Newark Valley Historical Society Phone: 607-642-9516
PO Box 222 Email:
Newark Valley, NY 13811
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  • Volunteers
  • Guilds
Current Events

About Us 

The Newark Valley Historical Society preserves and interprets the past of Newark Valley, Northern Tioga County and New York. The Society operates two historic sites:

The Bement-Billings Farmstead, located just north of Newark Valley on Route 38, and the Railroad Depot, inside the Village. The Bement-Billings Farmstead is a living history museum which interprets domestic life, agricultural practices, and the natural environment of the early 1800's. The property includes the original Bement farmhouse, a replica blacksmith shop, a reconstructed threshing barn, additional out-buildings, and 90 acres of the Bement family's farmland. The Sycamore Bridge leads to Nature Trails across the east branch of the Owego Creek. Click here for a map.

BB House
NV Depot-Museum

This restored 1880’s Train Depot is located in the center of the village of Newark Valley. Exhibits include railroad memorabilia, a restored caboose, and a regional scale model Lehigh Valley Railroad display. Refreshments and old-fashioned candy are available at the snack bar and candy counter during Depot events. The Depot is open June-September for Depot Friday Nights, a series of free concerts and lectures. Other special events include Spring Fling, Newark Valley Day, an annual Antique Appraisal, and Holiday Magic. The facility is available for rental, subject to availability.
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Join the Newark Valley Historical Society today!

Members receive free admission to the Bement - Billings Farmstead Museum (excluding festivals) and our newsletters, and are welcome to join our guilds: Black Powder, Blacksmith, Cooking/Guides, Jane Bement Arts, Shuttles & Spindles, and Woodwrights. Your membership dollars help us keep history alive by offering school tours at the Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum and Depot Museum; Apple Festival; Depot Friday Nights; and other public programs.


Volunteers at the Newark Valley Historical Society have the opportunity to learn about the past in a living history setting, study 19th century skills, work with groups of children and adults, and make new friends. Behind the scenes activities include office support, care of collections, and committee work. Our volunteer staff operates year round.

Volunteer Opportunities include

  • Guiding at the Farmstead for school and community groups
  • Guiding at the Farmstead on summer weekends
  • Working at festivals
  • Office Support
  • Assisting with the cataloging and care of collections
  • Tending our heritage vegetable and herb gardens
  • Routine maintenance of buildings and grounds
  • Assisting at special events

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GUILDS are special interest groups that operate under the umbrella of the Newark Valley Historical Society. We offer these guilds to our members:

Jane Bement Art Guild -- In past years this guild has explored sketching on the farmstead grounds, sketching still lifes, sketching costumed models, shell art, embellishing drawstring bags, ribbon embroidery, watercolor botanical studies, bandbox decorating, etc.
✦ This guild is seeking new leadership.

Black Powder Guild -- “Old Hickory Long Guns” Whether you own a flintlock, percussion, or side-lock, there is something for you at our Black Powder Guild! Our “Black Powder Only” & Primitive Archery range is open at the Farmstead every Wed. at 6 PM, from May through Oct. 2.
✦ Contacts: Jerry Rhodes (607) 687-2271; Joe Cavanaugh (607) 723-8405

Blacksmith Guild -- This group’s primary mission is to collect, preserve, and exhibit tools, skills, and traditions of the blacksmith and his trade. As one of their past projects, the guild produced hand-forged hardware and hinges for the Herrick Barn. 10 AM-?, 3rd Sat. each month, March-Nov.
✦ Contact: Doug Dayger (607) 669-4489;

Cooking Guild -- Join this guild to learn more about open hearth cooking techniques & food history. 10-2, 3rd Sat. each month (except Nov./Dec.)
✦ Contact: Sally Spencer (607) 642-5652;

Guides Guild -- These volunteers provide tours for the public and for school groups that are regularly scheduled in the spring, summer, and fall. They have workshops for guide training and costuming; speakers; trips; and social events.
✦ Contact: Jane Fischer (607) 862-4602;

Shuttles & Spindles Guild -- This guild is dedicated to spinning, weaving, and textile arts. In the past they have done a variety of projects including rug braiding, bronze powder stenciling, indigo dyeing, tape weaving, and cardboard loom weaving. 10-2, 2nd Sat. each month
✦ Contacts: Denise Tarbox (607) 642-5568; Barbara Fudge (607) 795-1725;

Woodwrights Guild -- The primary focus of this guild is to preserve historic woodworking techniques. The Woodwrights played a key role in the oldfashioned barn raising of the Herrick Barn, our three-bay threshing barn.
✦ Contact: Dave Lowdermilk (607) 642-8431