ENJOYING THE MUSIC — A crowd gathered at the Concord Mercantile, during one of the live music concerts held outside, this summer.
CONCORD — On Sept. 3, the 10,000th visitor signed the guestbook at the Concord Historical Society Mercantile. The 1890s-era general store opened for the Concord Country Christmas in December 2010 and has been open on a regular schedule, ever since.
The mercantile is one of three major buildings in the Historical Society complex, which is located at the corner of East Main and Franklin streets in Springville.
The year-round schedule at the mercantile includes free live music by 15-25 musicians, every Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 7-9 p.m. During the summer months, the musicians play on the side porch and, as the weather cools, they gather around the pot belly stove.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the general store is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for tours and visits to the gift shop or the audio visual display of old photos of the Springville area. Additionally, craft classes and demonstrations are held on a regular basis.
Springville-Griffith alumni classes from 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1968 have scheduled tours of the complex, during their recent reunions. On Sept. 21 and Oct. 15, Niagara Scenic Know How Tours will be bringing tour busses to the museum, carriage house and mercantile, for guided tours.
The Pop Warner Historic Museum has had several hundred visitors, since it re-opened in April 2013 with completely new displays in the six first-floor rooms. The fourth and remaining building operated by the Concord Historical Society is the Lucy Bensley Center for Genealogy Research, which has been closed since April for extensive renovation. The society expects to re-open this facility to the public in October.
Visitors have come from almost all 50 states and from several European countries, as well as Australia and Guam. Private tours for groups and organizations can be scheduled by calling the mercantile at 592-5546.