President:  Nelson Eddy (315)523-3923 VP:  Lynn Thornton Secretary:  Midge Cleland Treasurer:  Samdra Hubbard Corresponding Secretary:  Glenda Eddy(315)782-1869


4RVHS Items For Sale

All of the products on this page are available for purchase from the 4 River Valleys Historical Society.

To make a purchase, download the order form here.  Complete the form, and mail it in, following the instructions on it.  You must have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to download the order form.  If you need Acrobat Reader, click the graphic at the right.  After downloading, close that window and return to this window.

2015 Christmas Ornament
Ornament The brass ornament of the Hiram Hubbard Homestead measures 2-1/2" by 1-1/2".  It is presented in an attractive gift box that has a short history of the Homestead on the back​.  It can be yours for $10 or mailed to you for $12.00. These may also be picked up at Lynn's home, the CRT and the Town of Champion Clerk's office. All proceeds go to help renovations of the HHH.

Champion, Great Bend and Deferiet
by Lynn Thornton and Janet Zando
Champion, Great Bend and Deferiet Lynn Thornton is the town of Champion historian, Board Member of 4 RVHS and a retired West Carthage elementary schoolteacher. She has partnered with Janet Zando, a charter member of the 4RVHS and Village of Deferiet historian to bring you the history of Champion, Great Bend and Deferiet. Janet is a registered Dental Hygienist and is currently employed part-time at the North Country Children’s Clinic.

Janet and Lynn hope that this new look at 

the three communities that grew around the turn of the century will shed some light on the connections between them. There are many people who have relatives in two of the villages, some who lived in one and worked in another, people who moved away but retain a fierce connection with their old community – sometimes the farther away we move, the stronger the pull of our roots. We hope it will bring people closer to their origins by providing a common ground for discussion, sharing of memories and appreciation of their heritage

Find out more! You may purchase an autographed copy through 4 River Valleys Historical Society in person or by mail or you may attend one of the many book signings planned throughout the area. 

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Around Carthage and West Carthage
by Lynn Thornton
Around Carthage
Early settlers followed the Black River up to Long Falls, the present site of Carthage and West Carthage, where they found fertile land and dense forests along the rushing waters. The river ran between the two villages and gave life to the young communities. Many industries, dependent on the waterpower, were established along the lower eastern bank, with businessmen settling on the highlands of the west bank. Mills sprang up where blinds, lumber, and furniture were manufactured, and planning mills, tanneries, and pulp mills flourished. After a devastating fire, which destroyed mills on both sides of the river, the focus of industry moved almost entirely to pulp and paper. By the early 20th century, the industry ushered in a golden age for the Twin Villages.  Numerous pictures make this book by Lynn Thornton of interest to all natives and visitors.

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Waterfalls of New York State
by Scott Ensminger, David J. Schryver and Ed Smathers
Waterfalls of New York State Although not a book on history, "Waterfalls of New York State" contains entries about several waterfalls in the north country.  It was co-authored by Watertown native David J. Schryver.  Schryver is also the webmaster of the 4RVHS website.  This book can be purchased at the 4 River Valleys Historical Society or at many of their events.  You can learn more about this book at

Unknown Museums of Upstate New York
by Chuck D'Imperio
Unknown Museums An informative and entertaining guide to the rich resources available at fifty small, often overlooked, regional museums.  Even those familiar with the upstate area are unlikely to have visited or even heard of some of the treasures this guide unearths, such as the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, the Kazoo Museum, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum.  These are some of the gems of Upstate New York, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find them without this guide.

Price is $28.00, shipping is $2.50

Stone Houses of Jefferson County
edited by Maureen Hubbard Barros, Brian W. Gorman and Robert A. Uhlig, with photoraphs by Richard Margolis
Stone Houses Jefferson County, New York, has one of the richest concentrations of stone houses in America. As many as 500 stone houses, churches, and commercial buildings were built there before 1860. Some of the buildings are beautiful mansions built by early entrepreneurs, and others are small vernacular farmhouses. Some are clustered together; others dot the countryside near stone outcroppings. Embedded in the fabric of each building are the stories of its location, its maker, and those who have lived there.

Lavishly illustrated with almost 300 photographs, this volume highlights eighty-five stone houses in the region. The editors explore both the beauty and permanence of the stonework and the courage and ambition of the early dwellers. They detail the ways in which skilled masons utilized local limestone and sandstone, crafting double-faced stone walls to protect against fire and harsh winters. The book includes discussions of the geology of the region, the stone buildings that have been lost, and the preservation and care of existing structures.

Stone Houses of Jefferson County provides a fascinating look at the intrinsic beauty of these buildings and the historical links they provide to our early settlement.

Price is $50.00, Shipping is $5.00

Hiram Hubbard Homestead Notepaper
Note Cards Printed in full color on heavy card stock, the note paper includes a brief history of the Homestead on the back.  Six card/six envelope sets can be obtained from Nelson or Lynn for $10.00 or by mail for $12.00.

