~Upcoming Events ~

Simple Servants: The Story of the Lewis County Mennonites

Sponsored by the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Association and Lewis County Historical Society 

This one night only event runs August 30th from 6-8 pm at the Town Hall Theater and includes the film screening, a question and answer panel with the filmmaker and a concert by Jacqueline Schwab, a nationally renowned pianist.

Simple Servants paints an intimate picture of the story of the Lewis County Mennonites, whose epic struggle to freely practice their faith, led them to the rugged wilderness of Northern New York where they finally found a place to call home.


Boonville Historical Chain Carry Reenactment

September 6th Lewis County Driving Tour of Historical Homes

On Saturday September 6, the Lewis County Historical Society is hosting a Driving Tour of historical homes in Lewis County that were in existence during the War of 1812.  This is part of a series of events co-hosted by the Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center, Boonville Historical Club, the Landmark Society of Greater Utica, the Oneida County Historical Society and the Martinsburg Historical Society.  The event commemorates the 1814 “Chain Carry”. 

On August 29, 1814, General Izard was ordered to depart from Lake Champlain for Sackets Harbor with 4,000 of his best men to defend the seaway.  The patriots traveled for almost a month on foot carrying chains and cannons through the wilderness of New York State on what was then the first state road.  This road was renamed the Military Road in honor of that march.  The march was from Saratoga up through Boonville and Lewis County to Sackets Harbor.

On that day the original Martinsburg Town Hall and the General Walter Martin Mansion (Greystone) will be open to the public from 10 am to 3pm.  At 3 pm Steve Wallace will present a lecture on the War of 1812 at the Mansion.

During the week prior to the event, brochures containing a brief history of each of the 14 homes or sites along or near the route the soldiers took through Lewis County will be available at the Historical Society Office, Lowville.  A map showing the location of each building is included in the brochure. 

New Book by Martin Podskoch 


The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country by Martin Podskoch will be available at stores in mid-August.  The 102 Club is a new idea meant to encourage travelers to visit all of the towns and villages of this unique, vacation destination. 

The idea for the 102 Club began after Podskoch read about Dr. Arthur Peach in the Dec. 11, 2005 issue of American Profile Magazine.  Dr. Peach, in a story in Vermont Life magazine, suggested the idea of an informal group, the 251 Club, to veer off the beaten path ‘to discover the secret and lovely places that main roads do not reveal.’ He felt that every part of Vermont had its beauty, history, attractions, traditions, and interesting people. 

Podskoch stated in the book’s introduction, “Since 2001, I traveled to all of the 102 towns and villages in the Adirondacks gathering stories for my five books on the Adirondack fire towers, the Civilian Conservation Corps camps, and Adirondack lore. In my travels people have taken me in for the night and shared their home, food, and stories. I have met so many wonderful people and seen so many interesting places that I want to share my experience. 

“Most people who visit the Adirondacks visit one particular area. For eight years I wondered if I might be able to duplicate for the Adirondacks what Dr. Peach did for Vermont.

“Then, in December 2013 I spoke at an Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV) and proposed the idea of starting the 102 Club for the Adirondacks. The AATV liked the idea and encouraged me to contact the supervisors and mayors for their help.

“I asked each town and village for someone to write a short description highlighting the town or village’s location, history and interesting places to visit. By June 2014 108 representatives including, historians, supervisors, assessors, chambers of commerce, and residents replied with descriptions.” 

The result is this comprehensive guide to travelers in a quest to visit all 102 towns and villages. Club members also learn about the history and fascinating places in the Adirondacks. By getting their book signed or stamped by a resident or business, they also get to know the friendly locals and be able to ask such questions as where is a good place to eat or an interesting local attraction? In this way they will get to know the real Adirondacks.

There are no rules or requirements to be a member. No documents to turn in. One may keep a journal in addition to this book on the quest. There is no membership fee, just a desire to experience the whole Adirondack region. Adults and children of all ages can be 


Civil War Project

 The Lewis County Historical Society is embarking on a Civil War project, gathering the data and images of veterans who enlisted in Lewis County. The project, which could result in the publication of data and photographs, will be the combination of already established Historical Society records and input from the community.

“We encourage people to bring in their family photos to be scanned or email the images to us,” said Jerry Perrin, office manager.To date, the society has gathered approximately 50 images from donations, provided copies or from Internet research. “We will try to put together a biography and war record with each image as a permanent record. If we get enough images there is a possibility of creating a book as a fund raiser,” said Mr. Perrin.

For those uncertain about a relative’s involvement, volunteers at the society can undertake research efforts using the New York State veteran’s database.

Volunteers may also utilize “Where Brave Men Sleep,” by Charlie Shaw. The book lists the service records of known Lewis County Civil War veterans and the location of their burial. Copies of the book are currently being printed and are expected to arrive by the week of the Lewis County Fair. The society anticipates offering the book at their fair booth for $25.

Another valuable research tool on local Civil War history is “Lewis County Goes to War,” a collection of newspaper articles compiled by Jack Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe’s widow, Thea, has given permission to the society to reprint the work. The collection is now available for purchase at the society gift shop for $12.

For more information about the project contact either Jerry Perrin at 376-8957 or lewiscountyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com, or Tom Duflo at 376-3839 or tduflo@twcny.rr.com.


Sincere appreciation to our generous sponsors of the

2014 Black River Valley Concert Series!

 Morgan Lewis Level ($1,000+)

Good Morning Realty
The Pratt-Northam Foundation

Gen. Walter Martin Level ($500 - $999)
Sid & Lida Perfetto
Lewis County Arts Council
Glenn and Denise Miller
National Grid
Franklin B. Hough Level ($250-$499)

Benefactor Level ($125 - $249)

    Lowville Farmer's Co-Op

RBC Wealth Management

M.R.Gaebel, Inc. Your Tax and Accounting Professionals

Hammecker Pharmacies, Inc. 

Logan's Silo Sales and Service

Flat Rock Windpower, LLC

North Country Estates, Inc.

Community Bank, NA

                                                                                      Double "B" Contracting


 Special thanks to Ridgeview Motor Lodge for housing our artists,  Jeb's for feeding them and Kinney's for their supply of bottled water !

Concert series made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts - Decentralization Program, administered in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. 

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