March 2021 Update
The museum will be open to visitors who wish to use our research library by appointment only. To request an appointment, visit the Contact Us page.

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Lancaster, NY Historical Society

The Lancaster Historical Society and Museum is located on Clark Street in downtown Lancaster, New York. The museum is normally open on Sundays from 2-4 PM, but is currently closed until further notice. Once we open our doors again, we hope you will stop by.

The museum offers visitors a look back at the history of Lancaster and it’s valued importance in shaping the Town as it is known today. The Society has also played an important role in preserving some of the historic structures in the Town. 

The Village of Lancaster Historic District has one of the richest concentrations of buildings, commercial and residential, of significant architectural value in Erie County, New York. To preserve this rich diversity, application was made to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to be recognized as a historic district. The village of Lancaster Historic District was thus sanctioned.

Historic preservation is a powerful economic generator. The increase in the tax base and creation of new jobs in preservation districts are real and significant benefits of preservation activity.

Historic preservation builds community pride and preserves values. Preservation activity results in the intangible benefit of linking the preservation of buildings with the preservation of community values. Pride is strengthened.

Historic preservation becomes part of community planning. Historic preservation can work with local government to strengthen a commercial core while retaining a community identity.

The Lancaster Historical Society has no relationship with the Village of Lancaster Historic Preservation Commission.

If you have questions regarding planned alterations to your home or business within the Historic Districts of the Village please contact the Lancaster Village Clerk at 716-683-2105 or the Town of Lancaster Building Department at 716-684-4171

Help Us…

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our programs and events.