Story of Amherst

This memorial piece was donated to the museum to commemorate the Anniversary of September 11, 2001. Depicting a portion of glass and rock from each of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, this piece serves as a way to remember the events of that tragic day. Additionally, it reminds us of the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives that day, the families of the deceased, and the men and women who helped in the recovery and aftermath of 9/11. Story portrayal Special thanks is given to those who sponsored this commemorative 9/11 memorial piece and who donated their money, time and efforts towards its display at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village.

From Forest to Front Lawn: The Story of Amherst, an American Suburb

From Forest to Front Lawn: The Story of Amherst, an American Suburb. This permanent, 2,500 square-foot exhibit in the Village’s main exhibition area explores the history of Amherst, NY, from 1800 to the present. Interactive activities highlight the transformation of this town from a thickly forested area, to an agricultural town, to the active suburb it is today. As you browse the exhibit, you’ll see artifacts, letters, journals and images from the earliest days of Amherst, including material from the War of 1812 and Civil War.

You can explore a recreated façade of the Centre House tavern which stood on Forest Road in Getzville from 1900 until the 1990s. The middle of the 20th century is highlighted with a 1950s Nash Metropolitan Convertible and the recreation of a portion of Jimmy’s Diner.

Life on the Erie CanalLife on the Erie Canal

Proposed in 1808 and completed in 1825, the Erie Canal links the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east, stretching from Buffalo to Albany. The canal significantly reduced shipping costs and goods and people were transported more quickly via the canal. This exhibit celebrates the engineering marvel that some once called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Story image Fun, hands-on activities, a replica canal packet boat, a miniature street of 19th century shops, and a working model of a canal lock show visitors how goods and people were transported along the route. Teacher toolkits and resources are available. Simply email our Education Department.