Historic Palmyra

132 Market St.
New York, 14522 USA

Hours of Operation:
winter 11-4 Tues.-Thurs


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HISTORIC PALMYRA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated preserving the history and architectural heritage of Palmyra, New York.  Once known as the "Queen of Erie Canal towns," Palmyra boasts an astonishing array of architecture, ranging from the early 1800's to Victorian era grandeur. 

Historic Palmyra's mission is to save the history of Palmyra and vicinity through the preservation of architecture, artifacts, and archives. Historic Palmyra teaches and educates through the five museums and their collections. This mission is served primarily through the operation of five unique museums, welcoming thousands of visitors each year.

The Palmyra Historical Museum (132 Market St., Palmyra) houses 23 themed rooms that survey Palmyra's history, a treasure trove of days gone by. The Erie Canal Depot (136 Market St., Palmyra) and Print Shop Museums (140 1/2 Market St., Palmyra), both housed in historic buildings, address the importance of both the Erie Canal and printing to Palmyra's history. The Phelps General Store Home and Museum (140 Market St., Palmyra), "where time stands still," served as a boarding house, tavern, bakery, general store, and family residence. At the closing of the general store in 1940, it was subsequently left untouched, leaving a curious retail time capsule for you and your family to explore. Upstairs you’ll visit the elegant Phelps’ family home with post-Civil War furnishings and Victorian splendor, unspoiled by electricity or indoor plumbing, where Sibyl Phelps resided until her passing in 1976. The Alling Coverlet Museum (122 William St., Palmyra) houses the largest handwoven American coverlet collection in the world and is an important stop for any textile enthusiast or curious visitor alike.



The Palmyra Historical Museum contains 23 rooms with over 200 years of Palmyra history.
The Phelps General Store Home and Museum was built in 1826 and occupied for 150 years. It has been carefully and authentically preserved for visitors to experience.
The Palmyra Print Shop Museum features examples of the finest printing equipment ever made.
Alling Coverlet Museum first floor display room. Overshots and double weaves dating from 1800 to 1840
Alling Coverlet Museum first floor display with 1809 Barn Loom showing Jacquard or Figured and Fancy coverlets made between 1844 and 1873.
Phelps at night decorated for Sibyl’s birthday
Alling display room full of children learning about the book “Hidden in Plain View” and the Underground Railroad.
The Upper Mud Creek Aqueduct located at Lock 29 in Aqueduct Park.