Many of David Shampine's books are available through us ...
  New York’s North Country and the Civil War   $21.50 or $24.00 by mail
Tales of Times Gone By
      $23.50 or $26.00 by mail
The Murder of Irene Izak    $21.50 or $24.00 by mail
The Egan Murders               $21.50 or $24.00 by mail

The Jefferson County Bicentennial Tapestry Throw


"A Warm Memento"

This custom-designed throw is a wonderful accent to any chair, sofa, bed or table.  It is sure to become a treasured heirloom.  Click here to download an order form.

History of Jefferson County 

Pictured is a description of the structures in this tapestry throw.

CHAMPION is represented by the Congregationalist Church, the first church in the County.  Dedicated on December 25, 1816, they also rang the bell that had been donated by General Henry Champion.  This structure was purchased in 1912 by the Champion Grange #18.

JEFFERSON COUNTY COURT HOUSE-  The first term (of  record) of the County Court was the second Tuesday of May in 1807 at the schoolhouse south of Jonathan Cowan's mill in the Village of Watertown.  In 1809, the court moved to a new court house on land donated by Henry Coffeen.  Burning in 1821, it was replaced by a stone structure that fell in such disrepair it had to be replaced within forty years.  Construction of the new court house was started in 1861 and completed in 1862. ( From information compiled by Benjamin Cobb, Jefferson County Historian, June 2003).

RUTLAND- The Eddy Homestead represents Rutland.  Enoch Eddy arrived in 1799 and this home was built in 1847 and has never been out of possession of the Eddy family.

WATERTOWN- Henry Coffeen arrived in Watertown in 1800.  He built his first home on the north side of the American Corner and in 1803 laid out a road from this corner across his land to the Black river where he and Andrew Edmunds bridged the river at the present site of the Court Street bridge.

ELLISBURG-  The Geddingsville Bridge was built in 1870 in the Town of Ellisburg.  It was one of very few covered bridges in Jefferson County.  It was a "pony truss" over Sandy Creek.  The bridge collapsed in 1910.  

ADAMS-  The Adams Collegiate Institute was establised in 1855.  Before it was fully organized General Solon D. Hungerford offered a large endowment and the Basswood Hotel by the Railroad Station that was built by Sidney Mendell.  The school was renamed the "Hungerford Collegiate Institute" on March 24, 1864.

LORRAINE- Lorraine was the site of the Old Red House, an Underground Railroad Station, built in 1824.

BROWNVILLE- General Jacob brown began to build his home in Brownville in 1811, the war of 1812 intervened and the mansion was not furnished until 1814.

ROSWELL P. FLOWER MANSION  Roswell P. Flower, a native of Jefferson County, became a prominent congressman and later, in 1892, the governor of New York State.  The big white house at 175 Arsenal Street originally was the home of Flower's noted father-in-law Norris W. Woodruff.  Mr. Woodruff replaced the original stone house with a more pretentious frame house about 1829.  This became the nucleus of the Flower mansion for Governor Flower greatly expanded and improved it after the came into possession of the property.  This home was later used as the Jefferson County Office Building on Arsenal Street.  The house was razed in 1963 to made room for the present 7 story portion of the County Office Building.

F. W. WOOLWORTH BIRTHPLACE 1852  Rodman was the birthplace of F. W. Woolworth, the five and dime mogul.  A modest farm house, situated off Zoar Road, on a little dead end road amidst the rolling landscape of Rutland Hills in the town of Rodman, was Frank's birthplace.  The Woolworth family moved to Great Bend when Frank was seven years old.  (Taken from

Woven in full color.  100% pre-washed cotton.  50"x65" Fully Fringed.  Made in USA

Available for only $54.95  Tax: $4.40 plus $5.00 Shipping & Handling  Save by picking up your order.

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The Charles Eberle Diary

The 4 River Valleys Historical Society has joined with the Germantown Historical Society in presenting this day-by-day look into the life of a farmer in Jefferson County, New York between 1821 and 1825.

Charles Eberle settled in what is now part of Fort Drum, in an area just off Route 26, on Bedlam Road, and farmed there with his wife, daughter and sons.  Find out more about life in the 1800's; reserve our own copy now.

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The History of Theresa
Written by Theresa Historical Publications Committee and 4 River Valleys Historical Society
You will find over 200 pages in this book intended not as the complete history but rather as an overview of Theresa's history.  There are 13 chapters in Volume I & II. The book includes pictures of Theresa and maps. Some of the chapters are: Earliest Habitation - Paleo-Indian, Culture, Algonquin and Iroquois' Earliest Exploration, First White Settlers, Early Settlement of Theresa - Clearings, Mills, Settlers, Businesses, Post Office, and the disastrous fires of 1859 and 1890. Some families mentioned are: The Bodman family, The Hoover Family, The Yost Family, the Pool Family; others; James de LeRay Chaumont, Roswell Flower and Orin Wilcox.  Churches, schools and homes of Theresa are also mentioned.  Also included is Volume III 2004 , "Chronological History of Theresa " by Gerald W. Desormeau. 

Cost $20 plus $3.95 for shipping & handling.

