Welcome to the Jefferson County Historical Society

The Jefferson County Historical Society, founded in 1886, is the primary organization in Jefferson County, New York that collects artifacts, books, and documents that reflect the entire history of the county, including every geographical area and every chronological period. We preserve the history that makes Jefferson County a special place to live, work, and visit. Originally housed in the Flower Memorial Library, today the Society is located in the beautiful 19th century Paddock Mansion.


Featured Events and News


History Links Us Golf Outing

When: Saturday, September 19, 2015

Where: Watertown Golf Course - Thompson Park

9am Shotgun Start - $300 per Team $100 Hole Sponsor


Sponsored by Slack Chemical, Watertown Saving Bank, Delaney Bay Fund and T. Urling and Mabel Walker




Fall Foliage Bus Trip

When: Saturday, September 19, 2015

Where: Utica to Thendara and Big Moose

Cost: JCHS Members $130 per person/Non JCHS Members $145 per person


We will depart at 7:30 am via motor coach to Utica to board the Historic Adirondack Railroad to Thendara & Big Moose


This package includes Round Trip Motor Coach and Adirondack RR Transportation, Buffet Lunch at the Historic Big Moose Train Station and time in Thendara for shopping and sightseeing. Download further information on the Trip Details and Buffet Lunch here:



History and Genealogy Fair

When: October 3, 2015

Where: Jefferson County Historical Society

Cost: This is a FREE EVENT and OPEN TO the GENERAL PUBLIC


This will be the largest gathering of Jefferson Cty Historians and Genealogists in 10 years.


You will be able to visit with 25 different organizations and listen to guest lectures. Bring the children there will even be a table for "Young Genealogists" Download further information on the event here:

Exhibit Highlights

Call for Artists

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We are looking for local artists to paint outdoor furniture for upcoming fundraisers.



Hats Off!

The second floor hallway has an exhibit that consists of fabulous hats worn by men and women.

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Our Partners

Slack Chemical Co. Purcell Construction Corporation NNY Community Foundation Watertown Saving Bank Watertown Saving Bank
Slack Chemical Co. Purcell Construction Corporation Northern New York
Community Foundation, Inc.
Watertown Saving Bank

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