• September 20-21

    Blue and Gray 2014
    Members of the 9th Cavalry NY volunteers and the 155th NY Volunteers will be encamped at the Fenton Mansion and welcoming the community to learn about the life and times of the Union soldier. Sat. 10-4, Sun 10-2.
  • October 4 & 11

    9th Annual "Saints and Sinners" Lake View Cemetery Tours
    From 3 pm until 8 pm stepping off throughout the day and evening. At historic Lake View Cemetery, corner of Buffalo St. and Lakeview Ave., Jamestown. Horse drawn carriage and walking tours available. The tour will uncover some of the more than 43,000 personal stories at Jamestown's beautiful Lake View Cemetery. Be ready to learn some interesting information about Jamestown and Lake View Cemetery. Presale: $10 for adults, $2 for children & youth; half price for Fenton History Center members. Carriage rides: $18 all seats, Reservations are required; please call 664-6256 to reserve your tickets and time slot. Call early as the later tours fill up fast!
  • October 8

    Brown Bag Lecture Series
    Topic: Jamestown's Speakeasy Era.
    Come hear about an important part of Jamestown's history during the lunch hour. Noon to 1 PM. Donations encouraged. Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month April through October at the Fenton Mansion.
  • October 12

    Mausoleum Tours and More at Lake View Cemetery
    A guided behind-the-scenes tour of a number of the elegant mausoleums and gravesites in Jamestown's 1859 cemetery. Costumed actors tell the family stories. Light refreshments follow the tour. 8 PM. The cost is $20 for potential members, $15 for members. Youth and children are $5. Reservations are requested; please call 664-6256 to reserve your tickets.
  • November 25

    35th Annual Holiday exhibit - Members Only Sneak Preview
    4-7 PM. New members welcome, join and see the exhibit for FREE.
  • November 28

    35th Annual Holiday exhibit opens to the public. through January 19, 2015


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Your History

The Fenton Historical Society of Jamestown, N. Y. better known as The Fenton History Center, operates in the beautiful Italian villa-style mansion built for New York State Governor Reuben E. Fenton (1819-1885) in 1863. Reuben Eaton Fenton was one of a class of developers and entrepreneurs, newly affluent in the mid-nineteenth century. After securing his fortune in lumbering and financial investments early in life, Fenton spent most of his adult years in political office. Moving from Town Supervisor to U.S. Congressman to Governor of New York and U.S. Senator, Reuben Fenton became one of the most famous citizens in the history of Chautauqua County.

What you get when you join

All members receive these basic annual benefits:

  • Unlimited complimentary admission
  • Unlimited access to museum library
  • Museum gift shop discount
  • Members only e-mail updates
  • Subscription to quarterly museum newsletter

Student $15

Receives basic benefits

Senior $30

Receives basic benefits PLUS two one-time guest passes, reduced fee for Fenton programs, collectible membership card and special gift

Educator $30

Receives Senior benefits PLUS access to educator area online

Individual $40

Receives Educator benefits PLUS complimentary admission to one Fenton Institute Event

Family $60

Receives Individual benefits PLUS unlimited complimentary admission for two adults plus children

Supporting $100

Receives Family benefits PLUS membership in Genealogy Support Group and limited edition FHC poster

Friend of Fenton $250

Receives Supporting benefits PLUS four one-time guest passes and two special gifts

Senator's Circle $500

Receives Friend of Fenton benefits PLUS six one-time guest passes, lunch with Executive Director or genealogy expert and a behind the scenes tour of Fenton History Center for four people

Governor's Circle $1,000

Receives Senator Circle benefits PLUS tea party for you and 9 closest friends

Today, the Fenton History Center provides a rich resource for:

Education - to facilitate over 10,000 student visits, provide speakers for many community groups and create new after school programming and adult education such as the Fenton Institute.
Museum - to research, build, and install at least 3 exhibitions per year, to continue to collect and preserve the permanent collection, and to maintain our largest artifact - the Governor's 1863 mansion.

Fenton Mansion
Library - to enhance computerized access to the collection materials, provide an on-line catalog to the reference library and to provide genealogy materials for a wide variety of researchers.
Facility - to support operations of the 12,000 sq. ft. Mansion and 4,350 sq. ft. off-site storage and the newly acquired Forest Avenue property.

Special Gift for NEW Members

Join and receive with your new membership your choice of a premium gift & a $5 discount to the Fenton Annual Dinner Gala.

At the Senior (65+), Individual or Educator membership level:

Receive (1) Fenton History Center Key Chain

At the Family membership level:

Receive (1) Fenton History Center tote bag

At the Supporting membership level:

Receive (1) Fenton History Center tote bag OR (1) pair of tickets for a cruise on the Chautauqua Belle (Chautauqua Belle tickets in limited supply.)

At the Friend of Fenton and above membership levels (pick two):

(1) Fenton History Center key chain
(1)Fenton History Center tote bag
(1) pair of tickets for a cruise on the Chautauqua Belle Steamboat (Chautauqua Belle tickets in limited supply.)

To enroll or renew please either:

download the membership form
(and mail to the address below)


send name, address and telephone number along with your check to:

Fenton History Center
67 Washington Street
Jamestown, NY 14701


join or renew online at the Fenton Museum Shop


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