Jefferson County Historical Society Museum

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 on the Water

When: Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 6:00pm

Where: Crescent Yacht Club, Chaumont


To preregister call 315-782-3491 or email admin@jeffersoncountyhistory.org

Further information on this year's History on the Water can be found here



Fall in Love with the Paddock Mansion

The Jefferson County Historical Society is pleased to present September 2014 will be Membership Month at the Museum!

The month will include free admission to the Museum every Wednesday. Special guided tours of the Paddock Mansion and campus will be available. Every Wednesday at 12:30 we will be hosting a lunchtime lecture series.


  • September 3rd, Dr. Laurie Rush
  • September 10th, Michael Keene on Mad House the history behind New York State mental institutions
  • September 17th, Bilkey Moore, on north country postcards
  • September 24th, David Champagne on JCHS’s Pink Schoolhouse restoration project

History Links Us - Golf Outing

When: September 27, 2014 - 10:00 am

Where: Watertown Golf Club in Thompson Park, Watertown, NY.

Entry Fee: $300 per 4-person team

A 4-person scramble format and a shotgun start at 10:00 am. On course contests will include closest to the pin and long drive contests for men and women. The $300 entry fee per 4-person team will also include lunch on the course. Team prizes will be awarded. Players are invited to wear their best “historic” (vintage) golf attire!

Registration forms are available here or stopping by our headquarters, The Paddock Mansion, 228 Washington Street. Please call us at (315) 782-3491 for more details.

This event is sponsored by: Slack Chemical, Mr. & Mrs. T. Urling & Mabel Walker, The Delaney Bay Fund, Watertown Savings Bank, O.D. Greene Lumber, Waite Motor Sales, and RBC Wealth Management.

Exhibit Highlights

New York State Politicians

Textile Treasures Exhibit

An exciting new exhibit, New York State Politicians, in the Main Gallery highlights politicians of the past who have special ties to Watertown and Jefferson County.


Visit our Victorian Garden

The Garden is in Bloom here at the Historical Society and we have several exhibitions that call to mind sunshine and warm weather.


Dressed Up!

The main hallway has a display of seasonal dresses and other spring themed artifacts.

On the second floor in the Ladies exhibit room, a Pretty in Pink exhibit has a selection of pink dresses for women and girls.

The second floor hallway has an exhibit entitled Hats Off! and it consists of fabulous hats worn by men and women.

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Our Partners

Slack Chemical Co. Purcell Construction Corporation NNY Community Foundation Walker Associates
Slack Chemical Co. Purcell Construction Corporation Northern New York
Community Foundation, Inc.
Walker Associates

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