New Exhibits at GHS

Marking the upcoming one hundredth anniversary of the Eighteenth Amendment (which went into effect on January 17, 1920), the Greece Historical Society has opened a new exhibit entitled Rumrunners, Speakeasies, and Bathtub Gin.

Discover what Greece residents thought about the law, learn about the infamous Staud brothers, and learn about the glorious/dreadful Roaring ‘20s. Late-night smuggling on Lake Ontario, stills and moonshine, “the highway to hell”—these were all part of the Prohibition era in Greece.

Our exhibit on blacksmithing, which includes tools loaned to us by Don Newcomb, tells the story of the vital role that a blacksmith played in the life of Greece residents.

Two exhibits detail the contributions of individuals to the development of Greece.

George Ruggles was a successful 19th-century entrepreneur who undertook a variety of careers during his life in the Charlotte areas. He is particularly noted for receiving patents for his invention of the rotary snow plow and a racing canoe, and serving as President of the Village of Charlotte.

Terry Burns helped to build the Erie Canal and then bought land in Greece in 1827. Our expansive exhibit features the Burns, Kirk, Veeder, and Newcomb families and their eight generations of contributions to the town.