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Historic winery Cupola seeks new location after village reversal

The Cupola from Yates County’s first winery, a fixture in Penn Yan for 135 years, has been ordered to find a new home. The Village of Penn Yan Board of Trustees unexpectedly revoked their previous decision to host the Cupola at Angler Boat Park, leaving the Empire State Winery Cupola Restoration Project scrambling to relocate the historic structure by April 19.


Board members of the restoration project expressed their shock and determination to continue their efforts despite the setback. They are exploring options to place the Cupola with a non-profit entity to comply with grant funding requirements and ensure it remains accessible for public appreciation and education.

The decision to move the Cupola comes amid concerns for its condition and potential vandalism, a reason the board finds unfounded given its history of sitting undisturbed. The search for a new location underscores the community’s commitment to preserving this piece of local history, with the team working diligently to ensure a smooth transition.