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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Dr. Mary Walker Lecture for Women's History Month


The Oswego County Historical Society will host a presentation entitled “Honoring and Remembering the 100th Centenary Memoriam of Dr. Mary Walker” on Sunday, March 24 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 Historian Justin White and Oswego Town Historian George Demass. This program coincides with the 100th anniversary of the death of Dr. Mary Walker on February 21, 1919 in her native Town of Oswego. This event is part of the annual national Women’s History Month.

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