naturalization-ceremony.jpgMumford, N.Y - Pomp, music and merriment are all part of Genesee Country Village & Museum's Independence Day festivities, highlighted by the swearing in of new American citizens on the steps of the Town Hall.  And, of course, the flying anvil. When there were no cannons to be had, shooting anvils (the correct term) was occasionally done at celebrations in 1830s Western New York. Put two anvils bottom-to-bottom; fill the cavity between with gunpowder, light a fuse and BOOM! A really, really big boom.  The top anvil, even with its limited aerodynamics, takes off for the sky.  As the museum prepares to celebrate Independence Day this July 4, anvil shooting will be part of the program. So, too will other more traditional activities, like a grand parade, patriotic concerts, a pie-eating contest, egg toss, sack races, pea-shooter contest, town ball match and children's muster. Two ceremonies will honor the nation's birth, one set in 1826 and the other in 1876.  The 11 a.m. naturalization ceremony, where new citizens take the oath of allegiance, is a focal point of the day. Admission is adult $16.50; youth (4-16)10.50; senior 62+/student with ID $13.50; free to children 3 & under. For more information, call (585-294-8218) or visit Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York State and the largest collection of historic buildings in the Northeast. The museum, with its  John L. Wehle Gallery and Genesee Country Nature Center, is open May 11-Oct. 14, and located in Mumford, N.Y., 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo. For more information, visit or call (585) 538-6822. Hours: May 11- Sept. 2
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, weekends and holidays
  • Closed Mondays, except for May 27 & Sept. 2
Hours: Sept. 4-Oct. 14
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays,  weekends and holidays
  • Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, except for Oct. 14
(photo by Ruby Foote) Contact: Judy Markham (585) 538-6822