The Niagara History Center’s Col. William Bond-Jesse Hawley House, built circa 1823, will be open for two event weekends in advance of its 2014 season.
The fully furnished home will be open during a “History in Your Backyard,” program, 1 to 4 p.m., May 8-10, and during the “Path Through History” weekend, 1 to 4 p.m., June 7-8.
The 12-room home is listed on the National Register. It officially opens for the season June 14, during a second “Path Through History Weekend,” featuring its 2014 exhibit “Treasured Childhood Memories,” an exhibit of children’s fashions, playthings and memorabilia from 1860-1960. The house also will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. June 15.
Following these events, the exhibit’s regular days and hours will be 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Monday through Dec. 20, excluding Monday holidays. The exhibit also will be open Oct. 18, as part of the “Doors Open Niagara” weekend.
Donations are always accepted.
The Bond-Hawley House is Lockport’s oldest brick home. It was built by early Lockport community leader Col. William Bond and later owned by Erie Canal advocate Jesse Hawley, who influenced Gov. Dewitt Clinton to construct the Canal.
Docents guide visitors and offer information on the home’s history and the organization is always looking for volunteers. Anyone interested may call the History Center at 434-7433.
– Teresa Sharp