Our Current Projects are..

General Walter Martin Mansion

Stow Square Monument

We have a wide variety of resources for your family research needs. Genealogy research requests can be made with Lewis County Historical Society.




Find more at our

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Temporarily Operating A Bit Differently

The Lewis County Historical Society is currently operating, but in a capacity that is a bit different than usual.

We are staffed and operating on our normal schedule several days a week – during which we work largely by email, phone and online access to help people with research, make plans for the development and scheduling of post-pandemic events and programs, answer questions and inquiries directed to us, and otherwise just generally try to be of help. As always, our research remains free to the public. And, of course, we continue our efforts to preserve, present and promote the history and stories of Lewis County and its environs.

In an effort to minimize the risk of the spread of Covid-19 in our community, and in compliance with State, Federal and local guidelines and public health requirements, we are planning on a gradual and safe re-opening of our downtown Lowville office. While we remain temporarily closed to walk-in visits, we are working to accommodate our members and the community-at-large who have a demonstrated need for our assistance.

We currently allow access to our on-site research facilities by prior-approved appointment. All visitors are subject to governmental and public health recommended safety measures, and everyone must wear appropriate face masks at all times, socially distance, and abide by our general health and safety practices. While these temporary measures may seem inconvenient, we abide them not only for the sake of the health of our members and the public, but for the benefit or our great community.

We look forward to hearing from you and doing what we can to be of assistance. In the meantime, wear your facemasks, wash your hands, stay at an appropriate social distance and be safe.

Lewis County in the Time of Corona

We are all living through an historic moment in time – one that should be preserved for future generations. The Lewis County Historical Society is asking the public and other community organizations to collect, keep and ultimately submit to the Historical Society videos, photos, recordings, art, songs, oral histories, journals, diaries, sealed letters to as yet unborn generations, and other writings that will help tell the story of this novel coronavirus pandemic.

See our Press Release here.

See our Instructions and Questionnaire here.


Our contact information remains: lewiscountyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or (315) 376-8957. Email is generally easier for us to address.


Here at the Lewis County Historical Society we seek to instill a broader appreciation of the present through a deeper understanding of our past. Our mission is to preserve, present and promote the works and stories of Lewis County and its environs – the Tug Hill plateau, the Black River valley and the western Adirondacks – and to use our people, funding, collections, programming and partnerships to be Lewis County’s pre-eminent place for historical preservation, community education and involvement, and heritage tourism. You will find that our Society can be described many ways: an educational institution; a preservation society; a group of historians with collections; a museum and exhibit hall; a recorder of history; a teller of stories; a visitors center; a performance space; or even just an decent and enjoyable bunch of people dedicated to trying to improve our North County community. We are all that and more.

View the History of each Township in Lewis County!

Please follow the Lewis County Historical Society on our website, Facebook page and through other social media. We will communicate to you through these and other outlets.

We welcome new members and volunteers. We have many events and projects throughout the year. Become a member, make a donation, or contact us if you are interested in volunteer opportunities for yourself or your group.


Our gift shop offers a wide variety of commemorative ornaments, books, and other unique items………


Great Gift Ideas!


 Visit our Gift Shop for gift items with many new and interesting local historical books and featuring commemorative ornaments, unique local gifts, and Hough's famous "History of Lewis County, NY." Also, 2 new DVDs "Little Ditch, the Black River Canal" and "Fort Drum, the First 100 Years".



16 Historical Videos on YouTube



Even though we're rooted in history, we're working hard to make a mark in the 21st century. Beside our website we also have a Facebook page. Follow us there!































































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