Washington County Historical Society

Our 2020 calendar is available for sale! It will be a perfect holiday gift for the local history buffs on your holiday shopping list!! This year's calendar celebrates Women's Suffrage in Washington county. It is entitled "Well-behaved Women Can Make History!". Read More.

The calendar costs $10.00. You may purchase on this site, at the WCHS Bookshop (open Weds. 10-4 and Fri 10-5 at the Wing-Northup house at 167 Broadway in FE), Battenkill Books (Cambridge), Old Wilson Homestead (Hebron), and the Old Fort House (Ft. Edward). The calendar will make a great birthday, holiday or any time gift! Please call our headquarters at the Wing-Northup House (518) 747-9108 if you would like more information.

The Washington County Historical Society is an educational organization dedicated to engaging diverse audiences in the study and appreciation of the collective heritage of Washington County, New York, and its environs. Its primary purpose is to promote public interest and participation in the preservation of the rich cultural heritage of Washington County, NY. The Heritage Research Library, a repository for regional books, written documents, genealogical information, and memorabilia, and the publication of regional books and annual journals, including those published by the historical society, highlight preservation efforts.

Lectures, workshops, tours and social events are scheduled throughout the year. Society headquarters are situated in the Wing-Northup House, built by entrepreneur Daniel Wood Wing c. 1815. This architecturally significant Federal style house is located in Fort Edward, New York. See map.

October 2019

Dear Friends of the Washington County Historical Society:

For the past 79 years, the Washington County Historical Society has depended on the generosity of donors who are dedicated to preserving our county's rich history. Your support has helped us to preserve and promote this distinctive cultural heritage.

2019 marks the third year since the Preservation Committee was re-established. This committee is responsible for the historic preservation and restoration award program. It also organizes the Cronkhite series of lectures.

This year we offered a variety of programs and events showcasing Women's History with a program on Grandma Moses, who lived in Eagle Bridge, and a Black History program featuring Whitehall blacksmith John Henry. We are excited to be hosting (have hosted) our 6th History Fair: a day-long program with 29 exhibits of local history from around the county and surrounding area as well as 11 speakers on a wide range of topics on local history. There are (were) activities for all ages including child-friendly programs to encourage young families to attend and participate in our organization. A Community Arts grant written by Claudia Blackler and myself will enable (enabled) us to host Adirondack folk singer Dave Ruch in concert at this year's History Fair. The grant is from the NYS Council on the Arts administered locally by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.

The Heritage Research Library has a dedicated librarian who assists scholars, authors, historians, and the public with their research. We continue to publish quarterly newsletters and an annual journal with authors who have a commitment to preserve our local history.

The Annual Appeal, along with grants written by Building Chairperson Sally Brillon, also helped us to complete much needed improvements to the Wing-Northup House. Your donations enable us to do all of the above and more.

Please continue to help us in any way you can, knowing your support will be appreciated and put to good use.

We are proud of the work we do, none of which could be done without individual donations made during our Annual Appeal. If you would like to make a contribution, please send checks payable to WCHS to The Washington County Historical Society, 167 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828. Thank you!

Debi Craig, President

Contributions to the Washington County Historical Society, a 501 (c)3 not for profit institution, are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.