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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 scheduled two great programs for July, 2014. Both were free and open to the public and held at the Taylor Heritage Center at Solon Pond on Cheningo Solon Pond Road. Both the Loomis Gang and Cortland County Businesses were well received and we wish to thank the presenters and those who attended these events. Below are two photos from these events, one showing Sue Greenhagen in costume as the Sheriff reporting on the Loomis Gang and a copy of the poster advertising the events.
We had our Old Home Days celebration on August 24th, 2014. It was filled with good cheer, a benediction by Fred Downs and good food in the old schoolhouse followed by a songfest led by Lynn Koch. Mr Koch is not only a mainstay of the music program at Cincinnatus Central School but specializes in preserving folk music.
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We are already preparing for the 2015 "season" and hope you will join us for those events. Check back here for announcements of future events.
On Nov 8, 2014, we installed two new Highway Markers. Take a look !...
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.