Moriah tradition to continue

PORT HENRY The 118th Labor Day celebration in Port Henry will observe the town of Moriahs bicentennial. This years celebration is a two-day affair to mark the unofficial end of summer. Activities will begin Saturday, Aug. 30, with a concert by the In-Laws 6-9 p.m. at Port Henry beach. During the performance there will be childrens games. At 9 p.m. there will be a fireworks display. Sunday, Aug. 31, line-up for the traditional Labor Day parade will begin at noon at the Witherbee Mansion. The parade will step off at 1 p.m. and proceed down Broad Street to Main Street, finishing at Park Place. Jack Woods, president of the Moriah Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the celebration, said the parade will feature floats and community groups honoring the Moriah bicentennial. Following the parade there will be a chicken barbecue on Main Street along with childrens rides, games and food. The Fritz Polka Band will perform on Church Street at 3 p.m. and Loose Connection will entertain at 6 p.m. The town of Moriah has been celebrating its bicentennial throughout 2008. Moriah officially became a town Feb. 12, 1808, when the state legislature approved Moriahs request to become separate from the town of Crown Point. Moriah traces its history to the 18th Century. After the Treaty of 1763, soldiers were given land by King George for their service in the French and Indian War. Iron ore was discovered in those lands, lumber and grist mills sprang up, farms started, furnaces were built, and the shipping of ore started, first by water, then by railroad. Many families came to work in the iron ore mining industry, which flourished from around 1824-1971. Mines were privately owned, then became the property of Witherbee-Sherman & Co., and finally in 1938 the Republic Steel Corporation. In the late 1800s and early 1900s most of the large hotels, homes, churches and schools were built, many still existing today.

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