Somers, a rural town in Westchester County surrounded by many lake communities, is well known for the Museum of the Early American Circus. The museum run by the Somers Historical Society, is situated on the third floor of the circa 1825 Elephant Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, located at 335 Route 202.
The Museum of the Early American Circus exhibits material related to both local
history and to the development of the early 19th century American circus. The collection consists of permanent and changing exhibits.
The museum is open to the public every Thursday, including Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, from 2pm – 4pm. For more information, please call 914-277-4977.
Muscoot Farm, an early 20th century interpretative farm museum, is located one and half miles south of the intersection between Route 35 and Route 100 in the town of Somers (at 51 Route 100 in Katonah).
The farm museum demonstrates a working dairy farm in 1880 and provides some of the history of Muscoot Farm. “Playtime and Farm Tools” is one of the many areas of interest. It illustrates the many toys and games played when the family had leisure time, which for farm families was usually on Sundays. “The Rhythm of the Day” demonstrates the daily chores that comprised a day at Muscoot Farm including hand milking at 6:30 am, before breakfast. Muscoot Farm also offers seven miles of diverse hiking trails.
On February 24 and March 3, 10, 16, and 17, families are invited for a small fee, to experience the process of making maple sugar, and then enjoy the final product during a pancake breakfast. For more information, please call 914-864-7282.