Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House

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

2014 SEASON  June 14- Late Fall.  Hours: Saturday & Monday, 1-4 pm. Closed Monday holidays. (Staffed by volunteers – Call 434-7433 to confirm hours.)

The Bond-Hawley House is featuring its 2014 exhibit “Treasured Childhood Memories,” an exhibit of children’s fashions, playthings, furniture, advertising and other memorabilia from 1860-1960.

Each of the Bond House’s 12 rooms presents one decade’s childhood treasures that would bring a lifetime of memories.

The History Center will raffle Bond House tablescapes, which are one-of-a-kind place and table settings also on exhibit,  as a benefit for the c.1823 home.

Stop by to see “Treasured Childhood Memories,” choose your favorite tablescapes, and enter a separate drawing for each one you’d like to win. Purchase tickets at the Bond House, History Center or Discovery Center for $5 each or 3 for $12. The drawings will be held in late December, after the house closes for the season.

The 10 tablescapes are: Tea for Two, Dessert Anyone?, Ice Cream Parlor Set, Tea Time, A Spot of Coffee; holiday theme creations Christmas Dinner, Holiday Luncheon, Christmas Morning for Two; and children’s theme tablescapes Colorful Kiddy Tea Party, Teddy Bear Tea.

All tablescapes were created and donated by History Center volunteer Becky Pittler, who co-curates Bond House exhibits with her mother, Gloria Pittler. Tablescapes include varied combinations of dishes, cups, glassware, linens, candleholders, table decorations and centerpieces. Some of the tablescapes feature vintage tableware.

The Bond House and exhibit are open Saturdays and Mondays from 1-4 p.m. Donations are accepted.

The Bond 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 is furnished primarily in the 1820′s Empire period. Since this house is completely and fully furnished, special arrangements must be made if your class wishes to tour this home.

Bond House docents guide visitors and offer information on the home’s history. The Bond House’s long and busy season requires many volunteer docents to welcome and assist our guests. If you can help, please call the History Center at 434-7433.


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