Standing proudly on Main Street in Penn Yan is the anchor building of the Yates County History Center, the Oliver House Museum, one of three buildings comprising the YCHC. The Center, formerly Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society, is one of the oldest in NYS, has been actively collecting, preserving and interpreting history since 1860. Continue reading about us...

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An important part of our mission at the Yates County History Center is to inform the public about the history of Yates County through museum exhibits and hands-on programs.

Fund raisers are held throughout the year that are educational, fun and supportive of the Center's programs. To register or for more information regarding an event, please call 315.536.7318.

All of our programs are open to members and the general public. Check out what's going on at the History Center!

Calendar of Events

Every weekend in July

Pints for a Purpose at LyonSmith
Every weekend in July, you can support the Yates County History Center by visiting LyonSmith Brewing Co. in Keuka Park and drinking a pint. LyonSmith will donate $1 to YCHC for every pint purchased on July weekends.

Saturday, August 13
2:00 p.m.

Walk Through History Cemetery Tour
Meet Frank Crozier, the son of George and Fannie who always felt his father was innocent of killing his mother, and hear him talk about his mother's death, his father's trial and the Crozier Family's life and times during YCHC's annual Walk Through History Cemetery Tour. Along with Catharine Crane, the first white child born within the limits of the present-day village of Penn Yan; her grandfather George Wheeler, an early settler who first planted the apple seeds for what became known as the Wagener apple tree and other prominent and historic Yates County citizens who are buried in Benton Rural Cemetery. Benton Rural Cemetery is on Havens Corners Road in Benton. Admission is $10 per person and $20 per family. Rain date is Saturday, August 20th.

Saturday, September 10
10:00 a.m.

Summer Chicken Barbecue
Look for us selling delicious chicken in the Lyons National Bank parking lot, 205 Liberty Street, Penn Yan. Full dinners will sell for $12 and half chickens for just $9.


Bicentennial Celebration
Next year -2023 - marks the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Yates County, which was formed out of Ontario County in 1823. To commemorate our county's bicentennial and by partnering with Yates County History government and other organizations and groups in the county, YCHC plans to host a series of events as part of a yearlong celebration. More details will be announced.



YCHC events held virtually may be enjoyed on our Vimeo Channel.

The following list of lectures, interviews and portrayals are available:



Phyllis Smith
Milly Bloomquist
Maxine Fullagar
Marge Cornell
Marcia Dugan
Ellen Salisbury
Doris Scherer
Corrie Stork
Carlotta Kirk Coriser
Ann Potter Boyd


Julie Sheppard
Susannah Clara Hatmaker
Myron Hamlin
Frankie Merson
John Thomas


Free From the Fear
Veterans of Yates County
Outdoor Cooking, Part 1
Outdoor Cooking, Part 2
Immigrants Who Got the Job Done: Foreign Fighters in the American Revolution
Historic Mourning Customs

Colonial Crafts-Candle Dipping

Make Your Own Holiday Wreath
Colonial Crafts-Chair Caning

The Art of Canning Peaches



Open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527
Phone 315.536.7318 | Fax 315.536.0976
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