Get ready for some more interesting Erie Canal history as you and your group head over to the History Center of Niagara County, otherwise known as the Niagara County Historical Society Headquarters. The main building of the history center is the Outwater Memorial building, a bright brick red historical home located on Niagara Street. The complex in total holds five buildings including the brick home, Washington Hunt Law Office, Pioneer and Transportation Building, the Barn, and the Kandt House. This conglomerate of buildings, and the historical society as a whole, work well to give your group a little glimpse of what life was like over the last 175 years here along the Erie Canal.
The Outwater House is a marvelous Italianate-style home built in 1863 that holds four permanent exhibits, as well as two special exhibits that change regularly. At the current time you can see the exhibit “Remember Me: A Ceramic Story of Niagara County,” as well as the permanent Victorian Parlor, Old Pantry, Civil War Room, and Old Toy Room. Explore old-time musical instruments, crafts, kitchen gear, and war artifacts all throughout this house, as well as the history of Ely S. Parker, a western New Yorker who served as General Grant’s Military Secretary. Be sure to save plenty of time to check out the Outwater Emporium on site here as well, the unique local gift shop that allows you to browse historical gifts and publications about Niagara County, as well as get your hands on some of the locally loved Cat’s Meow Collectables knick-knacks!