Oswego (pop 18,142) is a small city in Central New York on the southeastern shore of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Oswego River.

Historic buildings at Bridge and First Streets


Established in 1722 as a British trading post, Oswego had a long military history and a series of fortifications as Fort Oswego (1727-1756), Fort George (1755-1756) and Fort Ontario (1755-1778, 1792-1814 and 1839-1940). Before the American Revolution (1776-1783), Oswego was British and its arch-nemesis Cataraqui (1673-1758), directly across Lake Ontario, was French. In the War of 1812, Oswego and Sackets Harbor were on the front line against British forces stationed in Canada. The city's military history ends with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division (United States) relocated away from the region during World War II; Fort Ontario then housed approximately 982 wartime Jewish refugees (August 1944-February 1946) before being turned over to New York State post-war. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970.

Get in

View across Oswego Harbor

Intercity rail, bus and air connections are available at Syracuse. Centro offers regional bus service from Oswego-Syracuse and Oswego-Fulton-Mexico.

By car
By boat

Get around


Fort Ontario


Cannon at Fort Ontario; Oswego Harbor West Pierhead Light is visible in the upper left corner



Old City Hall and Water Street Cafe



Oswego County Courthouse, built in 1860



Go next

Routes through Oswego

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