4 River Valleys Historical Society Coverlet
Beautiful multicolored tapestry coverlet with favorite sites and landmarks from around the 4 Valleys.  Jacquard woven in 100% full color cotton.  Machine washable, 50"x65" and fringed.

Cost (includes tax): $44.95 + $5.00 Shipping & handling.

The 4 Rivers Cookbook
Edited by Jane Collins

A collection of recipes by the Society members.  134 pages of delicious food to cook and bake.

Cost (includes tax): $8.95 + $2.00 Shipping & handling

Drum Taps In Dixie
by Delavan S. Miller

This is the story of Mr. Miller's activities in the Civil War at the age of 13.  Memories of a drummer boy, 1861 - 1865

Cost (includes tax): $8.95+ $2.00 Shipping & handling

A Drum's Story And Other Tales
by Delavan S. Miller
A sequel to Drum Taps in Dixie.  Some tales in this volume are: A Veteran And His Grandchildren, Story Of The Second Bull Run, and Jefferson County In The War For The Union and Taps.

Cost ( includes tax): $12.95 + $2.00 Shipping & handling

They Called Me Chuckie
by Charles M. Brownell
Memoirs of Charles Brownell as a young 11 year old boy during the Great Carthage, NY Fire of 1884.  In this book he vividly recalls the fire, the panic, the valiant efforts to save the village as he watched Carthage burn.

Please note that this book is now out of print, but we have a few library discards in good condition.  This is what you will be receiving.

Cost ( includes tax): $12.00 + $3.00 Shipping & handling

St. Patrick’s Sweet Tooth Delights

This book is the first of a series of "Irish Treats" cooking. It is published in honor of Watertown Goes Green—Irish Festival held in Watertown, NY. 

Cost (includes tax): $3.95 + $1.50 Shipping & handling

Old Irish Crocks & Pots

This book is the second of the "Irish Treats" cookbooks. This features many delicious casseroles.

Cost (includes tax): $3.95 + $1.50 Shipping & handling

Kettle Kuts of Killarney
This is the third book of the "Irish Treats" cookbooks.

Cost (includes tax): $3.95 + $1.50 Shipping & handling 

Adirondack Tragedy (The Gillette Murder Case of 1906)
by Joseph W. Brownell & Patricia A Wawrzaszek

This is about the true story of the crime of the century portraying the Gillette murder case.   The 1906 death of Grace Brown at Big Moose Lake and the conviction of Chester Gillette.  

Cost  (includes tax): $10.65 + $2.95 Shipping & handling

A Coloring Book of our Past
by Artist Ron Collins

A pictorial and historical experience through the talented artistry of Ron Collins.

The drawings are of the different historical buildings of our area.  For example: Birthplace of Roswell P. Flower, Governor of NY State in Theresa, NY, Joseph Bonaparte House, Natural Bridge, NY , Town of Diana, The LeRay Mansion erected between 1825-1827, Town of LeRay. It was built for James Donotien LeRay de Chaumont.

Cost (includes tax): $ 5.75 + $1.95 Shipping & handling

Whispers from the Past
by Harold I. Sanderson

This book lists the veterans who entered the Civil War through Jefferson County.  Over 3,000 names are listed.

Cost (includes tax): $ 16.00 + $2.95 Shipping & handling

The Challenge
 by Alice Eddy Oakes

Story of the Eddy family while traveling from Kent County, England to Plymouth, MA, Vermont and to New York.

Cost (includes tax): $26.45 + $3.95 Shipping & handling

4 River Valleys Historical Society Journals
Volumes 1-5, Journals, May 1978-December 1982

These Journals were originally printed as individual issues. For the purpose of preserving history the Society has reprinted and bound these journals in 5-year increments.  This is our first reprint of the 5-year bound issues. Included is Table of Contents, listings of Photographs and Illustrations and an Alphabetical Listing of Names mentioned in the journals. 

Cost (includes tax): $23.75 + $3.95 Shipping & handling

An Old Fashioned Christmas
 by Laura Lynne Scharer

A 19th Century Holiday in Jefferson County. The book tells of the customs, which became part of the American Christmas celebration in the 19th Century- most especially between 1850 and 1900. There is even a recipe for Cranberry Pie and Banana Fritters.

Cost (includes tax): $9.00 + $1.95 Shipping & handling

Irish Coverlet
A green and off white throw, approximately 50"x65" portraying the Castles of Ireland.

Cost (includes tax): $42.80 + $5.00 shipping & handling


JACKET- This jacket is a nylon windbreaker jacket.  It is royal blue and has the 4 River Valleys Historical Society Emblem embroidered on the front.

This jacket can be purchased with a flannel or quilted lining.  Sizes are Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large

Cost of jacket $49.95 and up + $5.00 Shipping & handling

Ceramic Trivet of the Great Carthage Fire-Centennial - 1884-1984
The Great Carthage Fire of 1884 is shown in this 6"x6" ceramic trivet, or, it can be hung on wall.
Cost (includes tax)  $5.35 + $2.00 Shipping & handling

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