Events Focusing on History in Madison County


Here are some upcoming events that shine a light on Madison County’s history:

Wednesday September 1 – At 4 pm, the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will host a special 8-part lecture series by author Norman K. Dann entitled “Abolition, Underground Railroad and Women’s Rights”. The fifth presentation is “Elizabeth Smith Miller: Quiet Advocate”. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit www.PeterboroNY.org.

Tuesday September 7 – 6:00 p.m., the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host Tuesday on the towpath. There is no charge for this event. One must reserve.

Tickets cost $ 20 and can be purchased at chittenangolanding.org/shop/paranormal-investigation. For more information, visit www.chittenangolanding.org or email [email protected]

Wednesday September 8 – At 4 pm, the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will host a special 8-part lecture series by author Norman K. Dann entitled “Abolition, Underground Railroad and Women’s Rights”. The sixth presentation is “Greene Smith: Rebel and Outdoorsman”. There is no charge for this event. For more information, please visit www.PeterboroNY.org.

Saturday September 11 – From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Madison County Historical Society will be hosting its 57th Annual Craft Festival. Come see the wide selection of arts and crafts ranging from functional to decorative works, including fabric glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, glass, flora, drawings, paintings, jewelry, photography, soap, skin care products, leather, wood and more. . The festivities will include live music, food trucks and NYS wineries. Adult admission is $ 5 for the day and $ 8 for the weekend, children under 12 are free. For more information, visit www.mchs1900.org/Craft-Days or call 315-363-4136.

Saturday September 11 – Time to be determined, the Good Nature Farm Brewery and Restaurant will host the annual Chocolate Train Wreck Celebration. Come and participate in the annual event in honor of the 1955 chocolate train wreck and the theft of the diesel engine.

Saturday’s event will feature live music from the Fritz’s Polka Band from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., a tour of the historic site at 2:30 p.m. and of course the unveiling of the Great Chocolate Beer. Brewery tours, children’s activities and more will be available. For more information, visit www.goodnaturebrewing.com.

Sunday September 12 – From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Madison County Historical Society will be hosting its 57th Annual Craft Festival. Come see the wide selection of arts and crafts ranging from functional to decorative works, including fabric glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, glass, flora, drawings, paintings, jewelry, photography, soap, skin care products, leather, wood and more. .

The festivities will include live music, food trucks and NYS wineries. Adult admission is $ 5 for the day and $ 8 for the weekend, children under 12 are free. For more information, visit www.mchs1900.org/Craft-Days or call 315-363-4136.

Sunday September 12 – At one point, Cazenovia Heritage will host a special tour of Carpenter Barn and Lakeland Park by Ted Bartlett, Senior Preservation Planner for Crawford & Stearns. Bartlett will lead a site visit to the architecture and restoration efforts. For more information, visit www.cazheritage.org or email [email protected]

Sunday September 12 – Time to be determined, the Good Nature Farm Brewery and Restaurant will host the annual Chocolate Train Wreck Celebration. Come and participate in the annual event in honor of the 1955 chocolate train wreck and the theft of the diesel engine. Saturday’s event will feature live music from the Fritz’s Polka Band from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., a tour of the historic site at 2:30 p.m. and of course the unveiling of the Great Chocolate Beer.

Brewery tours, children’s activities and more will be available. For more information, go online at www.goodnaturebrewing.com.

Sunday, September 12 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a paranormal investigation. Come and enjoy a series of exciting paranormal investigations into historic Chittenango Landing. The events are led by experienced paranormal investigator Kenny Harris. Tickets cost $ 20 and can be purchased at chittenangolanding.org/shop/paranormal-investigation. For more information, visit www.chittenangolanding.org or email [email protected]

Wednesday, September 15 – 4:00 pm, the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will host a special 8-part lecture series by author Norman K. Dann entitled “Abolition, Underground Railroad and Women’s Rights”. The seventh presentation is entitled “Cousins ​​of Reform: Smith & Stanton”. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit www.PeterboroNY.org.

Friday September 17 to Sunday September 19 – The Madison County Historical Society will be hosting its 25th annual Hop Fest. More information to come. For more information, please visit https://www.madisoncountyhopfest.org/ or call 315-363-4136.

Wednesday, September 22 – 4:00 pm, the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will host a special 8-part lecture series by author Norman K. Dann entitled “Abolition, Underground Railroad and Women’s Rights”. The final presentation is “Greene Smith: Rebel and Outdoorsman”. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit www.PeterboroNY.org.

Wednesday, September 22 – 7:00 p.m. Cazenovia Public Library will host a special Frank Stritter presentation titled “Unsung Heroes of WWII: The Tuskegee Airmen and Benjamin O. Davis.” Come hear Stritter tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit http://newwoodstocknyhistory.com.

Saturday, September 25 – 10 am Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Canastota will host a special walking tour of the cemetery featuring selected “residents” of the Cemetery Association. Admission is $ 5 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

All proceeds will go to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, the Canastota Canal-Town Museum and the Canastota Library. For further information: Matthieu Urtz, 315-366-2453.

Saturday, September 25 – 2 p.m., the Smithfield Community Center will begin the old building’s 200th anniversary with a special event on the history of the building with Milton C. Sernett, PhD, and Donna Dorrance Burdick. Sernett & Burdick, authors of “Within These Walls: Celebrating 200 Years of the Smithfield Community Center” will talk about the history of the building. The event will be broadcast live and open to the public interested in attending in person. There is no charge for this event. For more information, visit www.PeterboroNY.org.

Saturday, September 25 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host a paranormal investigation. Come and enjoy a series of exciting paranormal investigations into historic Chittenango Landing. The events are led by experienced paranormal investigator Kenny Harris. For more information, visit www.chittenangolanding.org or email [email protected]

Sunday, September 26 – The Madison County Historical Society will host a Heritage Handicraft Penny Rug workshop. Sandy Rolewicz will help participants create a colorful felted wool penny rug. Admission is $ 25 for MCHS members and $ 30 for non-members and spacing is limited to 15 participants, so registration is required. Participants must be 13 years old. To register for the workshop or for more information, please call 315-363-4136 or email [email protected]


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