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Located in the landmark mansion of a former governor of New York, the Fenton History Center tells the story of Jamestown’s rich history through exhibits and displays about local industries, transportation, notable events and famous residents, like Lucille Ball and others. The mansion is an outstanding example of Italianate residential architecture, with four floors of rooms that reveal the tastes and lifestyles of 19th-century Jamestown. A wide range of books, postcards and other items of local interest can be found in the museum gift shop.


  • Visit the Fenton History Center museum in Jamestown, New York
  • Learn about Jamestown’s rich history
  • Peruse four floors of exhibits and more
  • Discover many of the area’s famous residents
  • Stop at the museum gift shop for items of local interest

What You Can Expect

Fenton History Center Admission

Looking down the main staircase in the Fenton.

Visit the Fenton History Center and find out what life was like in Jamestown, New York in the 1800s and 1900s. The landmark mansion, built in 1863, was the home of the former governor of New York, Reuben E. Fenton.

The Fenton History Center is Jamestown’s storyteller. It showcases a 4-floor museum with genealogy material about all the people who have called this region home as well as artifacts and 3-dimensional pieces that tell Jamestown’s story. Learn about Jamestown’s growth, its industries and the families who lived here — with plenty of interesting facts to get to know the area. Find out about famous residents like Lucille Ball, Roger Tory Peterson and Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert H. Jackson.

Also, at the Fenton History Center’s Hall House, adjacent to the Fenton mansion, visitors will find archives for genealogical and historical research.

Before leaving, stop at the museum’s well-stocked gift shop to peruse a varied selection of books, postcards and other items of local interest.

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