Jervis House tours offered

Jervis Public Library will host public tours of the 1858 Jervis house on the third Thursday of the month during the summer months, beginning Thursday, June 20.  

Subsequent tour dates are July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19.  Tours begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Information Desk and last approximately one hour. Space is limited, so registration is requested by calling the Information Desk at 336-4570. For more information, contact reference librarian Lori Chien at 336-4570 or

The tour will feature a walk-through of the home of library founder and prominent 19th century civil engineer John Bloomfield Jervis, located at 613 N. Washington St.


Jervis designed the Croton Aqueduct, the first reliable water supply to New York City, which was used for much of the 19th century, as well as numerous early railroads and canals.  He also designed his Greek Revival-style home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The home was established as Rome’s public library in 1895.