WATERTOWN – The Jefferson County Historical Society will open its doors free of charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as part of Smithsonian magazine’s ninth annual Museum Day Live.
This nationwide event offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.
“If you are new to the community or haven’t stopped by the museum recently, this is a wonderful opportunity to explore the mansion, view the exhibits, and see the beautiful Victorian garden while it is still in bloom,” said Jessica Phinney, Jefferson County Historical Society executive director.
The Jefferson County Historical Society is home to a large collection of archival documents, historic photographs and paintings. The museum also features furniture, an impressive costume collection, and objects with military, domestic and rural origins. Housed in the historic Paddock Mansion, formerly the home of Edwin and Olive Paddock, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are currently two exhibits being featured in the galleries: “Textiles & Treasures” showcases Jefferson County quilts, coverlets and samplers spanning more than 200 years, and an exhibit titled “Gems” features rarely seen objects from the collection.
Also open to visitors are the Victorian Gardens, mid-19th century Pink Schoolhouse, carriage barn featuring antique cars and carriages, and the early 19th century log cabin.
Museum Day Live tickets are available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday.
Visitors who present a ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.
For more information and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, visit Smithsonian.com/museumday. oJefferson County Historical Society