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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The L. Caroline Underwood Museum

L. Caroline Underwood had a dream. She wanted her family’s home on Liberty Street to become a “public history museum.” When that home fell victim to the expansion of the county’s offices, her estate purchased 107 Chapel Street to house her museum and entered into an agreement with the History Center to oversee her collection.

Of her vast collections ranging from swizzle sticks to pink porcelain pigs, Caroline had 44 objects that she especially wanted to share with the public. However, an additional 1,500 objects have been preserved for exhibition and research purposes. Caroline’s Museum on the second floor of the L. Caroline Underwood Museum interprets the life of this well loved teacher, an avid collector and a passionate supporter of local history. Caroline has given us the unique opportunity to think about local history, about identity, about collections, and about the mission of local history in our communities

In addition to the Underwood rooms, the museum houses the Spencer Research Center, digital imaging center and beginning May 2019, a new exhibit, How Should We Then Live? The Groffdale Mennonites of Yates County.

L. Caroline Underwood


Open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527
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A community museum where every story matters!

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...