About Us

Exploring the culture of Chenango County through preservation and presentation of our local heritage.

Our Mission

The mission of CCHS is to explore the culture of Chenango County – its unique traditions and noteworthy stories – through the preservation and presentation of our local heritage.


First established in 1939, the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) received an absolute charter in 1956. Ward School No. 2 was acquired in 1958 with renovations beginning immediately. Since reopening as a museum in 1962, Ward School No. 2 has been the home of the CCHS.

The campus has expanded greatly since then, with the acquisition of the one-room Ross Schoolhouse (Preston), Loomis Barn (Tyner), a maple sugar house, and the Chenango Canal building, home to packet boat model the “Lillie.”

CCHS Heritage Wall Of Honor

The CCHS Wall of Honor is both a meaningful way to recognize someone and a thoughtful way to support our mission. A $100 (tax-deductible) donation can be made to honor any individual affiliated with Chenango County. The name, primary occupation and/or activity, birth year and death year (if applicable) will be displayed on the Chenango’s Heritage Wall of Honor located in the Ward School No. 2 main entrance, as well as the “Virtual Wall of Honor” on the CCHS website. Click here for an application. (Please be sure to include a high resolution image (300 dpi) of the individual for the virtual Wall of Honor as well.)


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