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Learn history of country doctors at Owens House

Sharalee Falzerano, left, gives a tour of “The Country Doctor” exhibit at the Owens House in North Creek. News Enterprise Reporter McKenna Kelly, right, listens to stories about the various physician instruments on display.

Sharalee Falzerano, left, gives a tour of “The Country Doctor” exhibit at the Owens House in North Creek. News Enterprise Reporter McKenna Kelly, right, listens to stories about the various physician instruments on display. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— “In addition to the Country Doctor exhibit, we have a photograph exhibit from Dr. Daniel Way,” Falzerano said. “He is our own country doctor, and he takes photographs of his patients while making house calls, with their permission. He really captures them, not just as patients, but as human beings.”

Way is the family practitioner at the Indian Lake Health Center, operated by the Hudson Headwaters Health Network. He took photos of the following patients:

•Greg George, former forest ranger in Blue Mountain Lake

•Lisa Tucker

•Phil Kunz, North Creek

•Dawn Vanselow, Pottersville

•Barbara Ross, Bakers Mills

•Elmer Norton, Indian Lake

•The Moffitts, Wevertown

There are also photos of Dr. Carroll, who practiced in Indian Lake, and Dr. Dan

O’Keefe II, who practiced in Glens Falls and wrote a history book about North Creek titled, “Halfway to Heaven: Livin’ in the Crick,” about life in North Creek from 1920 to 1950. His father owned the O’Keefe Pharmacy in the early 1900s.

Owens House

Located on Main Street near the train station, the Owens House dates to around 1857 and is the oldest known building in North Creek. It was originally located across the street and was once one of two cottages on the property of the American Hotel, where the Copperfield Inn currently stands. The American Hotel was built in 1871, the year the Adirondack Railroad was constructed from Saratoga Springs to North Creek, and burned down in 1903. Eventually, the Owens House was moved across the street.

Once the home of the Owens family, the Owens House is now owned by the North Creek Depot Museum.

The museum is open noon-3 p.m. Friday-Monday. Donations are accepted and can be placed in the bed pan on display, the Perfection Bed Pan No. 2: “The Most Comfortable Bed Pan in the World.”

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