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A Little History
The Town of Taylor is located on the extreme eastern side of Cortland County, New York. Originally part of Solon, it was carved out ( "set off") in 1849 and named after the then President of the United States. Throughout its history, it has been a dairy farming community.
In 2002, a group of residents of Taylor, New York, formed the Taylor Historical Society with the intention of gaining ownership of the abandoned church and schoolhouse located near Solon Pond. The buildings were in a state of disrepair and it was thought that if someone did not do something, they would collapse and the town would lose part of its heritage. At the same time, the newly formed group realized that a depository was needed for the various articles and photos tracing the history of this village that had been and would be donated.
After six years of fund raising and legal steps, the church and schoolhouse belong to the Taylor Historical Society. Work will begin soon on the refurbishment.
The Society has also been active in having the Church added to the state register of historic places and should soon be on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge on Town Line Road, one of the few remaining lenticular bridges, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To see more about the bridge, see here.
The Society has also updated and published the Taylor Town History which contains a genealogical history of the town. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the book should contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Below is a picture of the church taken in the early part of the 20th Century.
Members of the Society submitted grant applications to the William G Pomeroy Foundation for funding for highway markers to commemorate one of the first cemeteries in Taylor, reputed to contain the remains of the first settlers in the Town of Taylor, as well as a number of other early historical sites and buildings. You can see the installation of the initial marker here.(This is a video and requires more than dial up). To see a map with the locations for the Markers that the Pomeroy Foundation has helped us install, plus those from the National Registry of Historic Places, please look here at this map..
If you haven't visited this site in awhile, please check out this and the other pages for some new and exciting additions.
We will continue adding the interviews from our Oral History Project as time goes by.
The 2013 Taylor Historical Society Annual Report is available here . The Treasurer's Report is here.
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Our 2014 Offerings
Taylor Historical Society has scheduled two great programs for July that history buffs won’t want to miss. Both are free and open to the public and will be held at the Taylor Heritage Center at Solon Pond on Cheningo Solon Pond Road.
The Loomis Gang
Monday, July 14 at 7:00 PM, The Loomis Gang presented by Sue Greenhagen, Historian, Town of Eaton and Village of Morrisville. She will describe a history of the most notorious 19th century crime family in central New York.
Cortland County Businesses
Sunday, July 27 at 2:00 PM, Mary Ann Kane was the Cortland County Historian for over 30 years and current Historian for the City of Cortland. Her research has made her an expert on the industries that once flourished in the county. The economic and cultural impact of these industries on the community will be of interest since so many were dependent on their existence and success.
Both programs are made possible with a grant from CNY Arts, with public funds through the State and Local Partnership Program of New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.