Mansion and Carriage Barn Tour

Travel back in time as one of our knowledgeable docents leads you through the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum.  Listen to stories of the four generations of Grangers, who lived in this magnificent home from 1816-1930.

Admission: Adult $6
Seniors $5; Student K-12 $2
Handicap accessibility elevator lift to mansion main floor

The 2015 Tour Season kicks off May 31st with our Open House!

Please call the Homestead office at (585)394-1472 for more information.

2015 Events Calendar

Women's Council Spring Luncheon
May 6, 2015
Canandaigua Yacht Club

More info

Docent Gathering

May 14, 2015
New Docents Welcome, Training Provided
Reservations Required

Women's Council Plain & Fancy
Lawn and Bake Sale

May 23, 2015
9am-2pm FREE!

Granger Homestead Open House

May 31, 2015
1:00 to 5:00
Celebrating the opening of the 2015 Tour Season

Summer Camp
July 20-24

More info HERE 

View our complete 2015 Events Calendar HERE


1816 Barn - Agricultural Display

Grinding Wheel, Acc. # 2004.1.11

This grinding wheel consists of a whetstone with a handle at the side to turn on a metal stand for sharpening farming tools such as plow blades. The stand is embossed, "Patented 1896," and "Made in USA." The grinding wheel was used at the Granger Homestead in the early 1900s.

c.1896-1900, maker unknown

Horse-drawn Mower/Roller, Acc. # 2003.21

This horse-drawn lawn mower and roller was used to maintain the extensive grounds of the Granger Homestead in the late 1800s and early 1900s, during the era of the Granger Place School. In most instances hired workers mowed the lawn, but as evidenced by a photo from the archives, students at GPS occasionally lent a hand in the upkeep of the school grounds.

Henderson's Improved Horse Mower, 1890-1905

Sledge, Acc. # 2003.22

Little is known about this sledge other than it was used to draw very heavy items such as stone or building materials. It probably was used at the Granger Homestead prior to the Civil War during the time of Francis Granger, and his son, Gideon II. During the time of the Granger sisters, the sledge was used to move ash buckets from the coal furnace in the Homestead.

c.1840-1900, Maker unknown

Bobsled, Acc. # 1984.22

Used on the hillsides in Clifton Springs, this 15 foot long bobsled provided fast but dangerous sledding fun for at least ten people at a time. The long poles at the sides acted as handles for riders seated on the wooden plank. The T -shaped metal handle at the front is attached to the front bob for steering.

c. 1880-1915, Maker unknown

Sickle-Bar Hay Mower, Acc. # 2003.20.4

This "New Ideal" Sickle-Bar Hay Mower was pulled by a single horse. The heavy cast iron wheels transmitted power through an internal gear mechanism to make the mower blades cut the hay. The board at the end of the mower guided the tall grasses being cut to fall away from the uncut grass. Manual levers allowed the driver to raise and lower the mower bar.

Deering Co., Chicago, lL, c. 1905-1910

Dump Hay Rake, Acc. # 2003.20.1

The dump hay rake was drawn by a single horse across a field to cut and cure hay. When the tines were down, the rake collected hay. By pressing a lever, the tines were lifted and the accumulated hay "dumped." By repeating the drag and dump process, the driver could create several rows of hay. The hay was then loaded by two men into a wagon driven between the rows for storage in the barn's loft. Dump rakes like this one were widely produced by most of the major agricultural equipment companies, such as Deering and McCormick, in the late 1800s.

c. 1890-1910, Maker unknown

Horse-Drawn Ice Scorer/Cutter, Acc. # 1981.2A

This horse-drawn ice scorer/cuter is made up of ten steel blades set into a frame. Attached to it on the right side is an adjustable scorer which prepares a cut guide for the next cut. The cutter has a wood plow handle which is V -shaped and is held to the main body of the cutter with an iron brace. Along the outer side of the right plow handle is stenciled, "Remington." The ice scorer/cutter was purchased by Judge Cribb from Ben Carpenter, who is thought to have used it on Canandaigua Lake in the early 20'h century.

Remington, c. 1900

Kerosene Stove, Acc. # 2004.1.14

A small, portable kerosene stove like this one would have been used to heat areas of a barn when working in cold weather.

c. 1900, maker unknown

Field Cultivator, Acc. # 2003.20.5

This field cultivator was pulled by one horse between the rows of growing plants to loosen the earth and destroy surface weeds. This loosened soil to improve plant growth and allow moisture to soak in to plant root depth. The height of the cultivator blades could be adjusted by the user.

McCormick-Deering Co., c. 1902-1910

Shovel Plow, Acc. # 2003.20.2

The shovel plow was used between crop rows to create furrows between growing crops and to destroy weeds. This plow has shovel-shaped parts that push the soil to both sides of the plow. It was often used to hill potatoes. Like the moldboard plow, the Granger sisters' hired help used this plow in the back fields beyond the barns.

Syracuse Chilled plow Co., Syracuse, NY, c. 1879-1910

Moldboard Plow, Acc. # 2003.20.3

Also known as a walking plow, this plow was used in the Spring to prepare fields for planting by turning over the soil in long rows or furrows. Plowing also was done in the Fall to destroy plant diseases and insects that used crop remnants for sustenance. The Granger sisters' hired help used this plow in the back fields beyond the barns. The Syracuse Chilled plow Co. originally was the Robinson Chilled plow Co., founded here in Ontario County in 1876.

Chilled Plow Co., Syracuse, NY, c. 1879-1910

Hay Wagon, Acc. # 2003.20.6

After the cured hay had been raked into long rows by the dump rake, the hay wagon was pulled between the rows so that two men could fork the hay onto the wagon from each side. High sides made of boards could be inserted into the sides of the wagon so as to be able to pile the hay as high as possible. The loose hay was then taken to the barn for storage in the hay loft located above this exhibit area. The hay was used as feed throughout the winter for the horses and cows.

c. 1875-1910, maker unknown

Spike-Toothed Harrow, Acc. # 2003.20.8a,b

The spike-toothed harrow was a wooden frame or set of frames with projecting spikes. It was used to break up soil into even finer pieces after the field had been plowed, and helped level the soil for planting. Heavy stones were sometimes placed on the harrow to keep the spikes in the soil. It was also used to drag dirt over newly sown seeds.

c. 1875-1910, maker unknown

Wheelbarrow, Acc. # 2004.1.13

This all wood wheelbarrow, which has remnants of red paint on it, was used in the Summer to take ashes from the Homestead.

c. 1900, maker unknown

Hayfork, Acc. # 2004.1.12

This hayfork is made with a metal framework with two tines and two additional tines on moveable arms at the sides to grasp on to a bale of hay. At the top is a metal ring for heavy ropes and a pulley system to raise the bales from ground level up into the hayloft of the barn.

c. 1900, maker unknown

Buggy, Acc. # 1977.27

This box-shaped buggy has a black leather folding top, leather seat and dash, and fine red pin-striping on the wheels. This type of vehicle was commonly used by country doctors for house calls. During the early 1900s, one of the local physicians stabled his horse in this barn for a small fee, and probably drove a vehicle similar to this example.

c. 1890-1900, maker unknown

Bobs, Acc. # 2003.20.7a, b

This pair of bobs was attached to the box of a farm wagon from which the wheels had been removed for use in the winter. A wagon on bobs could be used to carry goods to and from the market or for hauling heavier equipment and feed around a farm. Wagons on bobs were a familiar sight in downtown Canandaigua in the late 1800s.

c. 1865-1910, maker unknown