Why You Need to Check out the Fenton History Center

Are you interested in learning the history of Chautauqua County? Then head over to the Fenton History Center during your next stay at The Spencer Hotel & Spa! Named for the 25th Governor of New York, this museum features exhibits that focus on specific eras of Chautauqua County’s history. Since the displays are frequently rotated, this is the perfect place for repeat visitors to the Chautauqua area. Find out everything you need to know about this great attraction!

While you’re checking out the Fenton History Center, why not see some of the other great things to do in Jamestown, NY? From the Lucy Desi Museum & Comedy Center to the Audubon Community Nature Center, there are so many great places to see. Access our free Vacation Guide for a complete list of our favorite things to do in Chautauqua County. Our free guide is online, so it is accessible from any mobile device. You’ll never be without a trusted recommendation for a great restaurant or theater. Access our Vacation Guide today!

Visit the Fenton History Center

Nestled in Jamestown, NY (just a 30-minute drive from The Spencer Hotel & Spa), the Fenton History Center is housed in the former family home of New York’s 25th Governor, Reuben Fenton. The museum is open from Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is just $10 per person, so it’s a great and inexpensive way to spend your day!

Look Back at the History of Chautauqua

The exhibits at the Fenton History Center are changed seasonally, so you never quite know what you’ll find. One of the permanent displays includes antiques and period rooms that are authentic to the Fenton mansion. You’ll also find genealogical materials within the museum, which is great for any out-of-state visitors looking to find information on family members who lived in Chautauqua County.

Tour the Museum

The Fenton History Center offers guided tours by appointment. If you are interested exploring the exhibits, home, and artifacts in-depth, be sure to call ahead to check if anything can be arranged. Walk-in visitors are encouraged to take the self-guided tour, which comes with an informative booklet as well as a brief overview of the museum.

Purchase a Souvenir

After you’ve enjoyed your time at the Fenton History Center, be sure to stop by the gift shop! There are plenty of great books, replica artifacts, and beautiful handcrafted items to purchase. Whether you’re shopping for a loved one at home or finding something to add to your personal collection, this is a great place to purchase a souvenir.

Stay at The Spencer Hotel & Spa

After your day of learning at the Fenton History Center, return to The Spencer Hotel & Spa for a relaxing night. We are centrally located in Chautauqua, NY, just steps away from the famous Institution. Our bed and breakfast offers spa services that are sure to relax and rejuvenate you! Enjoy a calming massage or a soothing manicure during your stay at our beautiful inn.

Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.