The Intersections: the Underground Railroad in Chautauqua County exhibit tells the story of the freedom movement in and through the western corner of New York State. The exhibit explores the local reaction to the slavery issue and the violent reaction to a slave capture in 1851, it points out the myths and truths about stations in the County and it tells the story of Catherine Harris, one of the most noted Operators on the trek north.
For more information about the Underground Railroad in New York State, visit the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor website.
The Fenton History Center also features elegant period rooms, the most notable of which is the Fenton’s Drawing Room.
There are a number of permanent and rotating exhibits. The following list names a few:
- Civil War Room
- Chautauqua Lake Room
- Lucille Ball; Not the Girl Next Door
- Nanny and Children’s Room
- Homespun/Nineteenth Century Exhibit
- Swedish Room
- Observation tower
Exhibits featured for the summer of 2017 include: Over There: WWI and Jamestown and Why Not New York? The Road to the Vote.
You’re invited: Exhibit Debut: Why Not New York: The Road to the Vote: June 14 from 6 PM to 7 PM. Why Not New York? The Road to the Vote exhibit will address the struggle for equal rights in the 19th and 20th century, and the significant role that Chautauqua County citizens played in the movement for women’s suffrage. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are not required but will be graciously accepted.
Learn more about the Fenton History Center below:
The Fenton Mansion
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fenton Mansion is a landmark, lending distinction and elegance to the passing scene. In its continuing mission as the center for education and preservation of a unique local heritage, it is a valuable cultural institution in the city of Jamestown, New York.
The Fenton History Center is housed in the historic, one family home of Governor Reuben E. Fenton. The Fenton History Center also owns and operates its own fully equipped research center, which is located in the historic Hall House located at 73 Forest Avenue. Adjacent from the Fenton Mansion, the research center is fully accessible to the museum by a private driveway and a redbrick walkway.
The Fenton History Center welcomes bus tours and guided tours by appointment (716) 664-6256. Walk-in visitors can take a self-guided tour of the museum at any time during operational hours (Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM). Visitors are provided with an informative guide booklet.
Various educational programming is available for businesses, civic groups, private/public students and families. Offerings are available within the historic Fenton Mansion and through the Fenton History Center’s Moving Museum. Please contact the Education Director Jennifer Champ to schedule a guided tour or program by phone (716) 664-6256 or by email.
Museum and Research Center
Monday – Saturday
10 AM – 4 PM
In ordinance with Memorial Day, the Fenton History Center will be closed Monday, May 29th.
Paid admission includes access to the Fenton History Center museum and research center. Those visiting the Fenton History Center are encouraged to visit both locations. Exhibits in the museum are ever-changing and new additions to the research center library are added on a regular basis. *Please call ahead to confirm research center hours prior visiting the Hall House on Saturdays.
The museum and research center are connected by a paved parkway that is shaded by a number of trees. Many visitors enjoy the brief walk and park in one location during the spring, summer, and fall.
Child (age 6 to 12) $4
Children (age 5 and under) Free Admission
Family Admission (children accompanied by parents) $30
Individuals, families, students and seniors who plan to visit the Fenton History Center on more than one occasion are encouraged to purchase a Fenton History Center membership.
*Students and seniors receive discounted membership rates.
See the 2017 full calendar of events here: https://www.fentonhistorycenter.org/category/events/2017-calendar-of-events/