Aurora McCaffrey

The Hand-Hale Historic District is an important historic and architectural resource which represents the cultured, sophisticated lives of two prominent families of New York State jurists in the Adirondacks during the nineteenth century.  The Hand-Hale Historic District in Elizabethtown was listed on the National Register in 1979. The district encompasses two adjoining homesteads and law offices. 

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Harvest Festival Week is coming! This is one of my favorite times of year; as it allows one to explore the abundant local produce and farms in our area.  Essex County has a wonderful selection of small farms that distribute their goods via CSA, farmers markets, roadside stands, grocers, and local restaurants. ...

The Essex County Fair is in full swing and in respect of its impressive 165 years running, I thought I would post some great historic photographs and a bit of history. 

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The first Essex County-Clinton County Fair was organized by Elkanah Watson in 1848. It was held on the Port Kent Road, on the...

When President Lincoln issued a call for volunteers in the spring of 1861, the citizens of Essex County responded immediately and in numbers far out of proportion to their population.  Crown Point, Elizabethtown, Keeseville, and Moriah quickly formed companies. Throughout 1861, men from all over the county followed suit; joining existing infantry regiments, forming new ones, or creating special cavalry or artillery units to fill specific...