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Richardson-Bates House Museum » Museums and Historic Sites

Oswego County and its residents have played a unique role in the history of New York State and America. Learn the legend of Silas Town, an American spy and Revolutionary War hero who helped turn the tide of the war, as well as the story of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, the only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Hear stories of the Fort Ontario Refugee Shelter, the only shelter in the United States for victims of war-torn Europe during World War II.

Throughout the county, you’ll discover that the Iroquois, French and British armies, the Oswego Canal, and the Underground Railroad have all left their mark on the pages of time. Explore this fascinating heritage in area museums, historic sites, cemeteries and local libraries. For more information, check out our Historical Guide.


Richardson-Bates House Museum

Other 135 E. Third St. Oswego NY 13126 Work Phone: 315-343-1342 Website:
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Biographical Info

The Oswego County Historical Society’s collection of nearly 25,000 artifacts, documents, and photographs traces the significant history of the area, and is located in the Richardson-Bates House Museum. The house was built between 1867 and 1880 and is a fine example of Tuscan Villa Victorian architecture. The upstairs of the house is dedicated to the preservation of local history. The downstairs is preserved as the Richardson family knew it, with 95 percent of the original furnishings of the period. Maxwell Richardson was an attorney, real estate broker, and two-term mayor of Oswego. His house reflects his wealth and position as a civic leader. The museum is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is charged.

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