Sage Marlowe House
Home of Wheatland Historical Association
Address: 69 Main Street, Scottsville, NY 14546
Phone: (585) 889-3670
Hours Open: Sunday afternoons in July and August, and by appointment. Please email us to confirm times or make an appointment.
Admission: Free (donations accepted)
The Wheatland Historical Association is located in the Sage-Marlow House. Our house was named after its first and last owners. The house was purchased and carefully restored, to period, by Wheatland residents.
Its collections reflect the culture and economic development of Western New York between approximately 1820 and 1860, or about the time of the Civil War. Most items in our museum were donated by Wheatland residents.
A recent attractive addition is the portrait of a local farmer that now hangs over the fireplace in the front parlor. When you visit, make time to visit our kitchen garden on the east side of the building.
The museum is dedicated to promoting local history of the period through programs and exhibitions. Do check our Facebook page at Wheatland Historical Association for event dates and museum summer hours.
Ira Harmon Portrait in the Parlor
The Harmon family has deep roots in America and in Wheatland. The Harmon ancestors settled in the Plymouth Plantation in 1635. The subject of the portrait, Ira Harman, moved to Wheatland in 1811.
Ira Harmon was married to Corina, the daughter of Reverend Solomon Brown, the first pastor of the Belcoda Baptist Church. Ira was a prosperous farmer and built a home in 1848 on Harmon Road. In 1866, Ira Harmon passed away at the age of 70.
Based on the image, we believe he sat for the painting much earlier. According to Jim Caffrey, frame restoration specialist, “A portrait and frame like this would have been an extravagant purchase by this gentleman and would have been on prominent display in this gentleman’s home.”
The perennial herbs in the Sage-Marlowe heritage garden need very little care, the rest of the garden needs planning and thought before each season begins.
If you’d like to learn more about growing a 19th century kitchen garden and enjoy getting your hands dirty, come and get involved in the Wheatland Historical Association as a volunteer.