Housed in a beautiful, red-bricked former mansion, the Fenton History Center is the premier site for local history and genealogy in Jamestown, New York. The museum’s informative exhibits range in topic from the history of the city to the Underground Railroad to the life of Lucille Ball, who was born in the area. There’s also the research center, another classic structure, just a short walk from the museum.
The building alone is worth a visit to the center. Named after a former governor of the state, it is an architectural gem of the 19th century, built in an Italian villa style. Let the historic building seemingly take you back in time with period rooms, a resources collection, and dozens of artifacts relating to Jamestown's industrial past.
Located in central Jamestown, the center is open daily except Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Parking on site is free. Admission is $10 for adults and $4 for children and provides access to both the museum and the research center. Guided tours are given by appointment only.