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Jefferson County Historical Society

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Address: 228 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601-3379
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+1 315-782-3491

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A View of America's Early Eras

This is an opportunity to see 17th, 18th, 19th century views of life. A mansion, a school house, log cabin and barn full of horse carriages and antique car. A wonderful... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 August 2016
Marty C
Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Six dollars to get in very well worth it beautiful mansion filled with history great. Garden school house barn and log cabin out back staff was very polite and very helpful we spent two hours there and enjoyed every minute would definitely go back great place

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

This is an opportunity to see 17th, 18th, 19th century views of life. A mansion, a school house, log cabin and barn full of horse carriages and antique car. A wonderful potpourri of early America. One suggestion is to have railings at the school house for walking impaired. It was fun sitting in the chairs in the school. Fun to... More 

Thank Marty C
Alexandria Bay, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015 via mobile

The house has interesting gardens and displays inside. Lots of local history and the one room school house is good...the staff was rude and seemed most uninterested in answering our questions. Really?? Isn't that what it is about? Could be a good site, but rudeness does not help in drawing people in. Do better!!!

2 Thank Shawn H
Saratoga Springs, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2014

I imagine this is one of the few waterwheel exhibits you will ever see. Also liked the old printing press and print.

1 Thank YankeeJohn
Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Stepped in, saw the admission charge, and stepped right back out again. Sorry, not worth the price of admission....

4 Thank lannykay
Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

It was a quaint place to visit. But we expected more. It had some interesting items to see, but we didn't think it was worth the admission price of $5 each. We wouldn't visit it again.

2 Thank Helen M
Willoughby, OH
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

The historical society is a complex of buildings including a log cabin, little pink (not red) schoolhouse, car & carriage bar, and Victorian mansion. The mansion was bequeathed directly by the original family, so it has original furnishings, and has been restored with old photographs for comparison. The only aspect lacking is a good guide or docent, although there is... More 

2 Thank JanWill
Paramus, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2012

A good place to visit if you are interested in the history of the north country. The garden is beautiful. Look for their house tour and ice cream social during the summer.

2 Thank Elayne L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

They change the exhibits freq., have tours, fun days with hands on exhibits and a nice shop full of odds and ends.

2 Thank Jews-son
Syracuse, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

You see the mansion first, basement is in process of building a children's railroad town, has many wood burning stoves--never saw them THIS ornate, old dentists chair (what memories!), a firemen's display, clothing--people were so tiny! Outbuildings were brought there: log cabin, PINK school house (ask why), carriage house. All next to a bank and across from the Flower's Library.

3 Thank Johanna56

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