Temporary Exhibit

“Oswego’s One Armed Bicycle Racer,” a painting by Fulton NY native Don Gillespie, was the inspiration for this exhibit and for bringing Norman Bates’s bicycles down from the attic. Don researched his great grandfather’s role in the Oswego Cycling Club of the 1880’s and 90’s  and discovered the story of a bicycle race that started […]

Permanent Exhibit

Oswego County History timeline traces the people, events, agriculture and industries of Oswego County from our Native American heritage to the 20th century.

The House

The Richardson Bates House is one of the most intact house museums in New York State with opulent furnishings, artwork and architectural details from the Victorian era. Shown is the drawing room designed by the Pottier and Stymus Company of New York City in the late 1860’s.