About the Smith Log House
Year Built: ca. 1840
Sponsored By: Currently Not Sponsored
Originally located in what was known as the “French Settlement” area near Ellicott Creek Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard, this log house was constructed of hand-hewn logs. Built by the Schmitt (Smith) family upon arriving in Amherst, NY, from Alsace-Lorraine. It was occupied by Henry Smith, his wife, his mother-in-law, six young children and possibly a farmhand. This home, with only two first floor rooms and an attic loft, is typical of the many log houses built in Amherst by German settlers.
What YOUR support will do…
Although much restoration work has been completed on the home, more is needed. Our plan includes a new roof for the building and restoration of the second floor. The long range plan for the dwelling will also include the construction of a working farmstead around the property.
The annual cost associated with the maintenance of the Smith House, as well as desired projects needed to meet Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village’s goals as an educational center, is estimated at around $15,000. A five year pledge of $3,000 is needed to better care for the structure, interpret the dwelling, and align Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village with the New York State Core Curriculum for our visiting classroom students. Such supported projects will also directly increase admission numbers and help the museum become a self-sustaining center for learning and tourism.
Your support will help the highly trained staff at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village:
- Restore the roof of the entire house
- Complete work needed to maintain the building on an annual basis
- Stabilize and see to the structural needs of the house
- Restore the second floor interiors and furnishings
- Redo and add historically-appropriate fencing and landscaping to the house
- Construct a historic barn and working farmstead around the house