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Hagen History Center

The Hagen History Center is the flagship property for the Historical Society
of Erie County
. The site is comprised of the Watson-Curtze Mansion,
the Carriage House, and the King-Martens Archive Building.


The Watson-Curtze Mansion houses the Regional History Museum,
which is located on the second & third floors while the
first floor interprets Victorian furniture & decor.


The Carriage House houses the
Historic Research Library & Made in America Gift Shop
The King-Marten’s Archive Building houses the Society’s 10,000 square feet archive.
Everything in the Archive is Publicly accessible in the Historic Research Library!
Examples of the holdings include:
 809 { separate collections
5,529 { rare books
3,750 { historic maps
4,880 { architectural plans and drawings
312,775 { photographic images


The Regional History Museum is made up of nine thematic galleries:
The Treasures of Erie County Gallery   |   Ethnic Erie Gallery    |    Hall of Architecture
Plastics Gallery   |   Erie County Rotating Gallery   |   Military Gallery
Manufacturing Gallery  |  Media Gallery  |  Recreational Gallery



 The Watson-Curtze Mansion & Carriage House

watson-curtze mansion

The Watson-Curtze Mansion and Carriage House were designed by the Buffalo architectural firm of Green & Wicks and built in 1891Designed in the iconic Dichardsonian Romanesque style, the mansion features intricate wood carvings, multiple stained glass windows, oak flooring, 12 fireplaces, and a ballroomThe Mansion is listed on the National Historic Register. 

Erie roofing paper magnet, Harrison Watson, built the home in 1891. Harrison and his wife Carrie Tracey, along with their daughter Winifred lived in the home until 1923. Frederic Felix Curtze purchased the home and lived at the property until 1941 when it officially became a museum.

Admission Pricing for Visiting our Museum!

Adults :: $10
:: $7.50
Students & Veterans
 :: $5 Children 6 & Under :: FREE
Library & Archives Day pass :: $7

For more information, please call us at: 814.454.1813 ext. 32

The Battles Estate

battles estate :: white house and yellow house

The Battles Estate is comprised of both The Yellow House and White House. These two historic farmhouses belonged to a well-known banking, farming, and manufacturing family (Battles) in Girard, PA. The two homes sit on over 132 acres of land which is comprised on fields, forests, and streams, the forest is publicly accessible via marked hiking trails.

The Battles family trace their Erie County roots to Asa Battles, born in 1786. He and Elizabeth Brown lived in Chautauqua County until he purchased 300 acres in Girard. He died in 1848, and his 15-year-old son, Rush Sobieski Battles, inherited most if it, as well as the care of his mother and two unwed sisters, Alcina and Lucina. Rush Battles built a yellow Italianate style farmhouse in 1857 (The Yellow House).

Rush Battles and Henry Webster partnered to create the Webster House of Banking, and Rush later married Webster’s sister Charlotte. Rush then built what is today known as The White House for his new wife. Their only surviving daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Battles inherited the house and all business and banking interests. 

In fact, Charlotte Elizabeth Battles, once wrote a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt in response to his banking moratorium during the Great Depression that said, “Mr. President, we’re minding our business, you do the same. Since I do not presume to tell you how to run the country, please do not presume to tell me how to run my bank.”

Charlotte Elizabeth Battles and her personal assistant, Georgina Reed donated the entire estate and two historic cars to the Historical Society in the late 1980s.



{ The Hagen History Center } :: 356 West 6th Street • Erie, Pennsylvania 16507

{ The Yellow House & The White House } :: 436 Walnut Street • Girard, Pennsylvania 16417


please call us at: 814.454.1813 ext. 32
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