Tully Area Historical Society
The Tully Area Historical Society was started in 1977 by a group of Tully citizens who wished to preserve Tully History and the two former church buildings located on State Street. The South Church Building built in 1825 in Tully Center was moved to its present location in 1847. the North Church, formerly the Methodist Church was built in 1896. The congregations had outgrown both of these buildings; parking had become a major issue, and an analysis of the buildings pointed out the need for new heating units, new roofs, and a considerable amount of repair. The two church decided to merge, and build a new church on Meetinghouse Road -- now known as theTully United Community Church.
From its formation in 1977, the Tully Area Historical Society grew, starting with the Country Peddler Consignment/Thrift shop, a community fair, fashion shows, the ice harvest festival, and strong membership support. After having received four provisional charters, in June of 1999, the State Regents Board awarded a permanent charter, indicating their approval of the work done to provide research materials, historical displays, and community services.
On a yearly basis, a Military Display is held every year in May featuring pictures and memorabilia for personnel from the area who served their country. The Ice Harvest Festival, demonstrating ice cutting with the antique tool collection held by the Society in February. This event now is held in conjunction with the Central New York Draft Horse Association who bring the draft horses to pull bobs of ice from the lake to the ice house for storage. Ice is then used to make ice cream in May for thr Ice Cream Social. A Community Fair is held the first Saturday after Labor Day. The events are completed with Christmas at the Station held folllowing Thanksgving each year.
The society also works with other service clubs in the area to bring things to Tully and surrounding area. Every two years a small telephone directory for LaFayette, Fabius and Tully is published. This directory is considered the phone book of choice by those in the area as it features large print for easy reading, and is supported by local advertisers. The book is mailed to the community free of charge.
In 2009, the society worked with the Masons to bring the first big top circus to Tully. Needless to say it was one of the big hits of the year and everyone is still talking about it.
The Country Peddler (located at 22 StateStreet) is one of the most well known consignment/thrift shops in Central New York and enjoys customers from a wide area around Tully. The Twice Read Book Store (located at 24 State Street) is also visited by book lovers throughout all of Central NY.
Our hours for the Historical Society Office, Museum and Twice Read Book Store are:
Monday 9:00 to 5:00.
Tuesday and Friday 9:00 to 1:00
Saturday 9:00 to 1:00
We are closed Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays.
Mail: % P O Box 22, Tully, NY 13159
New listing for Town of Tully historian as of 1/1/12