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.

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  • 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

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Lecture ``World War I Commemoration`` November 18


The Oswego County Historical Society will host a lecture entitled “Oswego County World War I Commemoration: Celebration, Remembrance & Reflection” on Sunday, November 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library at 120 E. Second St. The event is free and open to the public.

The guest speakers will be Oswego County World War I Commemoration Committee members Dan Allen and Mark Slosek, Oswego City Historian. This lecture coincides with the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, ending World War I on November 11, 1918.
The program will highlight the many significant projects that have occurred to bring awareness and appreciation of the contributions to the “Great War” history in Oswego County. Projects have included a flag program for individual memorial graves stateside and abroad. The committee planned long-term improvement of historic World War I memorials located in parks of the city of Oswego. The program will also focus on some personal stories of the men that served and made the ultimate sacrifice for peace and freedom around the world.

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