Oswego County
A Proud History


- Thank you for your interest in the Oswego County Historical Society. Founded in 1896, the historical society has preserved and promoted the history of the greater Oswego community for over a century. In 1946, the historical society received a generous gift of a historic 19th century Italian Villa to serve as the permanent headquarters for a public museum. Since that time the society has owned and operated the magnificent Richardson-Bates House Museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this distinctive landmark offers a unique glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of a prominent Oswego family, as well as a museum dedicated to interpreting the vast history of the people, places and events of Oswego County through exhibits and educational programs. Please visit to learn more!

The People

The Places
The Events
Richardson-Bates House Museum
Oswego County Historical Society
135 East Third Street
Oswego, New York 13126
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