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River Lea - The Grand Island Historical Society restored and maintains the farm house known as River Lea and located in Beaver Island State Park. It was built on Lewis F. Allen's property, Allenton Farms, by his son, W. Cleveland Allen. Today it is owned by New York State.

SOCIETY OFFICERS 2021: President - Curt Nestark; Vice President - Programs - Adele Upton;
Recording Secretary - Denise Dewey; Corres. Sec./Newsletter - Mary Cooke; Treasurer - Arlene Ehde

Membership Form - Please Join
Directions To River Lea      Mission Statement
       Grand Island Historical Society & River Lea History
Grand Island History - Published 1898 By Truman C. White
Jim Fisher's Avocational Archaeology & Lithic Technology Web Site
Grand Island History and Photos (Update 9/20/09)
River Lea Artists - Photos - Paintings - Artists James Edward Montanari - Eugene Matthew Dyczkowski ("Dick")




River Lea Open House - April 2021

   The Grand Island Historical Society's museum River Lea, in Beaver Island State Park, will be hosting an open house on Sunday, April 18th, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The downstairs rooms have been painted and new displays have been created in the living and dining rooms. River Lea has not been open to the public since December 2019 due to Covid-19.




Bedell House Lithograph on Display - April 2021

GI Memorial Library Display

    The Bedell House Hotel lithograph was recently put on display at the Grand Island Memorial Library. This lithograph is four feet tall by five feet wide, made of one inch thick glass with an oak wood frame. The lithograph represents the 1877 Bedell House Hotel, which was located at the end of Ferry Road in Grand Island, NY. The hotel stood for 10 years until 1887 when it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt, only to succumb to fire again in 1935.
    The lithograph was constructed in the 1960's and placed behind the bar ar Bedell's Candlelite Restaurant and Lounge, located on Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda. When the restaurant closed, the lithograph was placed in storage. In 2009, the Bedell Family generously donated the lithograph and other items to the Grand Island Historical Society.
   The Grand Island Historical Society Museum, River Lea in Beaver Island State Park, recently had professional painters refresh the living, dining, stairway and upper hall. The dining room has a new display of Bedell House memorabilia, which can be seen at the next Open House on Sunday, April 18th from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.     More information about the history of Grand Island can be found at www.isledegrande.com. Historical Society Webpage and History of Grand Island and Bedell House History.




River Lea Facelift! - February 2021

From left: Alex Vega, Collin Shamrock and Dennis Evans of Shamrock's Painting & Remodeling.

   The Grand Island Historical Society recently had the inside of their museum, River Lea, in Beaver Island State Park spruced up. The work was done by an Island company, Shamrock's Painting & Remodeling, and the society officers are very pleased and want to let members know it. Downstairs the dining room and living room were painted, the stairwell and upper hallway also got a fresh coat. Due to COVID - 19, the museum is closed at this time. You might get a chance to view in the spring, when another garage sale is planned. Shamrock's phone number is 716-243-5368.