History walking tours set for S. Colton July 16, Edwards July 17, Hammond July 20
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 1:52 pm

CANTON -- In partnership with the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, three local historians will conduct history walking tours of their villages, South Colton, Edwards, and Hammond.

All three events, on Tuesday, July 16, Wednesday, July 17 and Saturday, July 20, are free and open to the public; no advance registration is required. The tours are outdoors, so come prepared for the weather.

• South Colton, Tuesday, July 16, 2 p.m. Mary Jane Watson will lead an outside walking tour of the downtown area and talk about South Colton history. Those attending can park at Swift Field on Sugar Bush Lane, across the street from the J.R. Watson Community Center (note construction). Come prepared for the weather. For more information, contact Watson at 315-262-2617, or [email protected].

The Mahogany Ridge Bar and Grill will be open for dinner after the tour.

• Edwards, Wednesday, July 17, 2 p.m. Historian LaVerne H. Freeman will talk about Edwards history and lead an outside walking tour around downtown, including the location of the original settlement. Those attending can park behind Edwards History and Genealogy Center (Museum), 222 Main St., as the group will meet at that location. For more information, contact Freeman at 315-562-3500, or [email protected].

• Hammond, Saturday, July 20, 1 p.m. Historian Donna Demick will give a short photo slide show of Main Street in Hammond before the fires of 1915 and 1951, then will lead an outside walking tour of the present buildings and their history. Those attending will meet at the Hammond Historical Museum, 1A Main Street.

The tour should be handicap accessible, as the walk is on a wide shoulder of the road and a well kept sidewalk. For more information, contact Demick at 315-528-4742, or [email protected], or check https://www.hammondmuseum.com/full-calendar-of-events--activites.html.

Afterward, folks are welcome to go to the fire hall for the annual Field Day Chicken BBQ from 2 to 6 p.m. followed by a parade at 7 p.m.

For more information about SLCHA and St. Lawrence County history, or to become a member, call 315-386-8133, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.slcha.org.