A Fascinating Visit to The Museums of Historic Palmyra

Last week, Kelly Rapone (Haunted History Trail of New York State founder/Genesee County) and I visited The Museums of Historic Palmyra (Finger Lakes region/Wayne County). We were hosted by Christine Worth (Wayne County) and the museum’s charismatic executive director Bonnie Hays.

PW Palmyra 006It was an absolutely jawdropping experience to examine the depth of this museum’s collection. The authentic canal era artifacts and the way they are presented is top notch.  Ghosts or no ghosts, you have to see this place. Kelly and I were blown away.

The Museums are actually five smaller museums all next door to each other. One of them called William Phelps Store and Home is literally like stepping into the past. It is a preserved original general store, as if 100 years had never pass. The Palmyra Historical Museum was a former hotel, which upstairs room are period-dedicated exhibition spaces.william-phelps-store

Palmyra is an Erie Canal town, so you know from history that this place was rough n’ tumble. To quote executive director Bonnie Hays “There were murders on top of murders here!” The actual Palmyra Historical Museum building sites on the location of an unthinkable tragedy, which contributes to some of the ghostly events. The staff and volunteers regularly report the presence of children, museum artifacts moved, ghostly touches and even a ghost cat. The Museums of Historic Palmyra offers ghost hunts and ghost walks throughout the year, check with their website for more info.

This is so worth the trip. Plus, it’s super easy to get to…six miles off the New York State Thruway between Rochester and Syracuse.




2 comments on “A Fascinating Visit to The Museums of Historic Palmyra”

  1. Love this place. It is so amazing. Hunts are done by appointment unless we have a ghost walk. This is one amazing location. Come and see Holly, Eddy, Sammy, Ruth, Kevin, and Annie, they are all waiting for you at the Historic Palmyra Museums. Not to forget Sibyl, Mayme, Julius, William and Catherine. Day tours are always welcome too. They are not the ghost hunts but a great tour of the buildings where things happen all the time.

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