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Historic Babcock House

The beautiful Greek Revival Cobblestone Babcock House Museum was built in 1848 near the shores of Lake Ontario along the Seaway Trail.  Its cobblestone masonry, using weathered stone from Lake Ontario, is unique to this area of New York and most of these homes were erected prior to the Civil War.  Step over the threshold and enter a world gone by.  The brick bread oven and bee hive cook fireplace are focal points as you stroll through.  It is completely furnished with vintage antiques, china, light fixtures, and pump organ.  It is as if the original owner, farmer Jeptha Babcock, is just outside in the impressive barn tending to his animals.  One of the largest barns in vintage barns in Niagara County, you can tour the old machinery inside and view the soaring architecture.  Square dances, storytelling and old fashioned pot luck meals are held inside several times per year by the Somerset Historical Society.  The house is open for touring on Sundays 1-4 from June Through the end of August.

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