Madison County, NY Historian

Madison County, NY Historian Madison County was founded in 1806 after being formed from Chenango County. Madison County is a largely rural county in Upstate, NY. The county is made up of 15 towns and 1 city.

It's history is long and rich featuring many exciting and important events. This page is here to help promote the many heritage events and articles that are happening throughout the towns and city. Please note that the comments expressed on this site do not reflect the opinions and position of the Madison Historian, Madison County, or its employees. Any comments on external social media sites are

It's history is long and rich featuring many exciting and important events. This page is here to help promote the many heritage events and articles that are happening throughout the towns and city. Please note that the comments expressed on this site do not reflect the opinions and position of the Madison Historian, Madison County, or its employees. Any comments on external social media sites are

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08/15/2021

Mark your calendars, on August 21, 2021 at 10:00am a dedication ceremony will take place at the Calvin Whitford House in the Center of Brookfield. A historical marker will be placed and the house will be open for visitors to look around. All are welcome to visit. Whitford was an active Abolitionist and allowed his house to be used as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Friends of Lorenzo receives Park and Trail Partnership Grant
08/12/2021
Friends of Lorenzo receives Park and Trail Partnership Grant

Friends of Lorenzo receives Park and Trail Partnership Grant

CAZENOVIA — The Friends of Lorenzo (FOL) recently won a $43,000 Park and Trail Partnership Grant to create an electronic aid designed to make it easier to locate items in Lorenzo State Historic Sit…

Just a reminder reserve your spot today for our only History Where you Eat Event at Madison County Distillery on August ...
08/09/2021
History Where You Eat event recalls past of art park, distilleries in Madison County NY

Just a reminder reserve your spot today for our only History Where you Eat Event at Madison County Distillery on August 30th. Hear brief history's of the Hilltop House and Studio at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park as well as Madison County's distilling history. Spots are filling up quick be sure to reserve your spot today by emailing [email protected]

The History Where You Eat event Aug. 30, 2021 revisits the past of the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in Cazenovia NY and Madison County distilleries.

Cazenovia Heritage offers guided tours
08/04/2021
Cazenovia Heritage offers guided tours

Cazenovia Heritage offers guided tours

Guided tours will follow program on 1850 Cazenovia Convention Cazenovia Heritage is finalizing plans for A Remembrance of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law Cazenovia Convention to be held at 2 p.m. Satur…

Madison County has a long history of distilling. One of the most prominent distillers in the early 19th century was John...
08/02/2021

Madison County has a long history of distilling. One of the most prominent distillers in the early 19th century was John Hearsey, who produced "Hearsey's Old Whiskey." Hearsey's operation was located on the north side of Albany Street just east of Chittenango Creek. At it's height his operation would take in more than 250 bushels of grain and/or corn and make 50-100 barrels of whiskey, shipping east and west to cities like Syracuse and Utica. According to one review "...a man who could show a dollar in those days was treated with great respect, particularly by tavern keepers, who sold an excellent quality of Hearsey's whiskey for 3 cents a glass, my father's glasses containing at least four times the amount of fluid lighting now seen in the most popular bars..." Learn more about Madison' County's distilling history as well as the history of the Hilltop House and Studio at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park 4 WEEKS FROM TODAY on August 30th at our History Where you Eat event at the Madison County Distillery. Spots are filling up quickly so be sure to reserve your spot today by emailing [email protected].

Madison County has a long history of distilling. One of the most prominent distillers in the early 19th century was John Hearsey, who produced "Hearsey's Old Whiskey." Hearsey's operation was located on the north side of Albany Street just east of Chittenango Creek. At it's height his operation would take in more than 250 bushels of grain and/or corn and make 50-100 barrels of whiskey, shipping east and west to cities like Syracuse and Utica. According to one review "...a man who could show a dollar in those days was treated with great respect, particularly by tavern keepers, who sold an excellent quality of Hearsey's whiskey for 3 cents a glass, my father's glasses containing at least four times the amount of fluid lighting now seen in the most popular bars..." Learn more about Madison' County's distilling history as well as the history of the Hilltop House and Studio at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park 4 WEEKS FROM TODAY on August 30th at our History Where you Eat event at the Madison County Distillery. Spots are filling up quickly so be sure to reserve your spot today by emailing [email protected].

