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.


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Events - Brown Bag Lunch Programs


Peculiar Institutions: Poorhouses of New York State

Wednesday May 24, 2017 12 – 1:30 pm

Few today know that poorhouses were one time a staple in many New York communities. At once the embodiment of society’s benevolence toward the less fortunate and the place where man’s darker side sometimes flourished, poorhouses and the poorhouse movement have much to teach us. Beginning with the European almshouse, this presentation explores what poorhouses were, how they developed, who they were meant to serve, who they really benefitted and what social forces led to their creation and their changing over time. Issues such as changing views about poverty, mental illness and children are explored. Also, as this presentation focuses primarily on poorhouses in New York, the end of slavery in 1827 and its impact on the poorhouse movement is incorporated into the presentation.

Lecture made possible through a grant from Humanities NY


 History of the Lewis County General Hospital

Tuesday June 13, 2017

Presented by Michele Prince and Christina Flint

Community Relations

Lewis County General Hospital


In 1929, the citizens of Lewis County decided they needed a local hospital.  In 1930, the County of Lewis purchased the land for the county hospital on the top of a hill leading into town.  The cost of the land was $4,500.  In 1930, the construction of the hospital began.  Seven months later, in August 1931, the construction phase ended and a brand new healthcare facility opened its doors to a grateful community.  It was a sturdy building of solid brick with six towering white posts marking the main entrance.  Today, 86 years later, the main campus encompasses 14.5 acres and offers over 220,000 square feet of floor space dedicated to the provision of high quality healthcare to the residents of the tri-county area.

From new buildings, services and equipment, to an ever-changing healthcare environment, plan to join us at the Lewis County Historical Society to find out how the facility has changed and evolved to meet the needs of the residents in Lewis County since 1931.


For more information please contact the Historical Society at 376-8957 or at lewiscountyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com. 




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