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The Essex County Historical Society is dedicated to fostering a knowledge and appreciation of our county’s past by collecting, preserving, and interpreting tangible reminders of the men and women who have preceded us in this place. Through our museum, research library, and public programs, we seek to provide opportunities for people to encounter their human kin across time and to make connections between the past and the present.


We are committed to making the Library accessible to the public, while adhering to the highest standards of current special collections and archival practices for our precious materials.

Actively, we encourage the community to explore the past by utilizing our diverse resources. We offer a variety of research services for personal, commercial, and/or non-profit researchers for a nominal fee. These fees aid in the preservation, conservation, and continual project of digitizing our special collections Library & Archives.


The Adirondack History Center Museum displays artifacts from over two centuries of life in Essex County and the central Adirondacks.


Created in 1956 and adjacent to the museum, the Colonial Garden features many varieties of flowers, native plants, trees and shrubs in a formal setting patterned after the gardens of Hampton Court, England and Colonial Williamsburg.