Croghan: Maple, Milling, and Mennonites
The western Adirondack border community of Croghan, set along the Black River Trail in Lewis County, may be best known for its bologna, but it has much more to offer in the way of charm, character, and history. Settled by War of 1812 veteran General George Croghan, the town grew around lumber and tanning industries, both of which harnessed the Black River for power.
Today, it is home to a variety of businesses and cultural sites. On this tour, we will first visit the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Farm, followed by the Croghan Island Mill Lumber Company, one of the state’s last water-powered saw mills in operation. After that, we will tour downtown sites, including visits to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church and the American Maple Museum and Hall of Fame, where we will learn about an important regional industry. Lastly, we will explore the restored Croghan Railroad Depot and museum and have the unique opportunity take a ride in a 1945 speeder car.
This tour will be led by Town of Croghan Historian Laurie Halladay and several local experts.
The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m.
FEE: $55 for members and $65 for non-members
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