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A historical sign was erected in September 2018 to remember the Howland School. The school was established in 1863 and maintained during the first two years by the individual enterprise of R.B. Howland, who bought of Slocum Howland, for $6,000, the Philip Winegar homestead on the corner of Park and Cayuga Street. That summer he built the east wing and a wooden addition on the south end which was used as a gymnasium and public hall. A 4-story brick addition was built in 1872 allowing accommodation of 50 boarders. The boarding school opened in 1873. In 1875, the school was taken in charge by trustees of the school fund of $50,000 left by George Howland, father of R.B. Howland of New Bedford, MA. The school was supported by the school fund and tuition and operated until 1880.


The school was confined exclusively to ladies. It was first conducted under the name of "Young Ladies Institute", which was changed to Howland School when it came under the management of the trustees and the Howland school fund. The school had full collegiate courses, mathematics, the classics and the languages. It attained a high degree of excellence and enjoys a good reputation for thorough work; but it languished for want of proper support and patronage.


A photo of the historical sign can be seen on the website under Photo Gallery.


Information for this article was taken from History of Cayuga County, NY 1789-1879 by Elliot G. Storke. The Frontenac Museum has a copy of this book which is available to review on site by appointment.



The Chicken BBQ was a success, thanks to you! 150 halves or dinners were sold in about 2 hours. The museum thanks the customers and the Lion's Club. The Lion's Club sponsors the BBQ's for community organizations throughout the summer.

The Frontenac Museum Board has been closely following the requirements for re-opening while also evaluating our readiness and ability to open within those requirements. Given these requisites and our focus on the safety of our members, volunteers and visitors, we have decided to defer opening and programming until next year. This will give us the time necessary to properly clean our facility, re-install exhibits in two renovated rooms and to assure that we have the proper safety supplies and procedures in place to insure your protection. We believe this decision to be in the best interest of our community, members and the museum.


Our volunteer genealogist will remain available to answer any inquiries via email at frontenac178@gmail.com or by phone at 315-889-7273 or 315-889-5875. We look forward to seeing you in 2021 with new exhibits and exciting programming. Thank you for your understanding and support.


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