Explore Buffalo’s Past
Buffalo has an amazing history, back to the days of the Seneca Indians who lived in the area for more than a millennium. During the 1800s, Buffalo’s location helped it become a major transportation and industry hub. Battles took place here, and a president was assassinated here. Slaves traveled to the area in search of freedom. Want a closer look at the past? You can experience Buffalo’s rich history by exploring local museums and historic buildings.
Visitors find several different ways to browse the city’s attractions. Some people enjoy walking tours in the Cottage and Delaware districts. Other vacationers board a boat and embark on the Buffalo River History Tour, which showcases industries that once prospered in this city. Buses also carry travelers to a variety of interesting sites.
Regardless of how you reach it, the Buffalo History Museum will thoroughly inform you about this region’s past. It remains open Tuesday through Sunday. You’ll find a research library as well as numerous photos and artifacts. The building represents historic architecture; it has stood for over 110 years.
If you appreciate antique and vintage cars, don’t miss the Buffalo Transportation Piece-Arrow Museum on Michigan Avenue. You can tour the entire facility in less than 60 minutes. It contains vehicles that early automakers produced in this area, such as the Thomas Flyer and Pierce-Arrow.
To learn more about the history of Buffalo’s people, visit Forest Lawn Cemetery on Delaware Avenue. This cemetery first opened more than 160 years ago. It covers 269 acres and features beautiful streams, ponds and hills. Forest Lawn serves as a final resting place for over 160,000 individuals, including many influential people ranging from artists to military veterans.
To behold some of the city’s most extraordinary architecture, visit the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Its Romanesque structures were named after two renowned architects who designed them. This National Historic Landmark boasts impressive Gothic towers, and is undergoing a restoration project to bring it to its full potential.
Visit the Guaranty Building to see one of the earliest skyscrapers in the U.S. Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan designed this Church Street landmark, which came to fruition during the 1890s. If you want to tour the historic structure, you’ll need to schedule an appointment.
Travel to Virginia Street for a look at the oldest building in the city. Although owners repeatedly modified and relocated it, this dwelling has existed for 200 years. The Coit House underwent major renovations between 2006 and 2008, and features classic furniture and attractive 19th-century woodwork.
You’ll need a place to stay while you enjoy the city’s stunning architecture and intriguing museums. Be sure to think about reserving a room at one of the Ellicott Hotels. We offer top-notch amenities and clean, comfortable rooms. Our convenient locations give you easy access to local attraction, as well as the airport and the University at Buffalo. Please see our website to make your reservation today.