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!

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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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Landmark Lawn Sale


The Not So Silent Auction fundraiser had to be cancelled this year, so the items that had been donated pre-pandemic, will be sold at an outdoor sale at the Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E., Third St. in Oswego on Saturday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please wear masks and practice social distancing. The volunteers of the Historical Society will take the same precautions. Cash or credit cards.
Follow our Facebook page Richardson-Bates House Museum, for photos of some of the items for sale.

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