Cleveland Historical Society Presents Discussion about Rail History Sept. 18

CLEVELAND – Come to the Cleveland Historical Society on September 18 to hear “From the Beach to the Lake,” a discussion about railroad history with author John Taibi.

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Author John Taibi will discuss the old Ontario and Western Railroad service at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Cleveland, NY Historical Society.

His presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the society in the former St. James Episcopal Church, 7 North St., Cleveland.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Mr. Taibi is a frequent and popular speaker for historical societies, libraries and railroad hobby groups and his lecture will include a PowerPoint presentation,” said Kathy Darrow of the Cleveland Historical Society. “Many people will enjoy this talk, especially those who remember the trains going through the villages and blowing the whistle, or those who are interested in how the trains affected everyday life. We welcome the public to attend and encourage everyone to bring a friend.”

The presentation shows the Ontario & Western Railroad (O&W) route and services from Sylvan Beach to Lake Ontario.

Among other communities, the line passed through North Bay, Jewel, Cleveland, Bernhards Bay, Constantia, West Monroe and Central Square.

Taibi is the author of 12 books and 120 short stories that primarily focus on the history of the O&W Railroad.

He writes and prepares his lectures within one of the O&W’s old train stations. His Munnsville depot home was built in 1881.

For more information, call Darrow at 675-8688.