William Phelps General Store

Address 140 Market Street
Palmyra, NY 14522
Phone (315) 597-6981
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Themes Innovation & Commerce, Canals & Transportation
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The museum "where time stands still," has served the needs of Palmyrans and Erie "Canawlers" as a boarding house, tavern, bakery, and general store since its construction in 1826. Proprietor William Phelps completed renovations to the store by 1875, subsequently left untouched by his son Julius, who locked the doors in 1940, leaving a curious retail time capsule for you and your family to explore. Upstairs you’ll visit the elegant Phelps’ family home with post-Civil War furnishings and Victorian splendor, unspoiled by electricity or indoor plumbing, where Sibyl Phelps resided until her passing in 1976! The haunting presence of the Phelps’ 108 year legacy remains to this day. The Phelps General Store and Residence is one of five museums in the Historic Palmyra Museum Complex. Visit Historic Palmyra for a guided tour of this museum or of all five museums.


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