Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House
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 will open Sunday, June 25, with the 2017 coverlet exhibit
“We Have You Covered.”
The exhibit, open from 1-4 p.m., will present many examples of bed coverlets from the History Center’s collection, dating from approximately the 1840s-1930s. Coverlets were a staple of everyday use in most homes and were especially popular before the Civil War.
Our National Register historic house/museum at 143 Ontario St. is Lockport’s oldest brick home and includes 12 fully furnished rooms. The coverlet exhibit will be shown throughout the house. The coverlets were all made by Niagara County residents. The exhibit will offer details on each coverlet, including the traditional symbolism expressed in the handiwork. Techniques and patterns used can “speak” to us from the past, and give us clues to the maker and recipient of the work.
Once again this exhibit will be co-curated by volunteers Becky and Gloria Pittler.
Docents will be on hand to guide visitors and offer information on the house and exhibit. Donations are accepted.
The Bond-Hawley House will be open until December on days and hours to be announced. For more information or to volunteer as a docent, please call the History Center at 434-7433.