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A Walk Through Erie County Historical Sites

Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Forest Lawn Heritage Cemetery

Buffalo City Hall

McKinley Monument

McKinley Marker

Erie County Hall

Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum

Grover Cleveland House

Frances Cleveland Birth Home

Karpeles Museum

Buffalo Central Terminal

Albright Knox Art Gallery

Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Kleinhan’s Music Hall

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex

Broadway Market

St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr R.C. Church

Erie Canal Harbor at Canal Side

Lt. Col. Matt Urban Memorial

Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

Buffalo Fire Department’s Historic Fireboat

Michigan Street Baptist Church

Cofeld Judaic Museum of Temple Beth Zion

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate

River Lea

Roycroft Campus

Aurora Historical Museum

Millard Fillmore House

Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum

Amherst Museum

Old Fort Erie

Clarence Historical Museum

Western New York Railway Historical Society

Steel Plant Museum of Western New York

Hull House

Benjamin Long Homestead

Pop Warner Museum

Cheektowaga Historical Museum

Rich-Twinn Octagon House

Discovering Niagara County Historical Sites

Old Fort Niagara

Niagara County Historical Society

Kenan Center

Historic Palace Theater

Belva Lockwood Homestead

Herschell Carrousel Museum

Riviera Theater

Railroad Museum of the Niagara Frontier

Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse

Olcott Beach Carousel Park

Sanborn Area Farm Museum

Sanborn Area Schoolhouse Museum

Murphy Orchards

Daus Haus German Heritage Museum

Niagara Falls Wax Museum of History

Daredevil Museum of Niagara Falls

Sites in the Southern Tier

The Robert H. Jackson Center

A Tour of Genesee County Historical Sites

Genesee Country Village and Museum

Holland Land Office Museum

Jell-O Gallery

Historic Leroy House

Western New York Gas and Steam Engine Association

Stafford Museum of History

Discovering Orleans County Historical Sites

Cobblestone Museum

Courthouse Square Historic District

Frances Cleveland House

Medina Railroad Museum

Bent's Opera House

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Roosevelt Inaugural Historic SitePhoto Courtesy of the T.R. Site

Founded in 1862, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society is housed in the Pan-American Building. The Pan-American Building, originally called the New York State Building, was opened on July 1, 1901 and served to welcome many distinguished guests of the Pan-American Festival, which brought eight million people to Buffalo from May to November of 1901. Today, the Historical Society still welcomes guests to our city. It hosts a wide range of exhibits and has an extensive collection of historical artifacts, including War of 1812 uniforms, Grover Cleveland’s wedding cake box, and the revolver used to kill President William McKinley.  Interestingly, former President Millard Fillmore was one of the founders.

The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society is located at 25 Nottingham Court, Buffalo, NY 14216-3199 and its museum can be contacted at (716) 873-9644. Visit their website at

On September 6, 1901, President William McKinley was shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, while greeting visitors of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was urgently summoned to Buffalo. He arrived on September 7, and stayed a few days until the president’s conditions improved. However, the improvements were short-lived and soon Roosevelt was summoned back to Buffalo. On September 14, the president died. Roosevelt was taken to the Wilcox home on Delaware Avenue, which belonged to the wealthy Wilcox family, to be inaugurated. Today, the Wilcox home has been restored and welcomes visitors from all across the country. At the home, visitors will find historically restored rooms and interactive exhibits that highlight the drama of the inauguration and the issues America faced at the turn of the century.

The site is located at 641 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202 and can be contacted at (716) 884-0095. Visit their website at