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Historical Association of South Jefferson

About Us

    The Historical Association of South Jefferson was organized on February 26, 1973, by Frank & Marian Steele, to help preserve the history of the southern towns of Jefferson County. We acquired the former Farmers National Bank Building at 9 East Church Street on November 13, 1975. The building was built in 1865 as the Hungerford National Bank. This building housed the main portion of the museum, plus office and research areas from 1975 to 2003. The annex behind the museum contains farm and marine displays. (We sold these 2 buildings in 2004).

   We acquired the former Adams Grange Hall, located at 9 Grange Avenue, on October 8, 1976. Built in 1900 this building is used for craft classes and meetings. Across the street, at 8 Grange Ave., is the former Fraser Brothers Machine Shop where marine engines, and later fire engine bodies, were made. This building was acquired in the summer of 1980 and is used for storage.

  On December 1, 1984 we acquired the former Presbyterian Church building at 31-33 East Church Street. The sanctuary was built in 1828 and the sessions room, which today contains a dining room and kitchen, in 1882. This building is used for fund-rasiers and meetings.

  On April 10, 2003 Mrs. Marian Haynes (Ripley) Chalmers Steele left the Historical Association her house at 29 E. Church Street. The 25+ room, brick house was built in 1852 and has been in the Ripley Family for 120 years, since 1883. Following a year of renovations the Ripley House Museum officially opened on August 7 & 8, 2004.

In March 2011 we received a donation from Vivian Brown, the originally Aircraft Spotters Building built by her father, Howard Brown, in 1941 and used by the Town of Rodman during World War 2.

Board of Directors

Alan Reed, President

Bilkey Moore, Vice-President

Debbie Quick, Recording Secretary

Connie Orr, Corresponding Secretary

Mary MacIlvennie, Treasurer

Rufus Chalmers, Assistant Treasurer


Jean Yerdon

Dave Hutchinson

Philip Chatterton

Margaret Harper

Marsha Reed

Norman Yerdon

Our Programs

      Genealogy & Local History Research - we are available for you to do research on site or we can research for you. There is no cost for researching, we do ask a donation to help cover postage and copies. We have thousands of family surname files and a database of birth, marriage & death notices from the Jefferson County Journal from 1855 to the present. We also have military records, some early church records, town histories, federal census, cemetery records, family histories and much more. Research is not limited to our Six Towns. The Journal carried vitals records and community news for much of Jefferson County, Northern Oswego County and the Western part of Lewis County during the 1800's and early 1900's.
(just drop us an e-mail with your request and we'll see what we can find for you. Be sure to include first & last names, any dates you know, etc.).
Membership in the Historical Association gets you 6 newsletters (1 every other month) packed full of 8 or more pages of historical articles pertaining to Southern Jefferson County.
Museum Tours. Group Tours please call ahead. Fees - donation. Children must be accompanied by an appropriate number of adults.
Watch for additional programs.

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Historical Association of South Jefferson

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