Generally, the most unique cities and towns are the ones that manage to preserve their heritage and their cultural identities. In WNY, we try to pride ourselves on retaining our historic architectural stock, which, unfortunately, is a never ending battle against negligent building owners and natural elements.
If we are to become the all-encompassing cultural region that we are striving to achieve, then we must reevaluate our stances on preserving our heritage – not just buildings, but other culturally-significant practices and amenities as well, including art, history, and agricultural.
On Saturday, August 7 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (BNHV), in partnership with Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Town of Amherst Historic Preservation Commission, will host the inaugural “Preservation Day!”
The event, which takes place in a rural “living museum,” is not just about preserving buildings, it’s about teaching new generations about the artisan trades that helped to build this great nation, including artisanal cooking, blacksmithing (there’s a working forge)… there are even weavers and woodwrights. Just take a look at the video below to see the various components of the event.
This inaugural event will feature:
- Tour the Historic Village to learn more about conservation and preservation
- Pavilion will feature fun family and kids’ activities to learn about architecture
- Explore the Village on an engaging scavenger hunt
- Resident artisans and historic interpreters will be stationed throughout the Village to share the unique history of the historic structures
- Have a question about architecture? There will be opportunities to “Ask An Architect” in the Historic Village
Sue Palmer, Co-Chair of the Amherst Historic Preservation Commission, says, “At Preservation Day!, visitors will learn all about historic preservation by exploring BNHV’s Historic Village, enjoying family crafts and a scavenger hunt, and talking with representatives from Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the Amherst Historic Preservation Commission, and other Preservation Commissions and Historic Sites from throughout the Buffalo Niagara region.”
This is a chance to step back in time, when life was much simpler. Where hard-working people built their communities, using their bare hands and the simplest of tools, and taught the younger generations the trades in the process.
BNHV Executive director Carrie Stiver adds, “There will be so much to do on this free day of fun! In addition to learning about preservation, visitors will also be able to see demonstrations of historic artisan skills such as blacksmithing, fiber arts, and historic cooking in BNHV’s Community Artisan Village, visit BNHV’s farm animals, and enjoy treats from local food trucks (cash only).”
This event (sponsored by a Certified Local Government grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation) is free to attend, however timed-entry tickets are highly encouraged. Tickets can be reserved online here. BNHV is dedicated to providing a safe experience for visitors, volunteers, and staff. Visit here to learn how BNHV will accommodate new state and local health and safety regulations developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note: pets, including but not limited to dogs, are not permitted. Service animals are permitted.
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village | 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road | Amherst, NY 14228
Get connected: BNHV is also home to a beekeepers guild, a heritage brewers guild, a lace guild, a musicians guild, a quilt guild, a Victorian Dance Society, a weavers guild, and a woodwrights guild. Please click here to join a guild and begin engaging in the preservation of 19th century craft and heritage knowledge.
Lead image: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Constructed: c. 1854
Original location: Transit Road near Muegel Road.
Year Moved to BNHV: 1983
Brief History: This building was built in 1854 by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. As the congregation grew in the 1960s, a larger church space became necessary and was built farther down on Transit Road, replacing the smaller original that subsequently came to rest in the Historic Village. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church provides perspective on the 19th century religious and community life of rural people.
Architectural Details: Original stained glass windows and steeple.
More buildings to follow in another post…