Lockport, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- The History Center is pleased to announce its schedule for summer tours at The Col. Wm. Bond/Jesse Hawley House at 143 Ontario Street in Lockport.
This National Register museum home, which was built in 1823 before the opening of the Erie Canal, is completely restored and exquisitely furnished in the Empire Period (1820-1840.)
Lockport’s first red brick home was originally built by Col. William Bond and has had seven additional owners including Jesse Hawley, a brother-in-law of Col. Bond who was credited with convincing Dewitt Clinton on the merits of building the Erie Canal. Since, 1968, the owner of the house is the Niagara County History Center, which has worked painstakingly to restore the home’s twelve rooms to their original splendor.
Bond House co-curators Becky and Gloria Pittler have been busy this spring installing a new exhibit in the home entitled, “Lockport, My Home Town.” This exhibit focuses on the period that the home was occupied by residents of Lockport (1823-1968) and will feature over one hundred years of clothing styles, pictures of Lockport, memorabilia and advertisements from area businesses.
The Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House will be open to the public from 1-4 p.m. every Thursday and Sunday in July and August. As an added convenience, the Col. Bond House is a stop on the Lockport Trolley route. Donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to help to provide much needed maintenance for this historic treasure.
For information about tours call 716 434-7433.