The New York State Board of Regents granted a charter to the Madison County Historical Society on March 29, 1900

 The Madison County Historical Society’s mission is to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance the county’s heritage for the people of Madison County and those studying the county’s heritage.  The society’s headquarters, Cottage Lawn, located in Oneida, is an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa designed by prominent architect Alexander Jackson Davis.  Cottage Lawn is preserved and operated as a historic museum.

The Madison County Historical Society, located in Oneida, NY, is housed in a beautifully designed  19th century Gothic Revival Villa designed by Alexander Jackson Davis who felt that architecture should be in harmony with nature. The brick masonry home has a stucco façade and the characteristic Gothic Revival architectural features of gothic pointed gables, steep high pitched roofs, and carved verge boards.   Also on the grounds is  a board and batten carriage barn.

The museum is furnished with period pieces from the Higinbotham collection along with Madison County artifacts presented throughout the 19th century home.  Read more.

Become a member

Join the Madison County Historical Society and be part of preserving our county’s proud heritage for all studying Madison County.  Your support ensures  the continuation of programming and preservation of a historic county treasure. For more information about membership, call 315.363.4136 or email sydney@mchs1900.org. Read more.


Hours, Tours and Mary King Genealogical Research Library

The Museum is open Monday—Friday from 10  am– 4 pm. The museum is closed on all  major holidays.

Guided House Tours are offered Monday– Friday  from 10 am– 2 pm (please call ahead to schedule a tour). The society does not offer self-guided tours.

Mary King  Genealogical and Research Library  is open Monday—Friday– 10 am– 4 pm (please call ahead to schedule  a research appointment). The Mary King Genealogical and Research Library  is closed on all major holidays. Read more.

Join us for our Special Events throughout the year!Click on the special event image below for more information!