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.
Organized 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.
Carthage 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 Districts.
New Book Available ... Jefferson County Agricultural
|The 4 River Valleys Historical Society
currently has Dave Shampine's last book for
sale. It was finished and published after
his sad death by 4RVHS President, Nelson Eddy,
who worked with David throughout the writing
process. The book sells for $28, including
tax. Copies are available through
It is also available from the Champion Town
Clerk, Mr. Eddy and the Second Look Book Store
in Watertown. Mail orders can be arranged
Revolutionary War Soldiers Honored
On Saturday, July 29 at 11 AM, the Thousand Islands
Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution
joined with 4 River Valleys Historical Society and the
Town of Champion to honor ten Revolutionary War Soldiers
buried in Hillside Cemetery in the hamlet of Champion.
The Watertown Daily Times ran an article on it which
can be found here.
Some pictures of the day were provided courtesy of
National Register Markers Dedication
The Hiram Hubbard House was placed on the National Registry
of Historic Places in 2009. There are two markers
on the property that were given by the William G. Pomery
Foundation. These markers were dedicated on July 4,
Hiram Hubbard House
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. Additional information is also
available on our "Friends
of the Hiram Hubbard Homestead" Facebook page.
Town of Champion History Info
The 4 River Valleys Historical Society Vice-President Lynn
Thornton now has a website. On it there is quite a
bit of information relevant to the history of the town of
Champion. Visit it by
The Champion Schoolhouse
Fairgrounds Ticket Booth
The Hiram Hubbard House
Building Maintenance Fund Raising
Click here to find out more about the 4 River
Valleys Historical Society fund-raising program.
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