The Richardson-Bates House Museum


The Oswego County Historical Society was incorporated in 1896 “to discover, to collect, to preserve, and to interpret materials and objects germane to the history of Oswego County’s historical resources.”


The Richardson-Bates House Museum, owned and administered by the OCHS, is one of the most intact house museums in New York State, containing almost 90 percent of the of the original 19th century furnishings. The Richardson-Bates House Museum is a painted brick Italian villa style built in two sections(c. 1872, 1887-1889) for local attorney Maxwell Richardson (1838-1903). The circa 1872 north wing of the house was designed byRochester, New York architect Andrew Jackson Warner. Maintained as it appeared around 1890, with its exotic and opulent furniture and decorative arts, this National Register house offers a unique glimpse at Victorian America’s fascination with history, art, education, and travel.