The Pullmans in the Thousand Islands
Parts of this exhibit, displayed 2013-14, are now part of the Museum’s regular collection.
The Pullman family were among the first of the summer residents in the Thousand Islands region of upstate New York, acquiring Sweet Island (now Pullman Island) for $40 in 1864.
George Pullman is most famous for his Pullman Palace Cars – railroad sleeper cars that brought a high level of luxury to travel by rail.
Publicity surrounding visits to Pullman Island by U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and other Civil War heroes were a driving force in popularizing the Thousand Islands among the wealthy.
Castle Rest, built by George Pullman in 1888, was the first of many elaborate summer homes that showed off the wealth of their owners. Pullman would stay at Castle Rest every summer until his death in 1897.
This exhibit was inspired by the donation of a large number of photographs of Castle Rest and Pullman Island by George Pullman’s great-grandson.
The War of 1812: The Battle of Cranberry Creek
Parts of this special exhibit are now displayed in the stairway of the Cornwall Brothers Store Museum.
On July 20, 1813, a small crew of American privateers successfully repelled a much larger British force attempting to recapture supplies and vessels captured by the Americans on the strategically important St. Lawrence River. This minor two-hour skirmish resulted in seven dead. Two hundred years later, we commemorate this event with an exhibit that reconstructs the battle through period maps and artifacts collected from the battleground.
The Cornwall Brothers Store
Through period photographs and small artifacts, the history of the Cornwall Brothers Store and life in a bustling riverside community is portrayed.
Shotguns and Speedboats: The Machine Shops of the Upper Bay will be in its second year and enhanced with newly discovered records and artifacts from Fitzgerald and Lee, local boat builders and leading sales representatives of Garwood boats.
Race Around the Streets will be the new exhibit for 2015
Adventure Town artifacts and photographs are featured on the second floor along with the Wells Collection of Thousand Islands Memorabilia and numerous displays of duck decoys and the history of boats, hotels and everyday life in the St. Lawrence River Communities.