewal History – Palmyra, NY 1964 – 1976


Museums[edit | edit source]

  • Alling Coverlet Museum – 122 William Street – Palmyra, NY 14522 This Museum was founded and opened in 1976 on July 4th.
  • The Old Newspaper Printing office and type office shows 40 years of newspaper printing equipment, office equipment and type, and much more.
  • William Phelps Museum construction in 1826. Proprietor William Phelps completed renovations to the store by 1875. This site includes much about the life style of the 1800's, including the home and general store of of the William Phelps.
  • Palmyra Historical Museum The main museum is loaded with both historical and genealogical items many of these are listed above.

History[edit | edit source]

Fight for Palmyra[edit | edit source]

Urban Renewal History – Palmyra, NY 1964 – 1976 The Federal Government had Palmyra scheduled for Urban Renewal. This would have taken much of the older down town now the historical part of Palmyra. Historic Palmyra saved the north side of the Village of Palmyra included the Grandin Building, all buildings between William and Market Street as well as business district on William Street and Market Street.



Address and Phone[edit | edit source]

Historic Palmyra
132 Market Street
Palmyra, New York 14522
Phone: 315-597-6981
Email: bjfhpinc@rochester.rr.com