Watkins Glen History Walks Resume June 18 at Harbor Pier

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The Schuyler County Historical Society’s popular Watkins Glen History Walks resume on Saturday, June 18.

Schuyler County history experts will lead the walks on Saturdays June 18, July 16 and Aug. 13 and on Sundays June 26, July 24 and Aug. 28. Walk leaders will include Schuyler County Historian Gary Emerson, Village of Burdett Historian Marty Evans and Historical Society Board President Jean Hubsch.

The free, one-hour walks are enjoyed by visitors and local residents. Participants are asked to meet at the Seneca Harbor Park Pier at 10 a.m. The walks are conducted rain or shine.

​​The audio tour of the Brick Tavern Museum is available on your smart phone as an app. Simply download the UNIGUIDE app from the Google Store and look for our tour as "Brick Tavern." 

Railroad Stone Arches of Hector Talk July 17

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Trains haven’t made their way through eastern Schuyler County for more than 50 years, but reminders remain in the stone arch culverts built in the late 1800s to carry the lines.

“The Lehigh Valley Railroad and The Great Stone Arches of Hector” will be presented on Sunday, July 17, at the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department hall on Route 414 in Hector. The 1 p.m. program, sponsored by the Schuyler County Historical Society, will be followed by a guided walk to one of the arches.

Charles Fausold of Hector, Schuyler County Historian Gary Emerson and Burdett Village Historian Marty Evans will be the speakers. Fausold will focus on the stone arch culverts in Hector and Valois, and Evans will talk about the arches in Burdett. Emerson will discuss the Lehigh Valley Railroad’s service in Schuyler County.

“Beautiful to look at today, the bridges and massive culverts of cut stone were marvels of engineering, requiring 300 workers,” Fausold says. “The culverts were impressive at such a scale, special Seneca Lake excursion boats were required to transport all of the people, hundreds at a time, who wanted to view the construction in progress.”

After the presentations, Leigh Hazlitt Triner will lead a walk to the arch site in Valois, which is on private property. Participants will drive to near the site and then walk on a moderate incline to the arch.

The program is free, and registration is not required. For more information, call the Historical Society at (607) 535-9741.

Embroidery Workshop for Beginners July 30, Aug. 13

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A two-part workshop on embroidery for beginners will be offered by the Schuyler County Historical Society on Saturdays July 30 and Aug. 13.

The sessions will be at the Brick Tavern Museum, 108 N. Catharine St./Route 14, Montour Falls, starting at 10 a.m.

Historical Society Board President Jean Hubsch, a noted embroidery artist, will lead the workshop. In the first session, participants will learn basic surface embroidery stitches and make a small stitch sampler. A clothing patch or a small piece of jewelry will be created in the second session, using stitches learned in the first.

The class size is limited, and pre-registration is required by July 21 by calling the Historical Society at 607-535-9741 or emailing director@schuylerhistory.org. The cost is $5, which covers materials for both sessions. The fee may be paid on arrival.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at (607) 535-9741.here.