Gov. Reuben Fenton Mansion

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Gov. Reuben Fenton Mansion, November 2010
Gov. Reuben Fenton Mansion is located in New York
Gov. Reuben Fenton Mansion
Location 68 S. Main St., Jamestown, New York
Coordinates 42°5′29″N 79°14′20″W / 42.09139°N 79.23889°W / 42.09139; -79.23889Coordinates: 42°5′29″N 79°14′20″W / 42.09139°N 79.23889°W / 42.09139; -79.23889
Built 1863
Architectural style Italian Villa
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 72000824[1]
Added to NRHP October 18, 1972

Gov. Reuben Fenton Mansion, also known as Walnut Grove, is a historic home located at Jamestown in Chautauqua County, New York. It is an Italian Villa style residence built in 1863. The home features a four story tower. It was the home of Reuben Fenton (1819–1885). In 1919, the city of Jamestown acquired the property as a Soldiers and Sailors Memorial.

It has been home to the Fenton History Center since 1964.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]

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After the Fenton family lived in the mansion, it was vacant for many years before veteran's associations began to occupy the building. During World War II, it was a recruitment center. It was also home to a chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic until the last Civil War veteran died. In 1964, the Fenton History Center was established as a museum. In 2013, the adjacent Hall House was purchased to use as a research library.

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