Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The History Club's Trip to Mumford (by Harrison Leone)
The club journeyed to the sprawling living history museum just outside of Rochester for this semester’s trip, having gone to the Teddy Roosevelt National Historic Site last fall and to the World War 2 museum in Eldred in the spring. While both of those trips were fun and informative, the Genesee Country Village gave us the opportunity to step inside the lives of 19th century villagers and settlers.
History came alive as we made our way through the Village’s three different eras: the Pioneer days, Antebellum New York and the Turn of the Century Village. Each had its own distinct charm, whether it was the hard-scrabble self-reliance of boiling and dying your own thread with the Pioneers, perusing a 1830s general store or the gaiety of gloveless baseball games.
The Hall of Wonders was one of the many memorable stops on our way through the Antebellum section of the Village. Our mustachioed tour guide gave us rousing descriptions of “authentic artifacts” collected for the villager’s amusement, such as Little Red Riding Hood’s little red riding hood, a piece of dragon skin, and of course, a cast of the Devil’s hoof-print. I must say, in the vernacular of the day, I was slightly dubious of the veracity of these items.
Even for those without an interest in the past, the Genesee Country Village would be a delightful way to spend an early fall Saturday. For the budding scholars of the history club, consider it nirvana. We got to indulge in so many fascinating parts of the past while gaining an appreciation for what an alien place the world of only 150 years ago truly was. Most importantly, we left in agreement that “horse treadmill” would have made a great band name.