Oswego Public Library

Oswego Public Library

Oswego's 1857 Public Library is a classic example of the Norman Revival or "castellated" style. Its hilltop location overlooks the Oswego Canal, the Oswego River, and Lake Ontario. Abolitionist and philanthropist Gerrit Smith gave this stunning library to Oswego, the port city central to both his businesses and his Underground Railroad commitment. It is the oldest public library in New York State still occupying its original building. Photo by Haley Karr.

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