Visit a New Stick­ley Mu­seum

If you’re in the Fin­ger Lakes re­gion of New York, stop by the new mu­seum in the orig­i­nal L. & J.G. Stick­ley fac­tory. by Brian D. Cole­man

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THIS UT­TERLY SCENIC part of cen­tral New York State is named for eleven fresh­wa­ter lakes be­tween Lake On­tario and the Penn­syl­va­nia bor­der. For Arts & Crafts afi­ciona­dos, the Stick­ley Mu­seum in Fayet­teville is a must-see. (This new, fur­ni­ture-cen­tric mu­seum is not to be con­fused with the Stick­ley Mu­seum at Crafts­man Farms, lo­cated at Gus­tav Stick­ley’s log home and fam­ily es­tate in Mor­ris Plains, New Jersey: stick­ley­mu­seum.org.)

The L. & J.G. Stick­ley op­er­a­tion just 20 min­utes from Syra­cuse has the longest ten­ure of all the var­i­ous Stick­ley en­ter­prises. Col­lected there are thou­sands of items that stretch from Gus­tav Stick­ley’s ear­li­est work to fur­ni­ture just off the shop floor. To­day’s Stick­ley com­pany had long wanted to cre­ate a mu­seum show­cas­ing the his­tory of Amer­i­can Arts & Crafts fur­ni­ture. The idea grew when fac­tory op­er­a­tions moved, in 1985, to a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity down the road in Man­lius. Dur­ing the move, his­toric ma­te­ri­als were found in un­used clos­ets and even un­der floor­boards. Fur­ther­more, friends and clients have been do­nat­ing early pieces since the 1990s.

The old fac­tory was sold to the Fayet­teville Free Li­brary. Fit­tingly, the Stick­ley Mu­seum now oc­cu­pies the sec­ond floor. Since 2005, Stick­ley’s own­ers and res­i­dent his­to­rian have worked with stu­dents from the grad­u­ate pro­gram in mu­seum stud­ies at SUNY–Coop­er­stown. It’s been a great col­lab­o­ra­tion, with the nascent mu­seum gain­ing pro­fes­sional ex­per­tise and the stu­dents a real-world ex­pe­ri­ence. Two dis­plays not to miss: The chair made for the Dalai Lama, and a Gus­tav Stick­ley dresser with one dis­col­ored drawer face. Ask about it!

Free public tours Tues. and Sat. and by ap­point­ment. (And a tour of the work­ing Stick­ley Fac­tory in Man­lius is given on Tues­days at 10 am.) The Stick­ley Mu­seum, 300 Or­chard St., Fayet­teville, NY: stick­ley­mu­seum.com a

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