Falconer Historian Speaks to Valley Historical Society

Shown is Brenda Cavallaro, Falconer Historian, giving a presentation of the history of Falconer at the Valley Historical Society in Sinclairville.

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Falconer historian, Brenda Cavallaro, was the recent guest speaker at the Valley Historical Society. She has been a resident of Falconer for many years and now serves as the historian. Her presentation included an introduction of herself, her schooling, her teaching years, and now her time with history. She said several times, relatives of founders of Falconer would visit and she would interview them.

Cavallaro spoke about the first post office in 1872 at the D.A.V. and P. railroad station. It was called the Worksburg Post Office and the first postmistress was Lorinda Tracey. Two years later, the name of the post office changed to Falconer Post Office. Today, the post office is located on South Work Street and Everett Street. Also presented was the history of the blacksmith in Falconer, called the Hines Blacksmith at 121 W. Main St., which was there from 1892 to 1952. A very interesting presentation was enjoyed by all.

Larry Barmore is the president of the Valley Historical Society, and opened the meeting by leading all in the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Treasurer John Sipos read the summary of the August meeting, and then presented the monthly financial report.

The museum will continue to be open for tours at no cost on Sundays September 17th and 24th. A tour guide is always present.

Following the meeting, homemade apple pies, baked by Carol Barmore, were served with cheese and punch. Carol is famous for her apple pies. The Valley Historical Society had its beginnings in 1977 by the late John and Ruth Smith, and Rev. John Rough, who saw a need to preserve the history of the valley area. The museum was purchased one year later and is located at the corner of Main and Lester streets in the village of Sinclairville. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. and held in the Sinclairville Library. For more information on the historical society, write to P.O. Box 1045, Sinclairville, NY 14782. New members are always welcome.