The Adams County House of History: A Step Back in Time
The House of History is working to renovate the facility and to add on storage capacity for its many varied artifacts and displays.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Adams County House of History has been open to the public since 1969 when it was purchased to become a museum. Built in 1877, the building originally served as the county jail and the sheriff’s quarters. In 1955, it became home to private residences until sold in 1969.
The House of History has a variety of items and artifacts such as a sea trunk which navigated to the New World on the Mayflower; military artifacts dating back to the Spanish-American War; an old barber shop and medical items; the only jail cell remaining from the building’s earlier use; and much more!
The House of History continues to work to stay open, but a lack of funding to keep the facility in good shape and an inability to house new items that are being donated has made it hard to stay open for the community. With adequate funding, the facility could be updated to modern standards like energy efficient windows while still keeping the facade historically accurate. Plus, a storage facility could be bought or built upon the property so that excess items could be stored and exhibits could be rotated frequently for different shows. As an essential component of Adams County History and the Corning Main Street District, it will be a key component in revitalization of the downtown area.
You can help by voting and getting others to vote. Go to the following website to help the Adams County House of History receive $25,000 in grant money!
Thank you for all of your support!