QUEENSBURY Warren County’s second-largest town was in the spotlight this week, as the county’s leaders commemorated the Bicentennial of its founding.
The town of Warrensburg was hailed by the county Board of Supervisors at its monthly meeting, held Feb. 15. The town was founded on Feb. 12, 1813, according to historical accounts.
Town of Stony Creek Supervisor Frank Thomas, who serves as the county’s budget officer, read a proclamation honoring Warrensburg. The document was presented to Warrensburg supervisor Kevin Geraghty, who serves as the chairman of the county board.
A framed print of the 1891 Burleigh Map of Warrensburg was also presented to Geraghty, as well as other Warrensburg officials and citizens attending the event.
Representatives of the Warrensburgh Historical Society, the Warrensburg Beautification Committee, and the Warren County Bicentennial Committee were on hand for the presentation.
The Town of Warrensburg was established on February 12, 1813, a hamlet first known as “The Bridge.” Warrensburg was developed due to its vast tracts of softwood forests and a 70-foot drop in the Schroon River in its last three miles before entering the Hudson River, providing water power for producing lumber and tanning leather.
Relying on this local natural power source, entrepreneurs developed various sawmills, gristmills, tanneries, as well as plants that manufactured clothing, paper and cardboard. One of the town’s products, the sturdy wool Warrensburgh Pants, became nationally famous. Potash production was an important factor in the economy of the town during its formative years.
With its various industries, Warrensburg rose to pre-eminence in the 1800s, a status that endured well into the 20th Century.
Along the way, the town produced some notable citizens, influential in expeditions, cultural development and state politics.
Frank Thomas, in his speech, extended appreciation to the town’s representatives and their predecessors, whose efforts over the past 200 years contributed to the development, progress and quality of life in both the town and Warren County, which was established the same year.
Friday’s observance is one of many to be held throughout 2013 in connection with the county’s bicentennial. For details, see: www.warrenny200.org.