The museum began operating in 1971. The museum building, a former church, was built in 1890 and underwent several additions and extensive restorations and was deeded to the town of Bolton in 1967 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. The museum features a wonderful collection of early photographs, memorabilia and artifacts. The museum is packed full with exhibits on the early history, people, hotels, boats and steamboats, early home furnishings, camping, tools, ice harvesting and more. Many of the historic photographs were taken by Seneca Ray Stoddard and Fred Thatcher. A Smith-Granger rowboat, which was built in Bolton around 1900, has been recently donated to the museum, and John Apperson’s famous Morris canoe has been loaned to the museum for a long term display. The museum also has a steel sculpture on display by famed local artist David B. Smith.
Open July 4 thru Labor Day daily 9AM-2PM and evenings Monday through Saturday 7-9PM. Fall hours: weekends 9AM-2PM. Donations greatly accepted.