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Howland Stone Store Museum
"1837 - A National Historic Landmark"

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Link To Museum's History

Link to 2017 Program

Link to Info about 'Group Tours'

Link to Info about the National Register Of Historic places

Link Roster of Related Links

Link To 2017 Brochure

Link To The Opendore Project

Link To Our Newsletter

Link To Buy A 2015 Suffrage Calendar

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Box 124, Aurora, NY 13026

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Howland Stone Store Museum
is a proud member of the

National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom Program Logo

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Howland Stone Store Museum
is a site on the

NY State Office Of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Underground Railroad Heritage Trail

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Preserving the Howland Family Collections
Includes permanent and rotating exhibits

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Howland Stone Store Museum
2956 State Route 34B, Hamlet of Sherwood, NY
(View Map)
Hours:  June through September
from 1-4 pm.

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The Howland Stone Store Museum

Our name tells our story! In 1837 Slocum Howland built this store in Sherwood, a crossroads between Cayuga and Owasco Lakes to the west and east and Auburn and Ithaca to the north and south. Cayuga Lake gave it easy access to the Erie Canal.  Our collection details the sale of local products such as wool and pork, and importation of manufactured products.  The building is made of small stones called cobblestones, which were picked up in local fields.

The Howland family was prominent in important reform movements throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century, particularly in the abolition of slavery, education, and women's suffrage. A prized Museum possession is an Underground Railroad pass brought by two slaves who escaped from Maryland and came to Slocum Howland (1794-1881) seeking freedom in 1840.  Miss Emily (1827-1929) first taught in schools for free blacks in Washington, D.C. in 1857. In addition to building a school in Sherwood, she founded and/or financially supported fifty schools for the emancipated blacks, teaching in several of them.

Both Emily and her niece, Isabel (1859-1942), were active in the local, state and national women's suffrage movements; we have posters and other memorabilia representing their efforts. A "Cabinet of Curiosities," collected by the Howlands on their travels, includes everything from Arabian jewelry to coral from Capri.

Since acquiring Isabel's home, known as Opendore, we are restoring and renovating it to provide expanded space for our Museum's mission and collections.

Sherwood, New York is  now listed on
The National Register of Historic Places

To view the 'Significance Statement' for the
NY Equal Rights Historic District
, click HERE (PDF File)

The 'Significance Statement' was compiled by:
Dr. Judith Wellman, Director
Historical New York Research Associates -
Professor Emerita, SUNY Oswego


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Group Tours

If your club or group would like a special tour of the Howland Stone Store Museum (outside of regular hours), we would be happy to accommodate you.  Please contact us via the postal address or phone number listed on the front of our brochure.

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2017 Special Exhibit
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November 6, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women voting in NYS. Come see some very special posters and learn more about their historical significance!

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rograms for 2017

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All programs and socials will take place at the museum. Admission to the Howland Stone Store Museum and its programs is free. Donations are always gratefully accepted.  

May 21, 2017   7:00 p.m.
Paul Shinal will present an historical overview, including maps, schedules and photos, of the "Auburn Road," the railway that still exists today from Canandaigua to Solvay. It is recognized in railroad history as one of the oldest stll operating in America. The CNY Southern Railroad traversed from Ithaca to South Lansing, Freeville, Scipio, Genoa Junction and Auburn.
A brief annual meeting of HSSM will be conducted prior to the program.
June 11, 2017   7:00 p.m.
David Atkins is Chief Technical Advisor for a documentary in production: TALKIES: The Invention of Theodore W. Case. He has read all of Case's journals "more than once" and studied his patents. David will share artifacts and equipment that once belonged to Case, including material saved from a scrap heap! He has succeeded in bringing back to life some AEO tubes, the key instrument in the recording of sound-on-film.

July 23, 2017   7:00 p.m.
2107 is the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau's birth, and the Thoreau Society is promoting events in honor of Thoreau across the country, and around the world. As part of this celebration, Howard Nelson and Charles Weld, two local residents and writers for whom Thoreau has been influential, will present readings from work and reflections on the importance of Thoreau, the author of Walden and "Civil Disobedience," who said, "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away."

August 20, 2017   7:00 p.m.
Time Travel with Craig Kukuk:
The year is 1809, the setting is an historic farm. Four people embark on a three day pioneer experiment, immersed in time travel, from roping beds to plowing with oxen, open hearth cooking to blacksmithing, and so much more. Come join us as we go back in time and see how our ancestors might have lived.

September 17, 2017   7:00 p.m.
Cobblestone Buildings: History, Construction and Preservation: 
Paul Briggs, a historic cobblestone mason for 25 years, is a craftsman who has worked to preserve the Stone Store. He will explain some of the history of cobblestone buildings and describe techniques used in the construction and preservation of these structures.

October 15, 2017   7:00 p.m.
Celia Murdock was a distinguished local artist of the nineteenth century. Linda Post VanBuskirk and Marilyn Post will show how her work, as displayed in the HSSM, fits into the artistic traditions of the 19th century, and will explore what Murdock may have seen and explored artistically during her time in France. Paintings in the American Pastoral tradition tend to be landscapes that featured cattle, sheep, and horses. Our painting is unusual in that there are no people present, and the oxen are in their barn.
November 5, 2017   4:00 pm
Miss Emily was born on November 20, 1827.  
Celebrate her 190th birthday with birthday cake, following this afternoon's program!
We will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in NYS. Members of our collections and calendar committees will present examples of our posters and our remaining 2017 Woman's Suffrage Calendars will be available at a discount.

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Want To Become A HSSM Member?

You can now JOIN or RENEW your Howland Stone Store Museum MEMBERSHIP or make a DONATION to the museum by credit card with our secure PayPal website. If you prefer, you can also download and use our 2017 Membership-Form
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Links To Some Related Websites
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National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom
Following The Freedom Trail In Auburn & Cayuga County NY
NY State Office Of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Underground Railroad Heritage Trail

The Cayuga County Historian's Office in Auburn NY

Project report about the house that was sold to Herman Phillips by Slocum Howland is also now on the Internet at:

A transcription of the diary of Clarinda Murdock is on the Internet at:

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