Founded in 1896, the Oswego County Historical Society has preserved and promoted the history of the greater Oswego area for more than 100 years.

In 1946, the historical society received a generous gift of a historic 19th century Italian Villa to serve as the permanent head quarters for a public museum.

Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the Richardson-Bates House offers a unique glimpse of the lifestyle of a wealthy and  prominent Oswego family, as well as a museum dedicated to interpreting the history of the people and places in Oswego County through exhibits and educational programs.

Please visit to learn more!

  • Museum

  • The Richardson-Bates House was built in two stages as a private residence for Maxwell Richardson, a local attorney, real estate broker and two-term mayor of Oswego. In 1867, Max commissioned Rochester architect Andrew Jackson Warner to design the Tuscan Villa style residence for him and his family. The opulent interior decor reflects the 19th century Victorian fascination with art, culture, education and history.

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  • Admission

    • Adults – $8.00

    • Students & Seniors – $5.00

    • Children (6 – 12) – $3.00

    • Children Under 6 – Free

    • OCHS Members – Free

    • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

  • Video

Lecture ``The Life of Saint Marianne Cope`` Oct 21

The Oswego County Historical Society will host a lecture entitled “A Saint Amongst Us: The Life of St. Marianne Cope” on Sunday, October 21 at 1:30 pm. A presentation will be given in the St. Marianne Cope Hall located behind St. Peter’s Church at 83 E. Albany St. in Oswego. St. Marianne Cope served as the Mother Superior of the former St. Teresa Convent and principal of the former St. Peter’s Church Catholic School in Oswego in the 1860s. On October 21, 2012 she was canonized as a Saint in the Vatican. This year marks the 100th anniversary of her death in 1918.