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It Takes an 19th Century Village

by on August 31, 2010

This past weekend my wife and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. The weekend began with a day at Darien Lake Park… We spent the earlier part of the day at the water park, then went on some rides, and finished the evening with the Tom Petty Concert. The next day, we decided to do something different. We we went to Genesse Country Village and Museum in Mumford. Neither of us had been there before, and we didn’t know much about it.  I am sharing this story with you because a number of people I have told about this part of the weekend either don’t know about it, or have only heard about it and never been. If you’ve never been there, you are missing out.

I thought it might be a quick hour to kill, but, as it turned out, we spent most of the day there. If you have an appreciation for history, this is a great place to go back in time to this reconstructed 19th century village with genuine homes and buildings of the era which have transplanted and restored. Each place has costumed “villagers” who can tell you about the building you are in, and what life was like in that home. We got to see a 19th century printing press in operation, a women making fabric on a loom, and brewers making beer (for demonstration purposes) at the brewery. In fact, their 1803 Fat Ox Ale (brewed by CustomBrewcrafters) with the old recipe is available at the village for purchase…

We spent the whole day walking around, checking things out. It was a beautiful day. At lunchtime I had some 1803 Fat Ox Ale — which was fantastic.

I can’t even really do it justice by blogging about it here. I do suggest you go to the website for more information and photos.

The village was a serene oasis, especially after a day at a amusement park and concert. We didn’t even get to see it all because of a dinner reservation, but we knew before we left we’d be back.

Anyway, if you’ve never been to Genesee Country Village before, I highly recommend you check it out.

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