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Howland Stone Store Museum
is a proud member of the

National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom Program Logo

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Howland Stone Store Museum
is a site on the

NY State Office Of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Underground Railroad Heritage Trail

Preserving the Howland Family Collections
Includes permanent and rotating exhibits

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Howland Stone Store Museum
2956 State Route 34B, Hamlet of Sherwood, NY
(View Map)
Hours:  June through September
from 1-4 pm.

More News Read Our Nov. 2014 Newsletter

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The Howland Stone Store Museum

Our name tells the 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 working to renovate portions of it 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
NY Equal Rights Historic District
, 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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What's New At The Museum?
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Produced our second  Woman’s Suffrage Calendar.

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Benefited from Nellie Slocum as a student intern in January, and  also from Gwen Spicer, a collections management consultant who worked with our volunteers.
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Group Tours

If your club or group would like a special tour of the Howland Stone Store Museum (outside of regular hours), we would be happy to accommodate you.  Please contact us via the postal address or phone number listed on the front of our brochure.

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2014 Special Exhibit
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Merchandise Bought/Sold in Sherwood
Learn the history of goods bought and sold in the Howland Store between 1819 and 1867 during Slocum and William’s ownership.   The exhibit also encompasses other industries in and around Sherwood.

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rograms for 2014

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All programs and socials will take place at the museum except the September 21 Fund-raiser Workshop. Admission to the Howland Stone Store Museum and its programs is free, although donations are gratefully accepted.  

May 18, 2014   7:00 p.m.
"Harriet Tubman and Emily Howland's Hope"  
Hear how these two women desired to start a School for Girls at the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn.  Presenter Dr. Douglas Armstrong, Professor of Anthropology at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, has done extensive archeological research at the Tubman House, combining that exploration with his interest in social reform in our region.  A brief annual meeting of HSSM will be conducted prior to the program.
June 22, 2014   7:00 p.m.
"Big Dreams and Little Business" 
Hear the story of Merrifield:  the end of the line  for the New York and Oswego Midland RR.  What did it take to extend the tracks past Merrifield and where did they go?  How did the “shortline” fit into the picture?  Presenter Bruce Tracy is a local railroad historian.

July 13, 2014   7:00 p.m.
"The Antislavery Movement and the Tactics of Gerrit Smith"  
Smith was criticized for the tactics he used in that fight, but in the long run, they were successful. Smith operated a very active underground railroad (UGRR) station in Peterboro and managed a land sales business that allowed him to be philanthropic, so he became the most powerful abolitionist in the country.  Presenter Dr. Norman Dann is a retired professor from Morrisville State College, active member of historic organizations in Peterboro, and published author on topics including slavery, Gerrit Smith, and the UGRR.

August 17, 2014   7:00 p.m.
"Abraham Lincoln and his connection to Old Homer Village, New York"
This talk will highlight three early Homer residents whose professional lives were intertwined with President Lincoln and his administration. Presenter Len Cohen, Homer resident, is a retired History Bibliographer at the State University at Cortland’s Memorial Library. Of late, his interest has been piqued by the work of Homer’s town historian Martin Sweeney.  Sweeney’s book, Lincoln’s Gift From Homer, New York was recognized by the Lincoln Forum as part of the celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
September 7, 2014   7:00 p.m.
"Eagles of Cayuga Lake" 
An informative photo program about the comeback of the American Bald Eagle along Cayuga Lake.  Presenter Glenn Gaston is a local photographer; he will  also be presenting the photo workshop on Sept. 21.
October 19, 2014   7:00 p.m.
"How to Search Your Family Tree"
An introduction to genealogical research highlighting how to weed out fact from family legend.  Presenter Dawn Roe will share techniques and  stories from her over 20 years of research.  Dawn is the former Port Byron Historian and an associate member of the Association of Public Historians of NYS.
November 16, 2014   4:00 pm
Celebrate Miss Emily Howland’s 187th birthday.
Program: Test your knowledge about Emily Howland’s life and contributions to our national story with our Miss Emily Trivia, presented by Trudy Buxenbaum, and also witness the unveiling of the 100-year old Woman’s Suffrage Sign recently restored by a Greater Hudson Heritage Grant. (Program change: Due to the presenter’s health concerns, the program about Quakers in Sherwood has been postponed.) Our docents will be recognized for their service during this past year—and we will have birthday cake. Do join us!
FREE - Building is handicap accessible

Photo Workshop
Instructor:  Glenn Gaston

Learn about
Outdoor Photography
Scenic Photography
Maybe some wildlife

Sunday, September 21   
3-5 pm


Frontenac Park in Union Springs, NY

Open to all !
No experience needed
Just bring your camera

Donation ~~$25

Reservations required

Call 315-364-5587

Limited Enrollment


Though donations are always gratefully accepted, entrance to the Stone Store Museum and its programs are free unless otherwise indicated.

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Want To Become A HSSM Member?

You can now JOIN or RENEW your Howland Stone Store Museum MEMBERSHIP or make a DONATION to the museum by credit card with our secure PayPal website. If you prefer, you can also download and use our 2014 Membership-Form
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Links To Some Related Websites
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National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom
Following The Freedom Trail In Auburn & Cayuga County NY
NY State Office Of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Underground Railroad Heritage Trail

The Cayuga County Historian's Office in Auburn NY

Project report about the house that was sold to Herman Phillips by Slocum Howland is also now on the Internet at:

A transcription of the diary of Clarinda Murdock is on the Internet at:

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