‘Historic treasure’ Onesquethaw Valley finally receives a marker

— Photo by Bill Hennessy

Marking history: On hand for the Sept. 9 dedication of the Onesquethaw Valley Historic District marker are, from left, Vince Perry, New Scotland Historical Association trustee; Chris Albright, NSHA Historic Sites chairman; Peter Kelly; Judy Kimes; Douglas LaGrange, New Scotland supervisor; Alan Kowlowitz, NSHA president; Dan Leinung, NSHA trustee and New Scotland councilman.

To the Editor:

On Saturday, Sept. 9, the New Scotland Historical Association unveiled and dedicated the marker identifying the Onesquethaw Valley Historic District.

In his remarks, the association’s president, Alan Kowlowitz, expressed the association’s gratitude for the marker which, after 49 years, finally identifies and acknowledges “the area’s importance to our history and heritage.” He conveyed the hope that “this commemoration will increase public recognition of this historical treasure.”

He also expressed our gratitude “to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, who financed the marker, for its commitment to the preservation of community history through awarding grants for historical markers and plaques.” He then went on to “personally thank Chris Albright who wrote and submitted the grant to the Pomeroy Foundation, Doug LaGrange, who gave permission to place the marker on his property and, as supervisor of the town of New Scotland, has been supportive of historic preservation efforts.”

President Kowlowitz then read a letter of congratulations from Deryn Pomeroy, trustee, of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation in which she wrote, “We’re proud to support your efforts to mark the history of your community. We commend you and send our appreciation to the New Scotland Historical Association, the local community and all those who were involved with obtaining the marker dedicated today. May this National Register marker endure as a lasting reminder of your community’s history now and for future generations.”

The Onesquethaw Valley Historic District follows the Onesquethaw Creek, often near present-day Route 32, from the end of Lower Flat Rock Road to just southeast of Feura Bush.

Judy Kimes


New Scotland

Historical Association

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