Town of Middlesex, New York
 
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Historian

Email: heritage@middlesexny.org

Dan Robeson

Phone: 585-554-3607

Office Hours:

Wednesdays 9am to Noon

Mailing Address:

PO Box 147
Middlesex, NY 14507


MIDDLESEX HERITAGE GROUP - 2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The Middlesex Heritage Group works to preserve the artifacts and genealogical information for the Town of Middlesex and its immediate area. The Group also sponsors the following events:

5/27 at 11 am

Vine Valley Community House’s 3rd Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the House’s Walk of Honor. Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Win Harper will speak.

5/29 at 10 am

Rushville Memorial Day Parade – Retired Army Sgt. Major Jocey Henderson will speak. Charles Morris, a WWII Veteran, is our Grand Marshall, Joseph Valesko who was killed in action in Vietnam will be our Honored/Memorial Veteran, and Bruce Martin will be our Dedicated Citizen.

6/17 & 18 from 10am-4pm

Overackers Corners School Open House is part of the New York State Path Through History Weekend. Come visit an 1874 one-room schoolhouse and experience what it was like to go to school in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The school was restored in 1998 with books and furniture from that era. In addition, you can ring the original school bell. Volunteer historians will beavailable to give tours and answer questions. The school is on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

6/17 from 2–4pm

2nd Annual Community Picnic at Overackers Corners School. In conjunction with the open schoolhouse, we are hosting our second annual community potluck picnic at 2 pm. Come join us for an old-fashioned gathering. Bring a dish to pass, and beverage and plates will be supplied.

7/22 from 2-4pm

Women’ Suffrage Program at Overackers Corners School

8/06 from 2-4pm

Citizen Appreciation Day at the Middlesex Hose Company. This program was Initiated in 1992 by honoring Mr. Fred Harter, the Town Historian. Since then, more than 40 citizens have been honored: Town Board Members, businessmen, volunteers and fireman. The criteria for selection include being a longtime local resident who has made significant productive contributions to the people and Town of Middlesex.

9/02 from 2-4pm

Seneca Heritage Day at Overackers Corners School. Peter Jemison and Ronnie Reitter from the Ganondagan State Historic Site will talk about Women’s role in the Iroquois Confederacy and their influence on early Feminists. There will be a Seneca Singer and Dancers, and a children’s storyteller. In addition, homemade pies will be sold. There will be free water and ice cream. Bring a lawn chair.

9/02 at 8:30 pm

Annual Ring of Fire on Bare Hill. Arrive by 8 pm, bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.

10/7 – 9th from 10am -4pm

Overackers Corners School Open House is part of the New York State Path Through History Weekend. Come visit an 1874 one-room schoolhouse and experience what it was like to go to school in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The school was restored in 1998 with books and furniture from that era. In addition, you can ring the original school bell. Volunteer historians will be available to give tours and answer questions. The school is on the State and National Register of Historic Places.


History

By a deed dated July 15, 1789, Thomas Maxwell sold to Arnold Potter the land that included what are now the Town of Middlesex and the Town of Potter. This was approximately 42,230 acres. This was part of the Canandaigua district until 1797, when the Town of Augusta was organized. As there was already a Town of August, the name was changed to Middlesex in 1808. It was also called Potterstown and by some it was called Suckerstown because of the fish in West River. In 1832 it was divided, the east part taking the name of Potter in honor of Arnold Potter and the west part kept the name of Middlesex. The entire western boundary of the Town of Middlesex is Canandaigua Lake.

At the Board of Supervisors in Yates County in 1824, Middlesex’s first representative, Selden Williams, said, “The Town of Middlesex is so poor that nothing but eagles and angels can subsist there.”

Although we still have some poor we have the beautiful hills and valleys dotted with productive farms and scenic attractions including the village and picturesque Vine Valley.

Over the years, there has been some controversy regarding the birthplace of the Seneca nation between Nundawao (South Hill) and Genundowa (Bare Hill). They are both in the Town of Middlesex and border beautiful Canandaigua Lake.

 


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