While you are out and about doing a little "daytripping" this summer, stop in to the county historical society center where ever you are to learn the real story of each place.  Every county has a historical society, they are all open to the public with tours an exhibits, and you never know what you will find when you get there.

Here is a list of 11 random historical societies found around Upstate New York (other counties will be represented in the future).  We encourage you to stop in and explore.

What will you find?

Well, as the list tells you, the array of items is crazy.  You will see President Theodore Roosevelt's personal cigar humidor which is made out of a real rhinoceros' foot.  You will see a military jacket worn by an Upstate man who was at Ford Theatre the night Lincoln was shot.  The man helped carry Lincoln from the theatre and still has the president's blood on the jacket.  You will see a grand "Gone With the Wind" sweeping spiral staircase which has no support beams under it.  You will be in a house that Solomon Northrup once lived in.  He was the man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South and whose story was told in the film "12 Years a Slave."  And you will see a historical society building that was attacked by the British in the Revolutionary War and still carries a cannon ball hole on their exterior wall.

Have your attention yet?

All of these have great stories and we hope you will visit them when you are on an Upstate road trip.

You Will Uncover Amazing New York State Trivia at These 11 History Centers

Each of New York's 62 counties has a historical society. These places are the "keeper of the stories" for each of the counties. They have thousands and thousands of historical artifacts within their walls, and they also host a lively schedule of presentations and exhibits. It is always fun to stop into a historical society when you are daytripping around New York. and believe me, they will be happy to see you!. Here are a 11 great historical centers found in Upstate New York. Check it out!

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