Col. William Bond/Jesse Hawley House

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

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.

This year the Bond House is open on selected dates, to be announced,  during the season of June-October, featuring two major exhibits.

The Bond/Hawley House will be open next on Saturday, August 29, 1-4 pm, presenting the  new fashion accessory exhibit “From Head to Toe.” Recognizing Lockport’s 150th anniversary, the exhibit covers 150 years (1865-2015) of hats, parasols, fans, shawls, gloves, bags/purses, stockings and footwear.

Accessory fashions changed greatly over this 150-year period. What began as functional necessities became fashion accoutrements used to enhance outfits. The exhibit showcases fashion trends from the sturdy to the stylish, and is co-curated by Becky and Gloria Pittler

Docents will be on hand to guide visitors and offer information on the house and exhibit. Donations are welcome!

Other Bond-Hawley open house dates will be announced as they are scheduled.


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