Willsboro community reflects on farming lifestyle

WILLSBORO For centuries, farming has been a way of life for the Willsboro region. This summer, the Willsboro Heritage Society is putting on a program which focuses on the regions ties to farming. The museum will open next weekend on Friday, June 8 also known in Willsboro as Founders Day. The exhibit has displays on agriculture, primarily in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The open reception will take place at 7 p.m. It is significant in the basis of what built our communities, said Tommy Gillilland, vice president of the society. As you go north on the lake, virtually every community was founded because it was where you would have the rivers along these streams, the farmers built their farms. Society president Darcey Hale said the exhibit focused on cultivation, beekeeping, livestock, poultry, hay raising, dairy, syrup and edible crops. About 100 artifacts chronicle farming in Willsboro, Whallonsburg, Essex and Reber. Ron Bruno chaired the exhibit, locating many of the items, while Janice Allen and Cory Gillilland coordinated the displays. Hale explained there were numerous programs and trips planned for throughout the summer that focused on the regions agriculture. There are both presentations at the heritage society, followed by field trips to associated sites. The Willsboro Heritage Society Museum will be open on Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2 per person, with a $5 cost for families. For more information on the program schedule, call 963-4897.

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