Battles Museums of Rural Life
Open by appointment
This historical site consists of fifty acres of farmland, eighty acres of woods and hiking trails, and two historic houses: the R. S. Battles Farmhouse and the Charlotte Elizabeth Battles Memorial Museum. The complex seeks to interpret the past 180 years of agricultural life in Erie County.
Interpretive exhibits are integrated into the house museums and change throughout the year. Exhibit themes have included artwork by Charlotte Elizabeth Battles, family correspondence and 19th century crafts. Staff and volunteer educators can lead you through the houses, highlighting the exhibits, buildings, formal gardens and the Battles family.
Special events and workshops are presented on the premises of the R. S. Battles Farmhouse throughout the year. Visitors can learn how to churn butter, bake bread, weave or spin yarn, quilt, weave baskets, press flowers, help out with the laundry and countless other farm chores or games.
Visitors may explore the property by trail. Walking paths meander through the complex’s woodland, and are a great way for museum guests to enjoy the scenery.
Click here for a complete history of the Battles Museums of Rural Life.