Madison County Historical Events September 12-18 – Oneida Expedition


The Madison County Historian’s Office announced the following events for this week:

On Monday, September 12 at 6 p.m., the Hamilton Public Library, 13 Broad St., Hamilton, will host “Honoring World War Casualties of Madison County, NY.” Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz will talk about his new book of the same name. He will discuss the soldiers who were killed during the First and Second World Wars. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Free entry. For more information, call 315-824-3060.

On Wednesday, September 14 at 7 p.m., the Erieville/Nelson Heritage Society, 4085 Nelson Road, Cazenovia, will host watercolourist Drayton Jones at the Erieville Fire Station, 3653 Eaton Brook Road, Erieville. Jones, based in Fayetteville, will exhibit his paintings of farm scenes in Erieville, Nelson and Fenner townships. He will explain his artistic techniques and answer questions from the public. Free entry. For more information, please email

On Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m., the Town of Marshall Historical Society will host a special presentation by Susan Murray-Miller. Murray-Miller will talk about dowsing and Brothertown burials. The Marshall Town Historical Society will host the event at City Hall, 2651 State Route 12 B, Deansboro. For more information, please visit or email

On Saturday, September 17 from noon to 5:30 p.m., the Madison County Historical Society, 435 Main St., Oneida, will host the 26th annual Hop Fest. Come celebrate over 200 years of hop heritage that began in Madison County. The day’s festivities will include a hop shop, hop exhibit, vendors selling hop-related merchandise, raffles and food trucks.

From noon to 2 p.m., Al Bullard, author of “The Hop Farmer’s Years: The Seasons and Tools & Methods of Hop Growers in NY State’s Golden Age of Hops,” will identify tools and equipment from specific manufacturing sites in Madison, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties.

From 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Guy Young Band will perform live. Also from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the craft beer tasting will take place. The event will feature craft beers from over 25 breweries.

Free entry. Tickets for the craft beer tasting are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Attendees of the craft beer sampling will receive a free 5oz. keepsake glass. Tickets can be purchased at, the Madison County Historical Society or at Kraig’s Kegs in Sherrill. For more information, please visit

On Saturday, September 17 at 2 p.m., Cazenovia Heritage will hold a special presentation titled “The Art of Reproduction – Three Generations of Scalamandre Textiles, Trims and Wall Coverings” at Hillcrest, The Jephson Estate, 4571 Ridge Road in Cazenovia.

Former Scalamandre Restoration and Archives Director, Leslie Degeorges, will talk about the Scalamandre Mill and its famously luxurious fabrics. Places are limited, registration is compulsory. To reserve your spot, please call 315-655-2092. For more information, please visit

On Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Clay Historical Association will hold its annual fall festival at Clay Historical Park, 4939 Route 31, Clay. Come enjoy apple donuts, hot dogs, cones and drinks! Discover the Kiddie Corner with games and face painting.

The day’s festivities will include an Onondaga County Sheriff’s History Table, Civil War re-enactments, a demonstration by Karate John, local authors and more. There is no charge for this event. For more information, call Cindy at 315-927-7573 or visit

On Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m., Lorenzo State Historic Site, 17 Rippleton Rd, Cazenovia, will host a special fine arts tour. Join art historian Elisabeth Genter Montevecchio for a free 45-minute tour showcasing Lorenzo’s incredible collection of artwork.

The collection includes works by Sanford Gifford, Edward Moran, Jasper Cropsey, Dwight Williams and 17th century Dutch masters. Reservations required, as places are limited. To reserve your spot, please call 315-655-3200, ext. 106 or by email:

On Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m., Syracuse’s Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Ave, Syracuse, will host a special tour titled “Stories a Plenty in 19 & 20.” Diane Medvitz will guide attendees to unique stories of people residing in these two sections, including the legendary Colvin family.

This event is free, but donations are encouraged. Please enter the cemetery at the Comstock entrance and follow the signs. All tours are rain or shine, canceled in the event of thunder and lightning. For more information, please call 315-263-7159 or visit

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Patrick F. Williams