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Explore Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum

February 23rd, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Granger Homestead and Carriage MuseumStep back in time with a visit to Canandaigua’s Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum! This 1816 Federal-style home museum features over 100 horse-drawn vehicles and offers both house and carriage tours. The 19th century Law Office is also the location of a number of events throughout the year.

The Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum is an 1816 Federal-style mansion located in Canandaigua, NY. The historic home and grounds were home to Gideon Granger, Postmaster General of the United States under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. In fact, he also holds the record for his 13 years as Postmaster General. Granger (1767 – 1822) was also a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives.

The property remained in the Granger family from the early 1800’s to the 1940’s. In 1946, when the homestead’s future seemed uncertain, the Granger Homestead Society was formed. The Granger Homestead Society saved the property from destruction, preserving and restoring it to its original state for use as house museum. The property includes a mansion, Victorian garden, law office, two carriage barns, and a number of agricultural barns.

The 13,000 square foot home is a three-story, Federal-style, wood frame building, common in America at the time. Despite this fact, few examples remain as intact as the Granger Homestead. The building’s architect remains unknown, though there is speculation that Thomas Jefferson may have had a hand in its design.

Another interesting building on the grounds is the 1822 Walter Hubbell Law Office. Walter Hubbell came to practice law in Canadaigua in 1819 and his office was once located on the west side of Main Street. His office, which dates from 1822, is fairly typical of law offices of the time, with land surveying equipment, maps, and antique law books.

The carriage barns form the Carriage Museum part of the property. 100+ antique, horse-drawn carriages are collected here for your perusal. The museum contains carriages beyond just the basic kind you may be picturing. There are carriages here that served as fire trucks, hearses, delivery, and more. Fascinating.

Visitors to the homestead will enjoy tours of the grounds by trained docents. Tours can be tailored to your specific interests and take approximately two hours. Both the mansion and carriage barns are handicapped accessible.

The Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum also includes a gift shop. Numerous special events are held here throughout the year, including Derby Day, Arts in the Gardens, the Festival of Trees, and the Christkindl Market.

Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum

Open May – October for guided tours 1-5 pm. Closed Mondays.
295 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424
Learn more at or visit Granger Homestead on Facebook.

Granger Homestead Lodging
Sutherland House is a romantic, Victorian, Finger Lakes B&B that is just minutes from the Granger Homestead and so much more. Come take a load off in one of our five comfortable guest rooms and suites, Our delicious, three-course gourmet breakfasts will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed. So go ahead, book your stay at Sutherland House Victorian Bed and Breakfast today!

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