Visiting the Kenan Center and Niagara RegionHistory and Architecture
Restored Ladies' Parlor
Niagara County Bicentennial Quilt
What To Do in Niagara
Kenan Center History and ArchitectureFor those who marvel at the beauty of heritage architecture, and find history fascinating, the Kenan Center offers many opportunities to delve into the past! We welcome visitors to stroll through the 1859 Kenan House, open during gallery hours, Monday-Friday, Noon to 5 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 2-5 pm (Labor Day-Memorial Day.) Much of original structure and architectural details remains, making it a stunning example of late 19th century Italianate design. Visitors can also enjoy special touring opportunities during Holiday House Festival of Trees in December (see above) and during Lockport in Bloom which takes place every July. Following are some of the special displays in the Kenan House. After several years of acquiring period furniture and room decor and having custom upholstery and draperies created, Mrs. Kenan's sitting room, otherwise known as the Ladies' Parlor, is now on view. The room has been recreated based on a photo taken in 1913, the year the Kenan's moved into the house on Locust Street. Enjoy this glimpse of life at the turn-of-the-century when visiting the Kenan Center House and Gallery.
On display in the Ladies' Parlor are also two original pieces of furniture that had belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Kenan, and had been stored at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida, the former residence of Mr. Kenan's sister, Mary Lily Kenan Flagler. Our thanks to Thomas S. Kenan III, great-nephew of Williams R. Kenan, Jr., for providing the funds to return the furniture pieces to their home.
Niagara County Bicentennial QuiltThe Kenan Center Quilters' Guild, through many months of collaborative effort, put together this stunning quilt that depits the many historical sites throughout Niagara County. The quilt now hangs in the Kenan Center House Gallery and can be viewed any time during gallery hours.
For more on the Kenan Center buildings and campus, visit the Campus page where you can also download a copy of our House History and Gardens brochures.
Visting Lockport & the Lockport TrolleyHistoric Lockport is a wonderful place for a day trip! During the warm weather months, you can take a boat ride through the Erie Canal Locks; all year long, there are other historic sites to visit such as the Erie Canal Discovery Center, the First Presbyterian Church which features original Tiffany stained glass windows, and, of course, the Kenan Center.
The Lockport Trolley runs from late June through the beginning of September. The Trolley makes stops at nine different sites along the route, so that you can see all that Lockport has to offer. You can ride the trolley free when you purchase a Tour Lockport pass that admits you to two of our most popular attractions: Lockport Locks and Canal Cruises and Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride. The pass price is $24 adults/$18 children (under 4, free). But you can also hop on board the trolley for just $1.00.
Below are the sites where the Lockport Trolley stops:
Tour Lockport passes can be purchased at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, Lockport Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn, Kenan Center, Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises and Lockport Cave & Underground Boat Ride.
Visiting the Niagara RegionWhat is there to do after visiting the Falls? Plenty! The Niagara region is a virtual playground of historical, natural, and cultural offerings. Visit our wine trails along Lake Ontario or enjoy some of the best fishing around. Sample the fresh fruits and produce from our many local farms or go antique hunting. Take a ride through the locks on the Erie Canal or immerse yourself in art at one of our many galleries. And don't forget, we're right across from Canada which offers its own distinctive blend of culture and attractions.