Curious About Tompkins County's Local History?
A couple minutes away from The Commons, The History Center offers free admission for adults and children to over 10,000 sq. ft of exhibition space, featuring permanent and temporary exhibitions, wide-ranging programs, a research library and a book shop.
Permanent exhibitions feature local old maps, an 1890's children's play space, photographs, a timeline, and artifacts. Call The History Center at 273 8284 ext 1 for current exhibition information and hours, or log on to our website at thehistorycenter.net
The History Center offers free access to year-round, wide-ranging programs for adults and children - from hands-on workshops for children to evening and Saturday programs featuring local authors, experts, academics and performers, and everything in between.
Thousands of historic photographs, documents, diaries, scrapbooks, genealogies, maps, and deeds are available in The History Center's research library during regular hours and by appointment.
The Eight Square Schoolhouse
The History Center owns and recently renovated the Eight Square Schoolhouse located on Upper Hanshaw Road (1/4 mile East from the airport). Built in 1827, it is the earliest school still existing in Tompkins County, and the only brick octagonal schoolhouse left standing in New York State. Over 800 Tompkins County students each year spend a day there as a student in 1892!