Taylor Historical Society

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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 info@taylorhistoricalsociety.com . Below is a picture of the church taken in the early part of the 20th Century.

Members of the Society submitted a grant application to the William G Pomeroy Foundation for funding for a highway marker to commemorate one of the first cemeteries in Taylor, reputed to contain the remains of the first settlers in the Town of Taylor. You can see the installation here.(This is a video and requires more than dial up)

If you haven't visited this site in awhile, please check out the Contact/link page for some new and exciting additions.

We will be adding the interviews from our Oral History Project in the near future.

The 2013 Taylor Historical Society Annual Report is available here . The Treasurer's Report is here.

Flash: Check the Photos/Oral History page for the latest pictures.


  Well, it was a busy year and we caped it off with the installation of three more plaques, thanks once again to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. We welcome recognition of the fact that  the Taylor Center Methodist Episcopal Church, the Union Valley Congregational Church  and the Town Line Bridge are all on the National Register of Historic Places; placed there by the Department of the Interior. Thanks to all the work done by our President, Pat Johnston. Happy Holidays to all.
Well, 2013 has been a busy year, capped off with the installation of two plaques and a commemorative sign. We installed a plaque recognizing that the Taylor Center Methodist Episcopal Church is on the National Register of Historic Places, and another signifying that the Union Valley Congregational Church is also on the National Register of Historical Places. The sign indicating that the Town Line Bridge is also on the National Register of Historic Places also was installed. All of this was thanks to a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the tireless work of our President, Pat Johnston.

Thanks to all those who attended our last two programs on the barns of our area and the underground railroad. The turnout was great and we hope everyone enjoyed the speakers.   Old Home Day on August 25th.was a great success. The food was great and the music at the service and later was greatly enjoyed. 

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On 10/18/2012, we installed a marker at the site of the first general store in the Town of Taylor. To see the marker installation click here.

On 10/1/2013, we installed three markers in three different locations in Taylor. The Bentley Cemetery, The Second Baptist Church and the First Tavern in Taylor were indicated. A video of the installations is available here.

A picture of that store and the church, as they looked before the turn of the last century is below.




















Oral History


The T.H.S has started an oral history collection of the senior members of the community. We make them available  on this website on the Oral History page.


This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.





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