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Rye's Square House Museum Keeps The Past Alive

RYE, N.Y. -- Among the factoids that Jennifer Plick will tell you about the Square House Museum is a little known visit from President George Washington when it was still an inn and tavern back in 1787."We know he was here based on references in his journal," said Plick, the museum's education curator.The museum is Rye's link to the past and much of it has been restored by the Rye Historical Society to what it might have looked like in the 18th century. Here you can learn not only about the building's history but that of Rye's, dating all the way back to its establishment in the 1600s. It has a vast collection of artifacts, many of which remain in storage waiting for an archivist to discover the story behind them.

The museum will be opening a new exhibit in September, featuring the work of printmaker James Merritt Ives, who lived in Rye during the 1800s.In order to continue preserving and uncovering the past, the museum depends on community support through membership fees and donations."It's such an important part of the community," said Plick. "And it's the community that has preserved this building for so many years."

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