Stroll through Esperance history

To the Editor:
The Esperance Historical Society and Museum is hosting a “Soup & Stroll” on Oct. 9 at 1 p.m., starting in front of the Esperance-Sloansville United Methodist Church at 175 Main St.

This will be an historic walking tour of the village of Esperance, ending with homemade soup at the Esperance Methodist Education Building on Main Street, Route 20. The tour will include the site of one of the first bridges built by New York State, in 1793, and the history of the Esperance Covered Bridge (1812-1930) built by Theodore Burr. Also, walkers will hear a  story of the 1930 bridge and bubble gum.

The tour includes a 200-year-old home that was built by a Revolutionary War prisoner of war and later owned by a Civil War veteran wounded at Gettysburg. The house also has a tragic World War I story. In addition, this house has survived five accidents with trucks barreling down at it at breakneck speed!

We will also hear about the famous Eastman’s Cheese House and some other historic properties and end with a history of the Methodist Church while enjoying homemade soup, all by donation to benefit the Esperance Museum.

Books and postcards will be for sale, telling the history of the village and some of the sites visited. Tickets are limited and free registration is appreciated at

Ken Jones



Historical Society

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