Built for late 19th century inventor & industrialist Chester F. Wickwire, we invite you to explore the 1890 House Museum. Creating countless patents, distributing mass quantities of woven wire goods throughout the United States and the world, Chester Wickwire also served as a philanthropist to his community and create this remarkable home.

Once lived in by two generations of the Wickwire family, this landmark building obtained its NYS Charter to serve as a historic house museum in 1984. Our staff and dedicated house guides are ready to transport you back in time to Cortland’s Gilded and Progressive Eras of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and into the Roaring 20s. Explore 37 Tompkins Street and its large collection of original house objects, art, furniture, photographs, textiles, and much more.

Opening Hours

Thursdays to Saturdays 11am - 5pm

Sundays 11am - 3pm


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Give us a call during our hours of operation at 607 756 7551 or email us directly at

37 Tompkins Street

Cortland, NY 13045

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