Fenton, Gov. Reuben, Mansion - Jamestown, New York
Posted by: Szuchie
N 42° 05.502 W 079° 14.335
17T E 645641 N 4661458
Quick Description: Welcome to the Governor Reuben Fenton's Mansion and the home of Jamestown's Historical Center and Museum!
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 2/18/2008 3:17:07 PM
Waymark Code: WM36KH
The Fenton Mansion stands now as Jamestown's Historical Center and Museum. According to the museum's website:
Our Mission: To provide educational and cultural opportunities for the residents of Chautauqua County and its visitors through the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts and archival materials pertaining to Jamestown and Chautauqua County, New York.
Reuben E. Fenton was Governor of New York State from 1865 to 1869. He also served in the US Congress (1853-1864) and US Senate 1869-1875). As one of the founders of the Republican Party, he was a close political associate of Abraham Lincoln.
Governor Fenton, who made his fortune in the lumbering business, commissioned local architect Aaron Hall to design and build a mansion in 1863. A typical example of Italian Villa style architecture, the Fenton Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The Fenton Mansion has served as headquarters for the local history center since 1964.
The Fenton History Center is a community resource for people of all ages from the pre-school child just learning to read to the senior citizen who still finds something new to learn each day. The resources (collection, library/archives and educational resources) and services (exhibits, research assistance and educational programming) found at the FHC are tied to community interests and reflect what the community cares about. The FHC will continue to develop innovative methods of meeting community interests and priorities- such as the Junior Historians, History Club, Adult History Club and Genealogy Support Group - while continuing to serve as an educational resource for children and adults, a place for families to enjoy together, and a part of the community's heritage.
The museum's hours of operation are:
Monday - Saturday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Library Open Monday Evenings
4:00pm - 9:00pm
Open on Sundays
Thanksgiving through January 6th
1:00pm - 4:00pm