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Ludlow Enjoys Popular Historic Walk

Submitted by Ralph Pace,

Photo by Sharon Combes-Farr

The recent historic walk through Ludlow Village, sponsored and conducted by Black River Academy Museum (BRAM), drew over 50 area and visiting walkers. This was the third such venture by BRAM in the past 18 months.

Comments by those participating in the historic walk underscored the popularity of the program. Many were particularly pleased with the diversity of presenters at the wide variety of properties included in the walk. Others enjoyed the costumes of the period worn by many presenters as well as the in-depth knowledge of the properties and their relation to Ludlow's history.

The walk began with a discussion of Ludlow's early history by John Bremer, appropriately attired in colonial garb. Bremer addressed the throng of walkers from the gazebo at Veterans Memorial Park where the tour began.

Subsequently, led by Nancy Tanzer, the tour meandered over Walker Bridge to view the Washburn and Fletcher homes.

It then went to the United Church of Ludlow were David Almond outlined the history of the church and its current structure built in 1891. Given the cold temperature, the walkers gladly accepted Almond's offer to show them the interior of the church now on the National Register of Historic Sites. The building's unusual architecture, highlighted by the hammer beam arch, was of considerable interest to the group.

From here, Stanton Wyman offered a description of many of the Pleasant Street properties. He gave an interesting history of how the Sherman House was moved to Pleasant Street when the three story Sherman Building on Main was put up in the middle of the old Business District.

He also gave a rich and colorful history of the old Stearns Barn, the Sears model building at the corner of Pleasant and Depot, the Gill Residence, the old Congressional Church (now United Church), and Ida Fuller's house (Black River Academy graduate and the first recipient of Social Security - having paid about $25 in contributions, she lived to be 100 and collected over $25,000 from of the system).

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