Our August record of the month is from the first Madison County Board of Supervisors book.  The five supervisors at the ...
08/01/2021

Our August record of the month is from the first Madison County Board of Supervisors book. The five supervisors at the time were Erastus Cleveland (Hamilton), Steven Hoxie (Brookfield), Lemuel Kingsbury (Cazenovia), Jacob Patrick (Sullivan) & Jeremiah Gage (DeRuyter). One of the resolutions states that "...this board allows five dollars for full grown wolves and panthers..."

Dorothy & Bob Riester (Dorothy is center and Bob is wearing the bowtie to the right of her in this image) were known to ...
07/26/2021

Dorothy & Bob Riester (Dorothy is center and Bob is wearing the bowtie to the right of her in this image) were known to throw great parties. Join us at Madison County Distillery on August 30th at 6:00 pm for our own "great party" and to learn a brief history of the Hilltop House and Studio at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park as well as a brief history of distilling in Madison County. We'll even have a special drink dedicated to Dorothy! Spots are filling up so reserve your spot today by emailing [email protected].

Dorothy & Bob Riester (Dorothy is center and Bob is wearing the bowtie to the right of her in this image) were known to throw great parties. Join us at Madison County Distillery on August 30th at 6:00 pm for our own "great party" and to learn a brief history of the Hilltop House and Studio at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park as well as a brief history of distilling in Madison County. We'll even have a special drink dedicated to Dorothy! Spots are filling up so reserve your spot today by emailing [email protected].

We're bringing back History Where You Eat for one night only on August 30th, 2021!!!.  This time we're partnering with S...
07/19/2021

We're bringing back History Where You Eat for one night only on August 30th, 2021!!!. This time we're partnering with Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and Madison County Distillery for a unique event with brief history's of the art park and the county's history of distilling. The distillery will offer tours and a special "Madison County Cocktail" will be offered. Be sure to reserve your spot today by emailing [email protected].

We're bringing back History Where You Eat for one night only on August 30th, 2021!!!. This time we're partnering with Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and Madison County Distillery for a unique event with brief history's of the art park and the county's history of distilling. The distillery will offer tours and a special "Madison County Cocktail" will be offered. Be sure to reserve your spot today by emailing [email protected].

07/16/2021

Reminder: The Whitford open house and historical marker dedication have been postponed to August 21, 2021 at 10:00am. All are welcome to visit and attend the ceremony.

Our July photo of the month is of children selected from Madison County for week of camp at the New York State Sheriff's...
07/15/2021

Our July photo of the month is of children selected from Madison County for week of camp at the New York State Sheriff's Association Camp starting July 19th, 1981. Madison County Sheriff Robert Ryan is seen in the first photo packing a sleeping bag and in the second photo adults from left to right are then This Is Hamilton, NY Police Department Chief James Tilbe, Madison County Sheriff's Office - NY Sheriff Robert Ryan and Madison County Sheriff's Department Gail Abrams.

07/15/2021
Lorenzo Driving Competition returns July 17-18
07/14/2021
Lorenzo Driving Competition returns July 17-18

Lorenzo Driving Competition returns July 17-18

CAZENOVIA — A summer tradition in Cazenovia for more than four decades, the Lorenzo Driving Competition returns this summer after the pandemic forced its cancellation in 2020. The competition, held…

The Town of Madison Historical Society is looking for assistance in determining the location of the "Tea Room" in this e...
07/09/2021

The Town of Madison Historical Society is looking for assistance in determining the location of the "Tea Room" in this early 20th century postcard. They believe that the road on the right side (with the Albany sign) may be Route 20, but they are not sure. Feel free to comment below if you think you know where this "Tea Room" once was.

The Town of Madison Historical Society is looking for assistance in determining the location of the "Tea Room" in this early 20th century postcard. They believe that the road on the right side (with the Albany sign) may be Route 20, but they are not sure. Feel free to comment below if you think you know where this "Tea Room" once was.

The Ladies Aid Society first formed in 1871 to "...relieve distress and render reliable assistance to poor and indigent ...
07/05/2021

The Ladies Aid Society first formed in 1871 to "...relieve distress and render reliable assistance to poor and indigent persons." In 1882 the society incorporated and went by the name "of the Ladies Aid Society of Oneida."

