The Niagara History Center's historic (circa 1823) Col. William Bond-Jesse Hawley House will be open Sundays in September and October, beginning Sept. 4, featuring the 2016 exhibit "Did You Know?". The exhibit asks and answers this question featuring tidbits of historical information on objects, manners and lifestyles of the past.
For example, did you know why hard-boiled eggs are associated with Easter? Where a blanket chest would likely be located in a home? Why baby conveyances were called "baby buggies" and "baby carriages"? The most common wedding dress colors prior to Queen Victoria's white gown?
The National Register historic house/museum, at 143 Ontario St., is Lockport's oldest brick home and includes 12 fully furnished rooms. "Did You Know?" exhibits are presented from 1-3:30 p.m. in every room of the house.
The Bond-Hawley House was built by early Lockport community leader Col. William Bond and later owned by Erie Canal advocate Jesse Hawley, who influenced Gov. Dewitt Clinton to construct the canal.
Docents will be on hand to guide visitors and offer information on the house and exhibit. Donations are accepted. Call the History Center at 716-434-7433 for more information.
The History Center of Niagara is owned and operated by the Niagara County Historical Society, and includes the five-building museum complex, the Erie Canal Discovery Center and Bond-Hawley House.