HESSE ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM
Buzz Hesse’s original profession was archaeologist. He worked with the New York State Museum and Science Services and is a contributing author of a two-volume work, The Pre-History of the Upper Susquehanna River Basin. After moving into the antiques and auction fields, he continued the archaeology work independently, even locating and excavating a historic Native American village, Unadilla, that had been burned by Continental troops in the late 18th century.
Hesse’s lifelong passion resulted in a magnificent collection and the opening of his Hesse Museum of Archaeology, which occupies a building on his property. It is filled with artifacts spanning 14,000 years —which he acquired during independent archaeological investigations or in years of collecting with his wife. The Museum ranges widely, from Iroquois False Face Society masks to the possessions and entire background of one Civil War soldier. “Both Jackie and I feel incredibly privileged to have acquired these things,” Hesse says, and they have generously made the Museum free of charge to the public. Visitors to the area are welcome to call ahead for an appointment: (607) 287-5320