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Phelps General Store

132 Market St, Palmyra, NY 14522-1136
+1 315-597-6981
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Great History

Among the many historic tours in Palmyra this is a standout. The docent had a wonderful knowledge... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Rochester, New York
via mobile
Like a time capsule from 1940

Had a wonderful tour. Very attentive tour guide. Very interesting, lots to see, great stories... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Holly M
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The museum "where time stands still," has served the needs of Palmyrans and Erie "Canawlers" as a boarding house, tavern, bakery, and general store since its construction in 1826. Proprietor William Phelps completed renovations to the store by 1875, subsequently left untouched by his son Julius, who locked the doors in 1940, leaving a curious retail time capsule for you and your family to explore. Upstairs you'll visit the elegant Phelps' family home with post-Civil War furnishings and Victorian splendor, unspoiled by electricity or indoor plumbing, where Sibyl Phelps resided until her passing in 1976! The haunting presence of the Phelps' 108 year legacy remains to this day. Hours: May-Oct, Tues-Sat, 10:30-4:30 Nov-April, Tues-Thurs, 11:00-4:00
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132 Market St, Palmyra, NY 14522-1136
+1 315-597-6981
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Among the many historic tours in Palmyra this is a standout. The docent had a wonderful knowledge of the historic site and of the people who once lived there.

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Had a wonderful tour. Very attentive tour guide. Very interesting, lots to see, great stories, supposedly haunted....

Thank Holly M
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We were traveling the canal and stayed one night in Palmyra. Instead of hurrying off in the morning we decided to take in the few museums Palmyra has. I bought our tickets online. They were ten bucks a piece for all the museums, which also...More

Thank Thedevelopingimage
Reviewed 28 June 2017

The Phelps General Store is my favorite museum in Palmyra! It's hard to believe that everything was just left there. It has a fascinating history, from a canal-era boarding house to a general store and home. After spending some time there, you feel like you're...More

Thank Kristy A
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Palmyra is a neat little town. I highly recommend dropping by the historical society to get tours of the various museums. This general store was amazing - time just stopped here. Almost everything is left as it was 70 years ago, including eggs! My husband...More

Thank MabelMcGillicutty
Reviewed 17 August 2015

I like the fact that the Phelps general store had mostly everything that will be important for our needs. the have stuff from ice cream to medicine.

Thank Dulia O
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Well preserved and full of fascinating facts & information. Great for all ages.A fun way to go back in history.

Thank Linda P
Reviewed 9 July 2015

Really kool to see , lots of timely things to see. Missionaries tell great stories of times past. Lots to see if your into the past

Thank Tracyannhadley
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Go back in time to see a store that was closed one day and never reopened and has sat with the inventory still on the shelf for most of a century. This is not to be missed when visiting Palmyra. Palmyra has a very interesting...More

Thank pearce71592
Reviewed 18 May 2014

I highly recommend going here.....it is an outstanding step back in history. Our team (G.H.O.S.T.) actually did an investigation there last night..and Bonnie gave us the historical tour first...amazing!!! Loved it so much,we will go back many times in the future, we'll take the grandbabies...More

Thank DHoffman
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