Our name tells our story! In 1837 Slocum Howland built this store in Sherwood, a crossroads between Cayuga and Owasco Lakes to the west and east and Auburn and Ithaca to the north and south. Cayuga Lake gave it easy access to the Erie Canal. Our collection details the sale of local products such as wool and pork, and importation of manufactured products. The building is made of small stones called cobblestones, which were picked up in local fields.
The Howland family was prominent in important reform movements throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century, particularly in the abolition of slavery, education, and women's suffrage. A prized Museum possession is an Underground Railroad pass brought by two slaves who escaped from Maryland and came to Slocum Howland (1794-1881) seeking freedom in 1840. Miss Emily (1827-1929) first taught in schools for free blacks in Washington, D.C. in 1857. In addition to building a school in Sherwood, she founded and financially supported fifty schools for the emancipated blacks, teaching in several of them.
Both Emily and her niece, Isabel (1859-1942), were active in the local, state and national women's suffrage movements; we have posters and other memorabilia representing their efforts. A "Cabinet of Curiosities," collected by the Howlands on their travels, includes everything from Arabian jewelry to coral from Capri.
In 2008, we acquired Opendore, which was Isabel's home. We are now renovating Opendore as an expanded part of our Museum.
Sherwood, New York is now listed on The National Register of Historic Places
To view the 'Significance Statement' for the
SherwoodNYEqualRightsHistoricDistrict, click HERE
(PDF File) The 'Significance Statement'
was compiled by:
Dr. Judith Wellman, Director
Historical New York Research Associates -
Professor Emerita, SUNY Oswego
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Learn about the Cayuga County Political Equality Club and the role of the Howlands
in that organization.
All programs and socials will take place at the museum. Admission to the Howland Stone Store Museum and its programs is free, except for the October 18 Fund-raiser. Donations are always gratefully accepted.
May 17, 2015 7:00 p.m.
A Whale of an Apple
is a discussion of New Bedford whaling captain George Howland, the flourishing apple industry in the 19th century, and the legendary 20-Ounce. Presenter Carrie Knight is a historian and writer who resides in Aurora, New York, where she is ever-inspired by the region's rich heritage. She is currently dividing her time between a larger history of George Howland and other scholarly interests which include architectural and agricultural history. A brief annual meeting of HSSM will be conducted prior to the program.
June 14, 2015 7:00 p.m. Parallel Trajectories in the U.S. and India: Reflections on Emily Howland and Pandita Ramabai.
Presenters Andrew and Bess Simkin, who served in India on a three-year diplomatic assignment, will describe the historic friendship of two great social reformers and offer their own perspective on cultural affinities between the two countries.
July 19, 2015 7:00 p.m. Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address: A Few Brief Words that Re-birthed America.
This presentation will detail what really happened in the days up to and including Lincoln’s 24 hours in Gettysburg to consecrate the future National Cemetery, and how people from Cayuga County influenced its creation. Presenter John E. Lamphere is Associate Vice President / Dean of the Fulton Campus, Cayuga Community College
August 16, 2015 7:00 p.m. “Nobler spirits I never met”: Scipio and Farmington, Two Quaker Centers of Reform.
Farmington and Scipio were major centers of Quaker settlement and reform for equal rights for African Americans, Native Americans, and women. Both are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places (as the Sherwood Equal Rights National Historic District and Farmington Quaker Crossroads Historic District). This talk compares these two dynamic Quaker centers and discusses nationally important figures affiliated with them, including Emily Howland, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, the Edmondson sisters. Presenter Judith Wellman, professor emerita, SUNY Oswego, and Director of Historical New York Research Associates is author of many books, articles, surveys and National Register nominations documenting historic sites relating to the Underground Railroad, African American life, and women’s rights.
September 20, 2015 7:00
p.m. Jethro Wood.
The story of his great contribution to agriculture by inventing the modern plow is an exciting one! Presenters Jack and Mary Lou Charles live in Wood’s 1805 house in Poplar Ridge.
October 18, 2015 3:00 p.m. A Conversation between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Emily Howland.
Emily Howland and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were pioneers of women’s rights activism linked together by mutual interests in suffrage, civil and human rights, and the promises of education. Join with them as these two old friends reconnect across the centuries in a dialogue about freedom, equality, and life in the robust reform community of 19th century Central New York. Dr. Melinda Grube (Mrs. Stanton) is an adjunct lecturer in history at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York. Her research focuses on women’s reform activism in the “Burned Over District” of central and western New York. A descendent of a Seneca Falls abolitionist family, she fell in love with local history as a child and now frequently performs in costume as Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Trudy Buxenbaum, longtime museum volunteer and retired SCCS teacher, will portray Miss Emily. Fund-raiser - $10
November 15, 2015 4:00
Miss Emily’s Birthday Party: A small group of local students will present a short play “Women’s Rights” written by Mildred Myers, telling the story of Miss Emily collecting signatures on a petition to give women the right to vote. Then some old-timers reminisce about Miss Emily and about Opendore. Celebrate Miss Emily’s 188th birthday with birthday cake!
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