Welcome!

The Skaneateles Historical Society welcomes you to our web site where you can learn about the history of our Town and Village and view the archival records of the people who lived here almost from the beginning.

In keeping with our mission statement we have assembled many collections of records, photos, newspaper articles and artifacts which are available at our Museum at The Creamery to residents and visitors without an admission charge (donations are welcome). Our goal at the Creamery is to educate and amaze our visitors with outstanding exhibits showing Skaneateles craftsmanship and industry over the past 220 plus years.

Skaneateles Lake is so important to our region, we have dedicated resources to educating visitors on its history and current status. Visitors can learn about our world-famous lake, by using our Lake Model, interacting with its information panel and a large display screen.

Our Research Library is open every Friday for those who wish to research family or local history with the guidance of volunteers who know the archives and how to help.

Come and visit us soon!

Upcoming Events

April Monthly Program Meeting

Kihm Winship will present our program on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at The Museum at The Creamery.

A History of Stella Maris
Stella Maris began life in 1879 as Roseleigh, a private estate that was a summer residence first for Frederick and Mary Roosevelt, and then for Mr. & Mrs. Burns Lyman Smith. Roseleigh had 10 bedrooms, 4 baths, a billiard parlor, den, dining room and living room, with a fireplace in every room. It included a stable, a boat house and a generous expanse of shoreline. It is the only building in Skaneateles with a proven claim to touches by Stanford White. In 1952, it passed to the Sisters of St. Francis. Now, as it approaches a new chapter in its history, Kihm Winship will take a look back at the house itself and those who have called it home, as well as its creators and notable visitors.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Museum at The Creamery, and perhaps by then we’ll have heard who has bought it and what their plans are for this unique property.


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