We want your news! Send us: News release |Letter to the Editor | Share a picture | Newborn | Birthday | Engagement | Wedding | Other Milestone
Today









Oswego County Underground Railroad Interpretive Center Opens Dec. 1

MEXICO – The Starr Clark Tin Shop and Underground Railroad Museum will open its doors to visitors at an open house Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

Jim Hotchkiss (left) and Rich LaCrosse admire the hand-hewn white pine beams and floor at the Starr Clark Tin Shop on Main Street in Mexico. The building is being restored by the Mexico Historical Society and will house displays about the Underground Railroad. The historical society will host an open house at 2 p.m. Dec. 1.

Jim Hotchkiss (left) and Rich LaCrosse admire the hand-hewn white pine beams and floor at the Starr Clark Tin Shop on Main Street in Mexico. The building is being restored by the Mexico Historical Society and will house displays about the Underground Railroad. The historical society will host an open house at 2 p.m. Dec. 1.

The building at the intersection of state Routes 104 and 69 in the village of Mexico was a known site of abolitionist activity during the decades preceding the Civil War.

Constructed in 1827, it is believed to be the oldest mercantile building in Oswego County.

It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

The Mexico Historical Society acquired the building and, led by village residents Jim and Brenda Hotchkiss, raised funds to restore it and plan exhibits for an Underground Railroad interpretive center.

The group received a New York State Environmental Protection Fund grant and local matching funds to help finance the project.

The museum will feature tinsmith’s tools and tables and an interpretive kiosk on the Underground Railroad provided by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Additional items will be added as renovation continues and more rooms are made ready for visitors.

The Mexico Historical Society will host an open house Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Starr Clark Tin Shop and Underground Railroad Museum on Main Street, Mexico. The building was a meeting place for abolitionists when it was owned by Starr Clark, a tinsmith, during the decades before the Civil War.

The Mexico Historical Society will host an open house Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Starr Clark Tin Shop and Underground Railroad Museum on Main Street, Mexico. The building was a meeting place for abolitionists when it was owned by Starr Clark, a tinsmith, during the decades before the Civil War.

The building’s exterior has been restored to appear as it did in the earliest known photograph.

The foundation was rebuilt, front door was moved back to the center of the building, roof and windows were replaced, and the original white pine paneled walls and floors were restored.

Richard and Leslie LaCrosse, owners of Antique Log Homes of Parish, are doing the interior renovations.

Jim Hotchkiss said the open house coincides with the Christmas in Mexico holiday celebration of church bazaars, a farm market and sales throughout the village on Dec. 1.

A more formal dedication ceremony will be held in the spring.

The public is invited to attend.

Print This Post Print This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

 

Search Our Archives:

Fatal Car – Pedestrian Crash Reported In Volney

State Police in Fulton are investigating a fatal car/pedestrian accident that occurred around 1 p.m.on Thursday (Aug. 28), on County Route 57 in the town of Volney. The victim reportedly ran out in front of a vehicle.

Continue reading


Barnard Named Branch Manager at Pathfinder Bank Cicero Branch

Randall Barnard II has been named branch manager at Pathfinder Bank’s Cicero branch located at 6194 State Route 31, according to Robert Butkowski, vice president/branch administration manager.

Continue reading


Dillon Welcomes New Fifth Graders with Hot Dog Roast

Incoming fifth graders were greeted with a trail of colorful balloons that lead to the cafeteria for a short presentation given by teachers and staff to assist with the transition to middle school. Teachers kept a positive and encouraging tone as they spoke about lockers, block scheduling, lunches, homework and more.

Continue reading


Hamilton Blisters Thursday Morning Test at Oswego Speedway

In Thursday’s early morning hours, 1997 International Classic champion Davey Hamilton blistered Budweiser Classic Week testing with the new Nicotra Racing No. 6 Hawk Supermodified. Hamilton laid down the fastest lap of the week thus far with a circuit of 16.352 at 137 mph in the brand new Nicotra roadster, making Hamilton an immediate threat for the International Classic pole position during tomorrow night’s ‘Fast 14’ pole day Supermodified time trials that will go green at 6:30 p.m.

Continue reading


Ritchie Secures $100,000 To Assist Central Square

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 to help the village of Central Square improve transportation for pedestrians and make improvements to its wastewater treatment plant.

Continue reading



v3_2014_64