In 1886 The Ladies Aid Society chartered a corporation named the "Old Ladies Home of Madison County." The board of managers of the home was comprised of more than 70 women from across Madison County.

In 1915 the organization purchased a property on Main Street in Oneida and in 1931, a trust was set up to provide perpetual income to support older adults in Madison County. The name of the home changed to the Hazel L. Carpenter Home in 1982 and men were then allowed to be admitted.

In 2019 the Hazel L. Carpenter Home was closed and the organization refocused to supporting older adults in Madison County. The organization is now doing business as the "1886 Benevolent Society."

In June the Board of Supervisors honored the organization's 150 years of continuous service by declaring July 5, 2021 as "1886 Benevolent Society Day."

Our July records of the month are the first few pages of the original Board of Elections Book.  This includes some of th...
07/01/2021

Our July records of the month are the first few pages of the original Board of Elections Book. This includes some of the original election results for the first county elections. When Madison County formed 1806 the county only had five towns. They were the Town of Brookfield,Ny, the Town of DeRuyter, New York, the Town of Cazenovia, New York Town of Hamilton, NY and the Town of Sullivan, NY.

Free Them Walkers visit Underground Railroad sites in Peterboro
06/25/2021
Free Them Walkers visit Underground Railroad sites in Peterboro

Free Them Walkers visit Underground Railroad sites in Peterboro

A contingency of Madison County well-wishers welcomed a score of Free Them Walkers to the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum in Peterb…

Lorenzo State Historic Site hosts community scavenger hunt
06/23/2021
Lorenzo State Historic Site hosts community scavenger hunt

Lorenzo State Historic Site hosts community scavenger hunt

CAZENOVIA — This summer, The Friends of Lorenzo (FOL) is sponsoring a scavenger hunt on the grounds of the Lorenzo State Historic Site. Visitors will have the opportunity to test their sleuthing sk…

Growing Hops at Home
06/22/2021
Growing Hops at Home

Growing Hops at Home

Growing Hops - In the Home Garden   Susan M. Hiller, Gale A. Gingrich and Alfred Haunold¹ *This version of their fact sheet has additions and edits by Steve Miller for New York conditions. The Plant The hop plant Humulus lupulus L. is an herbaceous perennial, producing ...

Our photos of the month come from 1977 when the Old Route 13 bridge was removed. Old Route 13 crossed over Oneida Creek ...
06/15/2021

Our photos of the month come from 1977 when the Old Route 13 bridge was removed. Old Route 13 crossed over Oneida Creek connecting the Towns of Lenox and Verona. Old Route 13 was relocated in 1949, but the bridge remained. The former Lehigh Valley Railroad ran parallel to Old Route 13 to the east. Where the bridge was located today is Beach & Lakeshore Roads.

06/15/2021

Attention History Lovers, we have some exciting news to share…

Just a reminder that tonight at 6:00 pm we will be interviewing WWII Veteran Reggie Emmons at the Canastota Public Libra...
06/07/2021

Just a reminder that tonight at 6:00 pm we will be interviewing WWII Veteran Reggie Emmons at the Canastota Public Library about his experiences in the Army in the Pacific Theatre. This event is open to the public. We hope to see you there!!!

Just a reminder that tonight at 6:00 pm we will be interviewing WWII Veteran Reggie Emmons at the Canastota Public Library about his experiences in the Army in the Pacific Theatre. This event is open to the public. We hope to see you there!!!

Recently we digitized a collection of postcards from throughout Madison County.  This week we are highlighting a postcar...
06/03/2021

Recently we digitized a collection of postcards from throughout Madison County. This week we are highlighting a postcard of the former H.B. Blanchard clothing store in DeRuyter (village), New York. Henry Byron Blanchard was born in the village in 1879. His father operated a wagon factory on Lincklaen Street. Byron went to work for his uncle's clothing store after graduation. Around 1912 Byron bought out his uncle and operated the clothing store himself until his death in September of 1932

Our June Record of the month are pages from the Visitors log for the Madison County Children's Home which was located in...
06/01/2021

Our June Record of the month are pages from the Visitors log for the Madison County Children's Home which was located in Peterboro. This book is a log of all of the people who came to visit the site from 1871 to 1926. The building was razed in 1938. The book contains no information on the residents of the home, it simply lists the visitors names, and home town. Visitors occasionally wrote down a poem, or bible verse as well.

