Hancock House Museum
Welcome to the Hancock House, home of the Ticonderoga Historical Society. The house was a gift to the New York State Historical Association from native son and philanthropist Horace Moses. He built the house as a repository for the purpose of perpetuating "American Traditions in History and the Fine Arts". This imposing Georgian mansion is a replica of Thomas Hancock's (Uncle to John Hancock) Beacon Hill residence built between 1737 and 1741, and demolished in 1863.
Horace Augustus Moses learned the paper industry from the ground up, eventually building and purchasing mills which he consolidated into the Strathmore Paper Company. Never forgetting his rural beginnings, he began to make considerable donations to many Ticonderoga charitable and educational enterprises, including Valley View Cemetery Chapel, Liberty Monument, Moses-Ludington Hospital, the Community Building, and the Hancock House. In building the Hancock House he achieved one of his earliest lifetime ambitions to establish a museum with a library that would make Ticonderoga a focal point for public interest in the region's fascinating and nationally significant history.
The Hancock House Museum and Research Library was dedicated in 1926. The Ticonderoga Historical Society today manages this elegant structure as a regional museum and reference library. There are interesting and exciting exhibits on all four floors of the Hancock House. The modern library houses a large collection of regional material on civic, social and economic elements and also has one of the largest collections of genealogical resource materials in the region.
The Society fulfills its fine arts mandate by promoting the visual arts through its Harmon Gallery where regional artists showcase their talents with exhibitions in all mediums.
Be sure to stop in to the newly designed Post Office Gift Shop. Exhibiting the turn-of-the-century Moriah, Mineville and Streetroad Post Office furniture, the gift shop has an excellent selection of regional publications, Staffordshire China and many unique gifts that will remind visitors of their memorable visit to Ticonderoga and the Hancock House.
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