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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


Back By Popular Demand

When: Saturday, April 18th

Presented by Dr. Laurie Rush Hands - Children's Archaeology Program


10am to 12pm - Ancient History of Jefferson County


FREE!! Best fit for ages K-`12


Please call or email the Society to sign up today!




Pins Across Watertown

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Where: Downtown Watertown

The Watertown Downtown Business Association will attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for the Longest Chain of Safety Pins.


More details at: http://www.publicsquare.com/


Exhibit Highlights

Stop in


See the latest exhibitions of seasonal clothing, historic postcards, and fine art.



Hats Off!

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

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Walker Associates

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