Jamestown Historical Society

Animal Stories in Jamestown

Our newest JHS exhibit, in the JHS display case in the foyer of the Jamestown Philomenian Library captures some tales about Jamestown animals – from dogs to skunks to whales – that are so much a part of the fabric of the town.


Several of the stories told in the exhibit are about the travels of our independent canines.

Until the late 19th century, Jamestown was an agricultural – mostly pastoral community.  Animals were central to its economy and its life.  Into the early 21st century, dogs roamed freely and the need for leash laws was hotly debated.

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