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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. The church now has a new floor, carpeting and the outside of both the church and the school house have received a coat of paint. The paint came to us via a grant from a local benefactor. Mr Bob Brumale. (see www.solonpond.com).

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 .

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. Please check out the contacts/links page for information about the Veterans buried in the various cemeteries located in the Town of Taylor.

We will continue adding the interviews from our Oral History Project as time goes by.

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2016 Programs

Bridges of Cortland County

Our first program in 2016 is about Bridges. Jerry Wood of Newark Valley will share his enthusiasm and fascination with many of the old bridges around Central New York. His interest in the preservation of historic bridges has led him on excursions, some rewarding and some disappointing. The program is free and open to the public. He will cover our lenticular bridge which  has been added to the National Registry and graced with a marker.

Old Home Day at the Pond 8/28/2016

On Sunday, August 28th, The Taylor Historical Society will hold its Annual Old Home Day at the Church and School House at Solon Pond. After a service which starts at 11AM, there is a dish to pass lunch at Noon followed by a music program. All are welcome.

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These programs are 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 legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

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On Nov 8, 2014, we installed two new Highway Markers. Take a look !...

On August 4, 2015, a team from the Taylor Historical Society prepared a post for a new marker and reset a number of others that needed it.On August 25, the latest marker was installed as can be seen in the following videos.

 

 


 

 

 

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.