Message from the Gouverneur Historical Association:
Based on guidelines and information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) released by state and federal officials, we have made the decision to close the Gouverneur Museum to the public. The museum will remain closed until further notice.
We know it is the right choice at this time in order to best ensure the safety of our visitors and volunteers. But you can visit the Gouverneur Museum virtually… using our mobile our app. It was built for mobile devices, but can still be experienced with a computer.
The Museum in "the Manse"
The Gouverneur Museum has artifacts on three floors, an exhibit building outside, an Annex at the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fairgrounds, and an authentic one room schoolhouse.
The museum's collection was built from local donations and every object speaks to us from the past and links us to the real people who once owned it. Thanks to the generosity of area residents, the Museum houses thousands of items, many are quite unique.
The Museum's main building was built in 1904 and was once a three story Victorian home, the Presbyterian Manse. "The Manse" was purchased by the Historical Association in 1974 and opened as a museum on July 4, 1976.
In 2015, the First Presbyterian Church building next door, along with the Manse, were placed on the National Historical Registry. Read more about the history of Gouverneur's First Presbyterian Church.
Many individuals have contributed to the Gouverneur community. These sixteen profiles give you a glimpse into the lives and backgrounds of some of our historical benefactors.
Gouverneur History Online
The books are also available for purchase in the Museum Shop. However, no copies of the Sesqui-Centennial History are available, but you can read the full text here at the Museum's website.
A History 1805-1890
by Jane A.W. Parker
1805 - 1955