Museum of Wayne County History


The Museum of Wayne County History, run by the Wayne County Historical Society, a nonprofit organization, is located in the historic town of Lyons, NY.  

About us:

The museum is housed in the former Wayne County Jail and Sheriff's residence built in 1856 and used until 1960.  The 24 cells are still intact with the original inmate art work on the walls.  Learn the stories of some of the inmates that served time at the jail, and tour the three floors of exhibition space, such as Lyons Pottery & Clyde Glass, the Military Room which spans the War of 1812 to Vietnam War, a Child's 1856 bedroom and much more.  The museum is located at 21 Butternut Street;  a short walk up from lock #27.  

Guided tours available daily, large groups please call in advance.  A two story carriage house is also available to tour weather permitting. Admission into the museum is $5 adults, $3 students and Wayne County Historical Society members are free.

The building was also the only place in Wayne County where a man was hanged. In 1860 William Fee was convicted of the murder of an unknown woman traveling through Clyde. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to hang. Many of our paranormal investigators say that he just might be still walking the cellblock. Because of this, we have been included on the Haunted History Trail of New York State. Click HERE to be brought to their website.

Our professional staff and the strong support of our volunteers help make us an invaluable educational resource in Wayne County.

Our Mission:

It is the mission of The Wayne County Historical Society:

     * To encourage an appreciation of the history of Wayne County

     * To disseminate historical information about Wayne County and the   

         surrounding area

     * To preserve the heritage of the area and help individuals explore

         history and its meaning in relation to their lives


We have a large photo collection pertaining to Wayne County available for research

Lyons Pottery