2016 Year in Review

December 30th, 2016

Shelf of drain tile of the Mike Weaver Drain Tile Museum at Johnston House.

Our outreach efforts went international in January when John spoke about John Johnston at the annual conference of the Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario (Canada).


Colored image of people people dancing in the dining room of Club 86.

Swinin’ Sixties Party at Club 86.


Seneca Exchange after urban renewal

Our short video series, Geneva’s Stories debuted with an episode about urban renewal.



A group tour headed to the Big Apple in April.


Weaver View Farms, 386 State Route 14

With the theme of All Roads Lead Home, the 2016 Tour of Homes featured eight private homes, the Performing Arts Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and FLCC’s Viticulture and Wine Center.


People of various ages enjoying an outdoor concert at Rose Hill.

Agonal Rhythm, Genesee Ted, and the Golden Eagle String Band were part of the Rose Hill Concert Series.


Barbara Lamb

Volunteer of the Year Barbara Lamb.

From special events to data entry, we could not accomplish all  that we do without the support of our volunteers.


rh-workWith the condition reports completed, work began in earnest this spring at Rose Hill and Johnston House.  Projects included painting  three sides of Rose Hill and replacing the roof at Johnston House.


a group of adults standing outside.

Karen leading a walking tour of North Main Street.



Though Google people can take a virtual tour of the first floor of Rose Hill.


basket filled with Halloween items

Halloween basket for the Boys and Girls Club.

Partnering with community organizations and taking part in community events allows us to reach a broad audience.  Along with participating in Geneva Night Out, Seneca7 and Bookfest, we donated raffle items to several organizations including baskets to the Geneva Public Library and Boys and Girls Club.


people standing in a hallway

In addition to our regular tours at Rose Hill, we continued to offer specialty tours.  A Taste of Rose Hill (a food themed tour) debuted this summer.



Music in the Key of Geneva is both an exhibit and effort to document and share the community’s musical heritage.  Five sets of exhibit panels are on display around Geneva.  In addition to exhibit, podcasts, short videos, and articles can be found on our digital collection and blog pages of our website.


Two models parked outside

Among the groups to visit Rose Hill this summer were members of the Model T Ford Club International and Hupmobile Club.

Two hupmobiles parked outsdoors



For a second year, Rose Hill received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.


Wooden ornament of a 1916 Model T

Our Ford Model T Express Wagon at Rose Hill turned 100 this year.  To celebrate we held a birthday party and debuted an ornament.


Three children learning how to milk a cow

Farm Heritage Day at Johnston House


hand drawn map

Caleb Swan’s map of Rose Hill, 1850.

This fall we began working with SUNY ESF Center For Cultural Landscape Preservation on a Cultural Landscape Report for Rose Hill.  Among the items that will be addressed in the report are interpreting the grounds to the Swan period (the 1850s and 1860s), universal accessibility, and clarifying points of entry.


civil war re-enactors firing a cannon

Reynolds’ Battery held a Civil War Encampment on the grounds of Rose Hill for Seneca County Middle School students.

Whether inside or outside the classroom, over 2500 students were provided a variety of opportunities to explore Geneva’s stories.


snow laden cemetery

Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Our tradition of participating in Wreaths Across America continued in December when a group laid wreaths at Sampson.

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