Chenango County, NY
Travel and Tourism Guide

Historical Museums

The following are a list of Museums that contain the historical roots of Chenango County.  Visit each one to see the exciting artifacts they have collected from the area and learn about the past.   

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  • Chenango County Historical Museum
    45 Rexford Street, Norwich, NY 
    The primary organization dedicated to actively and comprehensively preserving the history of Chenango County, CCHS celebrates local culture – unique traditions, noteworthy residents, and unusual stories. Museum visitors are immersed in the center of Chenango County's past through exhibits exploring the rich history of the local region.   First established in 1939, CCHS received an absolute charter in 1956. Ward School No. 2 was acquired in 1958 with renovations beginning immediately. Since reopening as a museum in 1962, Ward School No. 2 has been the home of the CCHS for more than five decades. The campus has expanded greatly since then, with the acquisition of the one-room Ross Schoolhouse (Preston), Loomis Barn (Tyner), a maple sugar house, and the Chenango Canal building, home to packet boat model the "Lillie."

    February through December weekday hours of operation: Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
    Mid-May through Mid-October weekend hours of operation: Saturday, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  

Jessica Moquin, Executive Director; Jane Huntley, Bookkeeper

  • Paperback Book Exchange

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 77 Silver St., Norwich, NY.
Also known as the PBX, the Paperback Exchange allows visitors to trade in previously read fiction paperback books in exchange for store credit towards future purchases of books in the shop. This low-cost opportunity to refresh personal libraries is an ideal way to promote literacy and support the mission of CCHS.
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - 10 am until 4 pm Saturday - 10 am until 1 pm

  • James S. Flanagan History Research Facility, 43 Rexford Street, Norwich, NY.
    Located inside the Research Center, the Chenango County Historian's Office (https://www.co.chenango.ny.us/historian/) has a wealth of information to aid in the search for genealogy or local history. Resources include: Census Records, Cemetery Records, Company Records, Family Files, DAR Records, Town Histories, Will Directories, Vital Statistics
  • Afton Museum
    Afton, NY
    The Afton Museum contains a house and a barn filled with exhibits.  Inside the house, history unfolds as you pass through each themed room.  In the barn are more exhibits on milking, laundry and tools.  Inside there is a doll room, military room and Indian room, just to name a few.   There are artifacts from Afton families, including an original collection from the Civil War in the military room, as well as an old fashioned tread mill and small farm equipment.  There is also a mantle piece from the Joseph Smith Mormon House. 
    Open by appointment for individuals and groups. Admission is Free. The Museum is open Saturdays,10 am- 2 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day, or by appointment by calling, 607-693-1408.
  • Bainbridge Historical Society (http://www.facebook.com/BainbridgeNYHistoricalSociety)
  • Coventry Museum and the Coventry Town Museum Association
    Coventry, NY
    By appointment only. Contact Phyllis Lerwick, Historian, at (607) 656-9517.
  • Greene Museum
    Moore Memorial Library
    59 Genesee Street, Greene, NY
    Collection includes Indian Artifacts, World War I items, and Greene Historical items.   Open 2nd Saturday of every month, year round, and by appointment.  There is no admission charge.
  • Guilford Historical Society (http://www.facebook.com/GuilfordNyHistory)
  • McDonough, NY History Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1162004763814629/about/)  
  • New Berlin Library and Museum (http://libraries.4cls.org/newberlin/wp/)  
  • Otselic Valley Fishing & Heritage Association (http://www.facebook.com/ovfish)  
  • Oxford Historical Society (http://www.oxfordny.com/community/groups/historical.php)  
  • Plymouth Historical Society (no active link)
  • Unadilla Valley Historical Museum/Mt Upton Historical Society
    Route 8, PO Box 135,
    Mt Upton, NY  13809
    The Museum sits on the south end of town in the old railroad depot.  Summer hours: Sunday 2-4 PM and by appointment.  Contact Jane Winchester at (607) 764-8375
  • Northeast Classic Car Museum
    NYS Route 23-24 Rexford Street,
    Norwich, NY
    The Northeast Classic Car Museum is an educational facility that collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits vehicles related to the evolution of transportation, with particular emphasis on the role of the automobile and its impact on American culture. The largest collection of Franklin luxury cars in the world, plus many other extremely rare and unique models and manufacturers.  Fascinating examples of early technological advances and much more.  Hours: open 7 days per week from 9 am-5 pm. Every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days.  Call for car club and group tour special arrangements.   Handicapped accessible.
    (607) 334-AUTO
  • Oxford Historical Society Museum
    Depot Street, Oxford, NY

    A small Train Depot located on Depot Street, Oxford.  The museum pertains to Oxford's history and has a vast collection of railroad memorabilia. 
    Open Thursday 1PM-3PM,  July thru Dec. or by appt.
    (607) 843-9926
  • Plymouth Historical Society Depot
    Plymouth, NY 

    An old railroad station that has been restored. It is now owned by the historical society.  It's open on Plymouth Days during July 12th and 13th.  Inside there are a few small exhibits that pertain to the Railroad and Cheese.
    Open by appointment (607) 3349721

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