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Fantastic fall colors, seasonal festivities, and eerie explorations coming up in October at Genesee Country Village & Museum

Sep 21st, 2022

Fantastic fall colors, seasonal festivities, and eerie explorations coming up in

October at Genesee Country Village & Museum


Mumford, NY (September 20, 2022) – Fall colors have arrived at Genesee Country Village & Museum! Visitors to GCV&M this month will enjoy a full lineup of one-of-a-kind fall events and activities, from the annual Agricultural Fair, to eerie explorations of the Historic Village during Spirits of the Past: A Walk in the Dark. The last day of the Museum’s 2022 regular season is Monday, October 10, so now is a great time to plan a fall visit and enjoy everything GCV&M has to offer. Daily admission tickets are available for purchase online at a discounted rate:   

Celebrate the season at the Agricultural Fair

Celebrate the bountiful Western NY harvest as the Museum shines in its finest fall colors during the annual Agricultural Fair on Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event has been a visitor favorite for over forty years, and each year boasts new experiences and explorations along with treasured traditions. See sheep herding and equestrian sidesaddle riding, check out prize-winning waterfowl and poultry of all breeds, plus visit with GCV&M’s own livestock and costumed interpreters at the Pioneer Farm. Entertainment abounds with live music all weekend long, plus the return of the Punch & Judy Show. Visitors can also take in a historic base ball game as teams vie for the Mayor’s Cup Championship Trophy. Get hands-on with Haudenosaunee corn husk doll crafts and a traditional corn bread wheel cooking demonstration. Plus, shop and savor: bring home goodies from a market in the tradition of the country fairs from days gone by, peruse entries into the Blue Ribbon Competition, and enjoy a Hosmer’s Inn coffee house experience or a seasonal meal and craft beverage in the Museum’s restaurants. Presenting sponsors for this event are Tompkins Community Bank and Monroe County Economic Development, with in-kind sponsorship from McCarthys Tents & Events, and supporting sponsorship from Philadelphia Insurance Companies. Learn more and purchase tickets online in advance:

Enjoy Apples, Apples, Apples! (Plus, Kids Free Day)

On the last day of the regular season (Monday, October 10), visitors can enjoy an apple-themed adventure in the Historic Village. See an apple press in action, explore historic kitchens to experience foods being prepared using apples, learn about the history of the crop in NY State, and more. Visitors looking to get in the mood for spooky season can explore mourning fashion in the John L. Wehle during a talk entitled “Dressed to Death” with curator Brandon Brooks. Explore the origins of modern mourning practices and view intriguing items from the collection. Plus, Monday, October 10, is the last Kids Free Day of the season! All kids 12 years of age and under will receive free admission to GCV&M. Bring the whole family out for a day of fall fun. Learn more:

Beware! Spirits of the Past: A Walk in the Dark is back

Halloween is coming to the Historic Village! Explore dark winding paths and haunting historic homes while you hear terrifying tales of lore during Spirits of the Past: A Walk in the Dark, coming up Friday, October 21, Saturday, October 22, Sunday, October 23, Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30. At night the villagers will show their spooky side by telling brave visitors spine-tingling tales. This year’s theme features hair-raising legends of villainous wicked women. Visitors to Spirits of the Past can enjoy a meal in the Depot Restaurant or Carport Grill, craft beverages, cocktails and snacks in the “Fright” House Pub, a bonfire around the Great Meadow, and shopping in the Flint Hill Store. All food and drink locations will be open form 5 – 9 p.m. Spirits of the Past is sponsored by Valley Propane & Fuels. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance, and often sell out:

Last chance to view Consuming Desires: The Great American Wedding

Visitors are encouraged to explore the exhibits currently on display in the John L. Wehle Gallery before GCV&M closes for the regular season on Monday, October 10. New for 2022, Duck, Duck, Shoot! The Story of American Waterbirds will remain on display through 2023 with the addition of exciting new collection items next season. Consuming Desires: The Great American Wedding, which has been on display in the Gallery since 2021, will be replaced with an entirely new exhibit in 2023. Visitors wishing to view Consuming Desires can do so before the Museum closes this month. Admission to the John L. Wehle Gallery is included with general Museum admission. Learn more about exhibits currently on display:

Classes and Programs at GCV&M

Learn a new (historic!) skill with the help of experts at GCV&M this October. Classes offered for adults this month include: Fermentation (Saturday, October 8, and Sunday, October 15), Cheese Making (Tuesday, October 11), Baking German Kuchen (Tuesday, October 11), and Baking Halloween Springerles (Sunday, October 30). Learn more and register for classes online:

Purchase daily admission tickets online in advance and save

Genesee Country Village & Museum will be bustling with fun for all ages in October. The Museum is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., now through Monday, October 10. Please note: Nature Trails will be closed for the duration of hunting season (October 1 – January 1). Purchase tickets online in advance to get early bird discount pricing – there is a small additional fee at the door for daily admission and special event tickets purchased day-of. Visit to learn more and purchase tickets online.

Coming up this winter

In the coming months, Museum visitors can look forward to winter events such as the Holiday Market & Preparing for Winter in the Historic Village on Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20, as well as Yuletide in the Country Tours & Dinners, beginning on Friday, December 2. Visit to learn more about special events coming up throughout the rest of the year.

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