We Have A Story to Tell

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The Marvin House
The Marvin House

The Fenton History Center and the Marvin House are working together to bring local history to life for our community. Both of our historic homes have come up with a brand-new tour experience that will bring visitors closer to the families and individuals that helped make Jamestown great. We have a story to tell and are pleased to present an opportunity for community members to tour our homes and to hear our stories.

The history and home tours are available at a special discounted admission fee each Saturday, 10am – 2pm, during May. Admission fee of $10 includes self-guided tours of both homes. Obtain this special admission pass at either home upon arrival.

History comes alive during your visit to the beautiful Italianate mansion of New York State’s Governor Reuben Fenton. The mansion, built in 1863 now serves as the Fenton History Center. Visitors will learn about the vibrant history of our region, the industrious people who lived here and the community that was created by their efforts.

The Fenton History Center
The Fenton History Center

The Marvin House, a stunning example of EGW Dietrich’s “shingle style” architecture, is the backdrop as you travel back in time to another period of history. Vastly different architectural design styles intermingle with one another to produce an environment of enchantment enjoyed by the upper class in 1900. The self-guided home tour is infused with the story of the influential family occupying the residence at the turn of the 20th century.

Hear our stories on Saturdays in May, 10am – 2pm. The Fenton History Center, 67 Washington Street, Jamestown, offers ample free parking and first floor is fully handicap accessible. The Marvin House, 2 W. Fifth Street, Jamestown offers free on-street parking on Saturdays and all floors are handicap accessible. Covid-19 protocols are in place at both sites.

Contact Fenton History Center, 664-6256 or the Marvin House, 488-6206 with inquiries.