The 4 River Valleys
Historical Society is based in Carthage, New York. Our
mission is to interpret, preserve, collect and make available
evidence of the past and to further understand and
appreciate the prehistory and history of the areas of the Beaver, Black, Indian and
Deer River Valleys.
in 1977, the society averages over 600 members. We
have published several books which are now available on this web
site in Items for Sale.
Some of our holdings include Trinity Chapel, the first
Champion one room school, the Jefferson County Fairground
Ticket Booth, the Woolworth Memorial Church and the Hiram
Hubbard House. Click on
the pictures at the right to learn more about these buildings.
lies on the border of Lewis County, so the society covers part
of Lewis as well as the western townships of Jefferson County. This area includes parts of the townships of Theresa,
Philadelphia, Antwerp, LeRay, Wilna, and Champion.
Our 21 directors represent the various communities
within the area. The Society collects material from the three school districts: Copenhagen Central, Carthage Central, and Indian River Central School
4 River Valleys Historical Society has acquired the Hiram
Hubbard house in Champion, NY. Mr. Hubbard was a founder of
Champion. Descendents of his family presented the deed to
the beautiful fieldstone house to the historical society on
November 15, 2005. This acquisition also includes 8.02
acres at the Hubbard site. There are plans for a reference
room and an education room. Donations
may be made in memory of or in honor of a friend,
relative and/or loved one. 4RVHS member Lynn Thornton has composed a web
page describing the house and giving some history on it. Click
here to learn more.
your collectable Hiram Hubbard Homestead Ornament
from the 4 River Valleys Historical Society. Download
the order form here.
4 River Valleys Historical Society is making available the
Jefferson County Bicentennial Tapestry Throw,
CELEBRATING 200 YEARS 2005
. Click here to read
more about this beautiful tapestry or to order it on-line.
A new article has been posted ... Paranormal
Investigation at the HHH in Champion, New York ...
posted January 18, 2012
Waterfalls of New
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 nnywaterfalls.com.
Bend and Deferiet
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. Click
here to download the order form.
Carthage and West Carthage by Lynn Thornton
may purchase an autographed copy of Lynn's book ... click here to download an order form.
The Champion Schoolhouse
Fairgrounds Ticket Booth
Woolworth Memorial Church
The Hiram Hubbard House
Maintenance Fund Raising
here to find out more about the 4 River Valleys Historical Society
Counter reset on