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.

The History Center’s c. 1823 Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House is open Sundays through October with the exhibit “Did You Know?” Hours are 1:00-3:30 pm.

Wedding dresses now and then (44)

Which wedding dress colors were popular before white?

The exhibit asks and answers this question featuring tidbits of historical information on objects, manners and lifestyles of the past.

For example, did you know…
Why hard-boiled eggs are associated with Easter? Where a blanket chest would likely be located in a home? Why baby conveyances were called “baby buggies” and “baby carriages”? The most common wedding dress colors prior to Queen Victoria’s white gown?

Docents are on hand each Sunday to guide visitors and offer information on the house and exhibit. Donations are welcome.

For information or to volunteer as a docent, please call the History Center at 434-7433.








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