Leading and supporting the advancement of research, education, and enjoyment of Chenango County history.
Be immersed in the center of Chenango County’s past and explore the rich history of our region.
The mission of CCHS is to lead and support the advancement of research, education, and enjoyment of Chenango County history.
CCHS celebrates the culture of Chenango County – its unique traditions, noteworthy residents, and unusual stories. Museum visitors are immersed in the center of Chenango County’s past through exhibits exploring the rich history of our local region.
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.)