Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House

143 Ontario Street, one block from Niagara Street ~ Lockport, NY

The Col. William Bond-Jesse Hawley House is a National Register Home built in 1824 by Col. William Bond; it was the first brick home in Lockport. The house was then owned by Erie Canal advocate Jesse Hawley and occupied over the years by various owners.

The home came into the possession of the Chase family in 1887 and remained in that family until 1968. The Chase family were relatives of Salmon P. Chase, Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of the Treasury and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The house has 12 rooms and is furnished primarily in the 1820′s Empire period.

Group tours can be scheduled by appointment by calling the History Center at (716) 434-7433. Since this house is completely and fully furnished, special arrangements must be made if your school class wishes to tour.

 

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The History Center’s Bond-Hawley House is now open with the 2017 coverlet exhibit
“We Have You Covered”

Discover the craft and symbolism of 19th century bed coverlets, Sunday, June 25, as the Niagara History Center opens the 2017 exhibit, We Have You Covered, at the Bond-Hawley House. The exhibit debuts from 1-4 p.m. and will be open those hours every Sunday and Monday through fall.

Bed coverlets were a staple of everyday use in most homes from the colonial era until the late 1800s and generally homemade on a loom. They were made of dyed wool, most often a dark indigo blue and woven on a linen or cotton cord.

Coverlets very often tell a story. Most homemakers wove their own, sometimes borrowing a loom if they didn’t have one.  Many contained an inscription woven directly into the coverlet design, usually in a corner block. Inscriptions carried the weaver’s name, location of the loom, and year of weaving. Coverlet designs ranged from simple geometric patterns to more elaborate motifs of shells, flowers, eagles and other images. All coverlets had a pattern and some were enhanced with decorative fringe.

The coverlets in the exhibit were made by Niagara County residents and are from the History Center collection. The coverlet exhibit will be shown throughout the Bond-Hawley house. Docents will be on hand during exhibit hours to answer questions about We Have You Covered and the house.

We Have You Covered is co-curated by Becky and Gloria Pittler, volunteers who create the Bond-Hawley House’s seasonal and Christmas exhibits every year.

Admission donations are accepted. Please call the Niagara History Center at (716) 434-7433 for additional information about the exhibit or to volunteer as a docent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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