National Register Listings in
Oswego County, New York

Amboy District No. 2 Schoolhouse Ames, Leonard, Farmhouse Ames, Orson, House Arthur Tavern Barlow, Smith H., House Brosemer Brewery Buckhout-Jones Building Carley's Mills Schoolhouse CHANCELLOR (tugboat) Chandler, Peter, House Clark, Starr, Tin Shop Clarke, Edwin W. and Charlotte, House Davis, Phineas, Farmstead Derrick Boat No. 8 Edwards, John B. and Lydia, House First Baptist Church First Congregational Church and Society of Volney First National Bank of Lacona Fort Brewerton Fort Ontario Fowler-Loomis House Franklin Square Historic District Fulton Public library Green, Nathan and Clarissa, House Hamilton Farmstead Holyoke Cottage Hunter-Oliphant Block Kingsford Historic District Kingsford House Lacona Clock Tower Lacona Railroad Station and Depot Littlefield, Hamilton and Rhoda, House Market House McKenzie, John and Harriet, House Methodist Church Mexico Academy and Central School Mexico Octagon Barn Mexico Railroad Depot Mexico Stone Store, The Mexico Village Historic District Montcalm Park Historic District Mount Adnah Cemetery Northrup-Gilbert House Oak Street School Oswego and Syracuse Railroad Freight House Oswego Armory Oswego City Hall Oswego City Library Oswego County Courthouse Oswego Theater Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse Oswego Yacht Club Pease, Daniel and Miriam, House Pitt, Newton M., House Pleasant Lawn Cemetery Pontiac Hotel Pratt, John Wells, House Pulaski Village Historic District Red Mill Farm Richardson-Bates House Riverside Cemetery Sadler, Samuel, House Salisbury, Charles, M., House Sandy Creek Historic District Schroeppel House Selkirk Lighthouse Sheldon Hall Shoecraft, Matthew, House Skinner, Timothy, House Slack Farmstead Sloan, George B., Estate Smart, Fred, House St. James' Church St. John's Episcopal Church Standard Yarn Company Building State Street Methodist Episcopal Church Stillman Farmstead Stillwater Bridge Sweet Memorial Building Tanner Block Thayer Farmstead Trinity Church Tuttle, Newman, House U.S. Customhouse US Post Office-Fulton Van Buren, David, House Van Buren, John, Tavern Van Buren, Volkert, House Walton and Willett Stone Store Washington Square Historic District West Broadway Commercial Historic District Wing, Asa and Caroline, House Woodruff Block
In 1777, the Battle of Saratoga took place in upstate New York and is considered a turning point in the American Revolution. It was the first major American victory and led to France recognizing the United States as a sovereign nation and entering the war as an ally.
Oswego County, located in the state of New York, has a rich history that spans over centuries. The region was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, such as the Iroquois and the Algonquin people, who relied on the area's abundant natural resources for their sustenance and trade.

The arrival of Europeans in the 17th century brought significant changes to the area. French explorers were the first to discover the region, followed by Dutch and English settlers. The site where the city of Oswego now stands became an important trading post, attracting fur traders and leading to the establishment of Fort Oswego in 1727. The fort played a crucial role in the French and Indian War, as well as the American Revolution.

During the early 19th century, the construction of the Erie Canal brought economic prosperity to Oswego County. The canal connected the Great Lakes to the Hudson River, making Oswego a vital transportation hub for goods and people. The development of the canal also fueled the growth of industry in the county, particularly in the city of Oswego, which became a major center for shipping, manufacturing, and commerce.

In the 20th century, Oswego County's economy shifted towards manufacturing, particularly in the steel and automotive industries. The construction of power plants along the Oswego River, including the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, brought new job opportunities and bolstered the county's energy sector. Today, Oswego County continues to thrive as a center for tourism, agriculture, and renewable energy production, with attractions like the Oswego Harborfest and the Salmon River Fishing Derby drawing visitors from near and far.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Oswego County, New York.

  • 1792: Oswego County is established as one of the original counties in New York State.
  • 1796: The city of Oswego is incorporated, becoming an important port on Lake Ontario.
  • 1816: The construction of the Oswego Canal begins, connecting the city of Oswego to the Erie Canal.
  • 1828: The city of Fulton is incorporated, becoming a center for manufacturing and commerce.
  • 1836: The town of Pulaski is formed, named after the Polish general Casimir Pulaski.
  • 1850: The city of Phoenix is incorporated, known for its involvement in the salt industry.
  • 1861: Oswego County supports the Union during the American Civil War.
  • 1902: The city of Oswego experiences a major fire that destroys a significant portion of the downtown area.
  • 1950s: The St. Lawrence Seaway opens, providing access to the Great Lakes and boosting trade in Oswego County.
  • 1998: The county celebrates its bicentennial anniversary.
  • 2010: The county experiences population growth, driven by economic development activities.