newfane historical society


"What the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved." -Ellen Goodman, writer

The Town of Newfane Historical Society in New York collects, preserves and interprets the history of our community, sharing our heritage through education, exhibits and special events. We maintain two historical locations: The Van Horn Mansion and Country Village, along with an extensive collection of archives and artifacts.

We are a non-profit organization relying entirely on the generosity of supporters. Consider becoming a member of the society, thereby adding your voice to our efforts, as we convey the story of our residents to future generations.

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 Join us during Christmastime

The Van Horn Mansion is all decorated for the holidays and we want to share it with you! Visit on a Sunday as we relaunch our public tours, attend our annual December Carol Sing...or book the mansion for a private event and celebrate with loved ones.

carol sing refreshments

A Letter from our President:

As a third-generation member of the Newfane Historical Society, I'm proud to be part of a family who has passions for both giving back to the community and helping preserve local history. It is my privelege to continue this volunteering legacy with a group that has become invaluable to the community, and works tirelessly with any challenges placed in front of it. I look forward to assisting in any way possible as we continue to grow and develop our organization together, while also striving to maintain the long-lasting traditions carved out by our many members over the years.

- Victoria Banks, President


You Can Make A Difference.

Our small group of hardworking volunteers is always in search of those with a love or curiosity of the past, or an interest in helping strengthen our community. Volunteer and share our history with others. Become a member or donor and help us achieve countless project goals.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

We offer private rentals of both our locations!

Enjoy a unique backdrop for your next gathering.