Our Country Village hosts numerous historical buildings and exhibits throughout its grounds. The Village has hosted events for over three decades, celebrating the community and its substantial history. We are ever in the process of collecting and displaying artifacts and sharing them with the public. We perpetuate the memories of our inhabitants by hosting tours for school groups, local organizations at their convenience throughout the year.
Recent Society projects include restoring a printing press, renovating a weaving loom from a local textile mill, setting up both a working blacksmith shop and Ram water pump system. In 2013 we introduced “Heck Pavilion,” a large open building for workshops, events and dining. Newly added is a Fireman's display, located on the west side.
Our dedicated volunteers and members have contributed untold hours to create a myriad of exhibits in over a dozen buildings.
Power Loom Building.1920 Crompton & Knowles 180 D Power Loom at the Town of Newfane Historical Society's Country Village. Demonstration of how the Loom makes felt for paper making industry. (photo not available)
W. G. Hall, General Merchandise. Our country store, donated by Charles and Estelle Russell was moved to the property by a team of society members. Many hours of hard work followed to convert it from a storage building to an old time country store.
The building is wonderfully displayed, giving the real look and feel of a general store in the 19th century. During our Apple Festivals you can purchase a variety of baked goods, candies and apple products.
Hrvol House Museum (Log Cabin). Donated by John & Helen Hrvol in 1977. The family also donated the property on which the Country Village is located. This museum hosts the largest and most extensive collection of artificats owned by the society. It is currently closed for extensive renovations.
School House. This building was donated by the Corwin Cemetery Association, where it was originally used as a shed. It was remodeled by society members to represent an old one-room schoolhouse. It houses a wonderful array of old schoolhouse artifacts and information on the local school's history.
C.H. Manhardt Powered Machinery Building. This machine shop, located in the West Complex, is always busy with hands on learning during our Apple Festivals. Come inside and see various old machinery humming and buzzing while working. Grab a corn cob and help our society members with the largest of the machines as you learn the process of corn milling.
Ott Blacksmith Shop. The shop is very popular during our Apple Festivals, with live demonstrations from very gifted blacksmiths. It's located in the West Complex, beside the C.H. Manhardt Building. Pictured is William Ott, our chief blacksmith for many years and whom our building is named for.
Civil War Encampment. Always growing, this unique site hosts reenactors during our Apple Festivals, who perform demonstrations and educational programs for guests.
Apple Butter Shelter. In the early days of apple butter production, society members used temporary covers made of tarps and poles. This handcrafted wooden shelter now serves as the home for the popular Apple Harvest Festival staple. This requires members staying overnight at the Country Village to ensure the tradition of slow and steady fruit butter creation remains.
(2013) Heck Pavilion. Designed to house events and dining guests at our festivals.
In memory of longtime society member Jud Heck and his family.
Post Office. Originally the Burt Post Office building. After it closed its doors, it was carefully torn down and then rebuilt in the Country Village.
Red Barn. Donated by John & Helen Hrvol. This building has served as a kitchen, project room, classroom and storage. Picnics have been held there in times of inclement weather. The North side (pictured) had an addition built to be used as a food stand during the Apple Festivals, and the South side's addition came to house the Apple Festival's chowder production.
Gazebo. This beautifully designed gazebo is a wonderful centerpiece to private events held at the Country Village. During Apple Festivals it hosts various live performances and announcements.
Civilian Cabin. Built by Jim & Renae Stauder, and used by civil war re-enactors as a place of shelter during events. It serves as a replica of an early pioneer house in the U.S.
Yarb House. Originally built as an herb house, it's name comes from an old southern term for medicinal plants, which was likely a slang variation of the word 'herb'. The Yarb House has a wonderful display of dried herbs and plants, and during festivals you can find a variety of candles, scented items and more for purchase.