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


Holiday Open House & Reception

Come see the Paddock Mansion fully adorned in all of it's splendor for the Holiday Season - Christmas Tree, Lights and Antique Toy Display!

The $5 admission will include "Mrs. Paddock's Sweet Shop" bake sale, raffles and door prizes including gift certificates to Tops, Price Chopper and Hannaford.


  • Friday December 5th
  • 5 pm to 7 pm
  • Special Book Reading - by WWNY Channel 7 News Anchor, Brian Ashley
  • No Reservations Needed - includes Wine, Beer, Warm Cider and Light Appetizers

The Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker"

When: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Where: Crouse Hinds Theater at OnCenter Syracuse, NY

Cost: $99 for JCHS Members, $115 for the General Public

Price includes 7 pm Performance, Transportation, Dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse - Choice of 5 Different Entrées, Salad, Bread, Soda, Coffee or Tea - Alcohol Beverages available for purchase.

Seating is first come first serve and very limited.Please read further information here Please call Historical Society at 315-782-3491 to make a reservation. We will accept Cash, Check or Credit Card to reserve your seat.

For over thirty years the community has enjoyed taking these special bus trips while also feeling good about helping to support the Jefferson County Historical Society - one of this area's oldest non-profits.







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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