Pomfret historian talks about marker

SINCLAIRVILLE — Todd Langworthy, Pomfret historian since 2005, was the guest speaker at the recent Valley Historical Society meeting held in the Sinclairville Fire hall. Langworthy is the adjunct lecturer at the SUNY Fredonia Department of History.

Langworthy said a historical marker will be installed in the spring of 2023 to mark the visit of The Marquis de Lafayette in Fredonia on Saturday June 4, 1825. He had served as an officer on Gen. George Washington’s staff through 1778. The Marquis was distinguished for his bravery and his loyalty to the cause, and General Washington. From the summer of 1777 through the fall of 1778, the Marquis was involved in most of the engagements of the Continental Army.

In early 1825, the Marquis set out for a tour of the more remote areas of America, and visited the southern and western states from February 1825 through June 1825. On his way, he made a stop in Fredonia on June 4th, 1825 at 2 a.m. A piece of military was fired to signal his arrival, and the entire town of Fredonia was awaiting his arrival. He gave a speech on a platform in front of the Abell Hotel, near the park. He reviewed the troops and had breakfast before departing.

The marker will be on the lawn of the museum at 7 Day St.

Larry Barmore is the historical society president, and Betty Jean Ridout is the vice president. Sue Peacock is the secretary, and John Sipos is the treasurer. Following the meeting, refreshments were served by Helen Runge and Diane Maloy.

The Valley Historical Society was organized in 1977 by the late John and Ruth Smith, and Rev. John Rough and Walter Waite, who saw a need to preserve the history of the Cassadaga Valley area. The museum was purchased one year later at Main and Lester Streets in the village. For more information on the Valley Historical Society, write to P.O. Box 1045, Sinclairville, NY 14782.


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