Fenton Historical Center in Jamestown, NY

Here in Jamestown and Chautauqua County, New York, we have a rich and varied history. The Fenton Historical Center is here to preserve and celebrate that history through education and cultural opportunities.

The center is open to both local residents and visitors and serves people of all ages, from young preschoolers to senior citizens.

The museum is housed within the historic Fenton Mansion. There are numerous exhibits that are continually changing to reflect special interests, holidays, and popular topics. This means, that each visit to the Historical Center feels unique and new.

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Reuben E. Fenton, who was governor of New York from 1865 to 1869, had local architect Aaron Hall design the Fenton mansion in 1863. The Fenton family lived in the mansion continually until 1964, when it became the headquarters for the local historical society. Then, in 1972, the mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

One of the main goals of the Fenton Historical Center is education, which is why in 2013 it added a functioning research center in the Historic Hall House.

And, in addition to its historical and educational purposes, the Fenton Mansion and Hall House both have their own unique beauty that changes with the seasons.

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