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Historical Association of South Jefferson

The Ripley House Museum
29 East Church Street, Adams, NY

Welcome to the
Historical Association of South Jefferson,
29 East Church Street
Adams, Jefferson County, New York

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Happily our problems with our e-mail has been resolved. We would be glad to hear from you and help you with your genealogy or local history questions.

Our Mission

The discovery, preservation and dissemination of knowledge about the history of southern Jefferson County, in the State of New York; To provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as may be feasible, to all who may wish to examine or study it.

Genealogy/Local History Research 
    In searching back in old family histories you may find mentioned the large and small communities that make up the six towns of Southern Jefferson County. The villages, hamlets and communities that have comprised these towns include:
    Town of Adams - Adams, Adams Center, Cobbville, Green Settlement, Honeyville, Lisk Settlement, Lyons Corners, North Adams, Talcotts Falls, Thomas Settlement, Wright Settlement.
Smithville lies half in the town of Adams and half in the town of Henderson (here it will be included under Henderson).
   Town of Ellisburg - Belleville, Brewster Settlement, Ellisburg, Giddingsville, Log London, Mannsville, Mathers Mills, Monitor Mills, North and South Landing, Pierrepont Manor, Taylor Settlement, Wardwell Settlement, Woodville.
   Town of Henderson - Alexander Corners, Association Island, Bishop Street, Butterville, Henderson, Henderson Harbor, Hungerford Corners, Roberts Corners, Smithville, Snowshoe Point, Stony Point.
Gallou Island, Little Gallou, Stony Island and Calf Island fall in the Town of Hounsfield, but are closer in proximity to the town of Henderson. Since most of the residents of the islands had close ties with Henderson, they are included here.
   Town of Lorraine - Allendale, French Settlement, Gould Corners, Haights Corners, Lorraine, Lyman District, Mooney Gulf, Waterville, Winona.
(The Town of Lorraine included within its boundaries the area that in 1848 was separated as the Town of Worth).
   Town of Rodman - Babbit's Corners, Dillin, East Rodman, Rodman,Toad Hollow, Tremaines's Corners, Unionville, West Rodman, Whitesville, Whitford Corners, Zoar.
   Town of Worth - Diamond, Fredericks Corners, Seven-by-Nine, Stears Corners, VanAukins Corners, Worth, Worthville, Worth Center.
  Our research material is not limited to just these sixtowns.  The Jefferson County Journal used to cover vital records and town histories throughout Jefferson County, Northern Oswego County and Western Lewis County.
To request a look-up on a family or community send us an e-mail with the request. Request should include first and last name of person/people you are searching, any dates you have, township if known. Include mailing address and phone number incase our response via e-mail doesn't go through. Please allow us a couple weeks to get the information together and get back to you. We usually check e-mail two or three times per week. 


Some of our Programs are: Genealogy Research, Local History Research, Publications of Local Interest, Museum Tours, Craft Classes, Fund Rasiers such as Craft shows, Chicken BBQ's, Breakfasts, Dinners, Pioneer Days, Strawberry Festival, Fall Festival and much more.

Museum Tours - 25 room Ripley house with a large variety of displays (1st floor includes - old fashioned kitchen, dining room, parlor, country store, medical room, plus more), (2nd floor includes - bedroom, Indian room, kids room, military room, sewing & laundry room, chapel, school room, plus more), (basement have tools of all kinds, sports, cobbler room, jail), plus there is 4 stall garage with agricultural displays. Many displays are on a rotation for display.

To arrange a group tour please call us at 315-232-2616. We will be glad to work with any size group. Childrens groups must meet minimum requirements for adult supervision and length of tour.

The Haights Corners District School has been moved to our site and is available to tour. We also are renovating an old log cabin from the early 1800's.

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