Fort Crook Museum

Fort Crook Historical Society

Drawing Courtesy Frank Germano

 

Click on photo to see pictures of the interior of each building.

Photographs Courtesy of Val Atkinson

The Main Museum Building, completed in 1963, was fashioned after the Beaver Creek Round Barn in Little Valley only on a much smaller scale. This three story building houses an extensive collection of Indian baskets and artifacts, a hand dugout canoe, a gun collection, civil war uniforms and other antiques. It also houses a library exhibit and gift shop.

The Beaver Creek Ranch Round Barn, originally located in Little Valley, was reconstructed using as much of the materials from the original barn as possible. It was completed in 2009.

The James Building was built in 1978 by the James and Perkins families in memory of their ancestors, the James Family. Most of the items on display came from the James home. A collection of Verna Cessna's many teapots is also on display.

The Lewis Cabin is an original log cabin complete with items used in log cabins of that time. It is like walking into someone's home in the 1860s. It was used on the Barr Ranch and was donated by the Rhodes family.

The Pittville School House was built in 1884 in the small town of Pittville across the valley. It was moved to its present location at the museum when it was 110 years old in 1994. Many visitors like to ring the old school bell.

The Tack Room located behind the school house was donated and reconstructed in 2013. Exhibits include old saddles, tack, harnesses and other horse related equipment.

The Fort Crook Cabin was built in 1857. It is the only known original building remaining from Fort Crook.

The Fall River Jail was built in 1938 and served the Fall River Mills area until 1956. It was purchased by the Historical Society for $50 and moved to the museum grounds. It is a rugged facility with two cells.

The Blacksmith Workshops are held on the first and third Sundays of each month from November through March. Join Chuck McCulley and Ron Shannon and learn the art of blacksmithing. Donations of $5 are requested to cover expenses. All are welcome including beginners.

The Red Barn has a variety of exhibits which include antique trucks, woodworking tools and various farming and homesteading equipment. It also houses the blacksmith shop where the blacksmithing workshops are held.

The Pondosa Timekeepers Cabin was used in the logging community of Pondosa from 1930 until 1978. It was built on skids so it could be moved around to various logging sites. The timekeepers cabin is now used to display the museums collection of logging exhibits.

 

 

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