In remembrance of Memorial Day, we will remember just a few of those from Madison County who made the ultimate sacrifice...
05/31/2021

In remembrance of Memorial Day, we will remember just a few of those from Madison County who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Robert G. Landringham was born in Utica in June of 1941. He graduated from Madison Central School where he was the President of his Senior Class. Following graduation Landringham enrolled at SUNY Morrisville and received an associate’s degree in applied science. After graduation he joined the US Air Force and was appointed an aviation cadet in 1961. He trained at James Connally Air Force Base in Texas and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and Navigator in September of 1962. Following his promotion, he was assigned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware where he served in the Military Air Transport Service. Landringham was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1964 and was assigned to the Tactical Air Command as a Navigator on a B-57.

Lanrdingham was killed in action when the plane he was on was struck during battle on June 29 1965. The plane lost a wing and crashed approximately two miles from Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. His remains were returned home and he is interred at Madison Village Cemetery.

In remembrance of Memorial Day, we will remember just a few of those from Madison County who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Robert G. Landringham was born in Utica in June of 1941. He graduated from Madison Central School where he was the President of his Senior Class. Following graduation Landringham enrolled at SUNY Morrisville and received an associate’s degree in applied science. After graduation he joined the US Air Force and was appointed an aviation cadet in 1961. He trained at James Connally Air Force Base in Texas and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and Navigator in September of 1962. Following his promotion, he was assigned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware where he served in the Military Air Transport Service. Landringham was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1964 and was assigned to the Tactical Air Command as a Navigator on a B-57.

Lanrdingham was killed in action when the plane he was on was struck during battle on June 29 1965. The plane lost a wing and crashed approximately two miles from Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. His remains were returned home and he is interred at Madison Village Cemetery.

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I'm looking for info on a family in that area around 1823. Do you know if there are any birth records for that time period?
If anyone has old photographs, postcards, tools or equipment related to Madison County hop history, we would interested in seeing them. We celebrate that history at Foothill Hops Farm Brewery.
I'm wondering if you may be able to help me find the source for the information transcribed below. A man transcribed this and shared on the old USGENWEB genealogy site in the 1990s. But, he didn't say what source he transcribed it from. I'm researching one of my potential ancestors (Conrad Burgdoff), and would like to verify that the transcription is correct. It looks like this documents court proceedings that took place over a number of years, where Conrad and then his widow, Jerusha, applied for a pension for his service in the Revolutionary War. I've included this link to where I found it: http://files.usgwarchives.net/ny/madison/military/revwar/pensions/burgdoff-conrad.txt Thank you!
A question for the Historian. Has Madison County ever had a Law Library open to the taxpaying public to use? It is my understanding that the first woman lawyer was in Madison County. We should build a Public Law Library Collection for public use in her name.
Thought you might be interested in our new book! Get your copy of A Journey Through Time, available at the Cortland County Historical Society (25 Homer Ave. Cortland, 1-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday) and by MAILORDER (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IoOmf-qQgxxqOq9c4SamKUqt_o_TlYuJ). The cost is $40.50 plus tax for members, and $45.00 plus tax for non-members. See the order form link for more details. In 1958, Cortland County celebrated it's 150th anniversary with a series of events and the publication of the Cortland County Sesquicentennial Souvenir Yearbook: 1808-1958. With 8,000 copies printed, nearly every family in Cortland County purchased the book. 60 years later, and ten years after the celebration of our county's Bicentennial in 2008, the Cortland County Historical Society has published A Journey Through Time: Cortland County, 1958-2018. Three years in the making, this book picks up where the 1958 book left off and is the Society's largest publication to date continuing our long tradition of publishing Cortland County's history. Lead authors and co-editors, Jean Edwards and Liz Wavle-Brown collected stories, photographs and advertisements from over 200 people. You won't want to miss getting your copy of this collectible book, sure to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Love looking back at the village in the 1800's.
My grandmother, Laura Bartholomew worked for the Madison County Veterans Dept for years .
Hi, I am looking for John Taibe. Either his book a ride through the countryside on the syracuse and chenango valley railroad. Or even knowing where he lives. My 81 year old Mother-in-law has seen the book and loves it.
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Thanks for the invite to your page🙂 Beautiful posts !!
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