Who we are

​MISSION AND HISTORY

The Finger Lakes Boating Museum exists for the education and preservation of the boating activities and boat building heritage of the Finger Lakes.

In 1996 a small group of dedicated antique boating enthusiasts, motivated in part by a common concern over the rapidly dwindling population of locally-built wooden boats, committed to establishing a museum that would preserve the boating heritage of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. The museum founders, all active in the "antique boat world," felt that a museum focusing on the impact that recreational and commercial boating had on the development of the lakes and tourism in the Finger Lakes Region would increase appreciation and awareness as well as help preserve these vintage craft. 

 

The Museum Collection has now grown to more than 200 boats built by many of the 40+ commercial builders identified to date as having built boats throughout the Finger Lakes Region during the last century. 

The main museum building, built in 1886, welcomes visitors from around the world. As you can see, the former Taylor Wine Company headquarters is beautiful and historic!

The museum currently has three floors of the historic former Taylor Wine Company's main building to explore with several exhibit spaces and a new wing renovated in 2015.  Visitors can see canoes, rowboats, row outboards, outboard runabouts, inboards, hydroplanes, and sailboats. Many related artifacts and ephemera are also on display, including a 130' x 10' lake and nature mural and replica lake cottage. A 60' x 10' lake mural was also recently completed in the Inboard Motor Boat exhibit room.

 

Our main building also contains an active boat shop where visitors are able to see restoration projects underway.  

Finger Lakes Boating Museum found its permanent home in 2014 on the South end of Keuka Lake just outside of the village of Hammondsport.  The historic Taylor campus, 14 acres and 19 buildings, allows the museum to exhibit a good selection of the collection while maintaining room to expand in the future.  

DIRECTIONS | PARKING
 

We are located on Pleasant Valley Rd just outside the village of Hammondsport.  Our building is across from Pleasant Valley Winery and has two large wooden arched doorways on the front.  Our driveway is on the southern side of the main building.  
Follow the signs all the way up the hill and parking is provided at the back of the building where our main entrance is located. 

 

8231 Pleasant Valley Rd

Hammondsport, NY 14840

​607-569-2222

OUR TEAM

TRUSTEES

KATHY VENEMA- President

PHIL WALKER- Vice President

RITA GOW- Treasurer

BILL SMITH- Secretary

ALLYN HETZKE

BERNIE BURNS

DAVE ROCKWELL

DUNCAN SPRINGSTEAD

ED WIGHTMAN

JACK LUCEK

JOSEPH MEADE IV

JOSHUA NAVONE

MELISSA SABLE

PAM GRATZER

PATRICIA ETTER

SAM PENNISE

SCOTT JOHNSON​

Trustee Emeriti

AL WAHLIG

DENNIS KARALOW

 

Honorary Board Member

RICHARD MACEKO

STAFF

ANDREW TOMPKINS

Executive Director

 

NANCY WIGHTMAN

Administrative Assistant

ANDREW OLIN

Multi-Media Specialist

 

GEORGE LAWSON - Chair Newspaper President, Publisher Finger Lakes Media

CHRISTOPHER T. LYTLE - Vice Chair CTL Philanthropic Advisory

REBECCA HOPFINGER - Executive Director Antique Boat Museum

DICK SHERWOOD - Finger Lakes Chapter Antique & Classic Boat Society

JOHN (MICK) BARNES - Skaneateles Boat Company

GEORGE ZETH - Morehouse Boats

GLENDA GEPHART - Executive Director Schuyler County Historical Society

JAMES JOHNSON - Executive Director Steuben County IDA

ADVISORY BOARD

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CONNECT​ WITH US:​​

8231 Pleasant Valley Road

Hammondsport, NY 14840

info@flbm.org

OPENING HOURS

We are open 7 days a week with some exceptions for Holidays and Special Events.

SUNDAY - SATURDAY

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

ADDRESS

607-569-2222

PHONE

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