WEBSTER, N.Y. — The Webster Museum has reopened after an 18-month pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers are ready to welcome visitors in to share Webster's history that makes it the town and village it is today.
Tom Pellett was born and raised in Webster. He still lives here. He loves sharing Webster‘s history as president of the Webster Museum.
“I am one of the few around who can still remember some of the old shops on Main Street and how the village used to be in the old days,” Pellett said.
The museum is like a walk-through Webster's Main Street in the late 1800s-early 1900s. It’s a look at what life was like from family life at home to its agricultural roots. There’s even a schoolroom with slates and textbooks. It makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Most everything you see in the museum came directly from Webster residents.
“We put this together to give people an idea of how things might’ve been back then,” Pellett said. "Having grown up here I can remember where you went to specific stores to buy anything from your groceries and clothing. You name it, even a needle and thread. My mother didn't drive so we would walk up to the village and do all of the shopping."
Pellett is hoping to inspire some younger volunteers to continue to share Webster’s history at the museum.
If you’d like to take a tour, the Webster Museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The Barn Sale museum fundraiser is Sept. 16, 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 394 Phillips Rd., Webster. Proceeds support the Webster Museum and its mission to preserve history and share it with future generations.