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The Scherer Carriage House

Jemima Wilkinson

The Scherer Carriage House, located behind the L. Caroline Underwood Museum at 107 Chapel Street, Penn Yan, is home to a permanent Jemima Wilkinson exhibit which includes Jemima’s portrait, bible, hat, saddle and coachee. Jemima Wilkinson, better known as the “Publick Universal Friend”, is historically renowned nationally and in Yates County.

Locally, Jemima and her group of followers, the Society of Universal Friends, formed the first pioneer settlement in what is presently Yates County. Consisting of almost 300 members in 1790, this community was the largest of its kind this far west in New York State. Nationally, Jemima was the first American born woman to form a religious society.

This building, renovated to house the Wilkinson Collection, was named for Mrs. Doris Coates Scherer, a generous benefactor of Yates County History Center.

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