Over 50 years ago an abandoned school building in Norwich found new purpose. It was then that the Chenango County Historical Society acquired Ward School #2 on Rexford Street for use as a museum. Renovation began immediately on the 1896 building and soon the museum opened with exhibits spanning from the Revolutionary War period to the early 19th century.
The Chenango County Historical Society Museum has continued to expand over the years. Today the museum includes major exhibits on the Chenango Canal, Native Americans, Mormons in Chenango County, and the internationally known Norwich Pharmacal Company. Other collections include displays on early telecommunications, photography, and pioneer and Victorian life. A one-room schoolhouse and maple sugar shack are included on the museum grounds, and a History Research Center is located next to the museum building.
Half a century ago a landmark building in Norwich was saved and rehabilitated. Today, just like each of the exhibits within its rooms, the museum itself is a piece of local history on display at this stop on New York’s Path Through History.
Photos Courtesy of:
Chenango County Historian
Chenango County Historical Society