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Shortly after the turn of the century a new industry began in Gouverneur, and for the better part of the five decades that followed the industry, though it faced its ups and downs, did quite well in Gouverneur and provided employment for many area residents.

The trade that Gouverneur would be noted for was lace. Namely, Nottingham Lace, a finely made English lace that was sought after both here and overseas. 

Read more about the Lace Industry in Gouverneur...

The museum's "Dining Room" is also referred to as the "Glass Room" because of the number of glass display cases and the original stained glass windows. This room honors the community and displays paintings from local artists and many examples of local souvenirs and memorabilia.

Since this room used to be a dining room, there are many examples of rare, decorative glassware.


Parlor or Library Table, below, was made from wood salvaged from the Aldrich house on Barney Street after a fire. It was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Storch

Many of Nonnie Caswell's works can be found on the walls of the dining room.

Go to her Gallery online.


The first tablecloth from the Gouverneur Lace Mill.


Lace workers pose with giant weaving machine.


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