History is a collection of stories. Gouverneur has been fortunate to have benefactors whose stories and contributions of time, effort and money continue to support and enhance the community. Many individuals and families were involved in thriving, successful businesses and other endeavors. Our community still owes them a debt of gratitude.
Gouverneur's history has been well documented over the years in publications which commemorated significant events.
There are three books about Gouverneur history. Each one can be searched by using the website's Search Tool.
Many individuals have contributed to the community and are recognized as benefactors. Some were elected officials whose work and generosity contributed to the rich history of our community. Click the name below to read their story.
Sometimes you find a historical mystery in an everyday object. This was the case for Lynda H. Andrews, history detective. A unidentified Dean High School class ring had been found in the floorboards of 71 Austin Street. It had passed from one owner of the house to the next. But whose ring was it? Shouldn't it be returned to the family of this 1917 graduate?
In 1876, the people of Gouverneur erected a fountain in the Village Park to commemorate the country's 100th anniversary. In 1957, the fountain was removed. In 2010, efforts to revive this tradition are underway.