Graveyard Walk Returns

History Weekend returned to the Town of Johnsburg for the weekend of September 6-8, 2019. The weekend kicked off Friday evening at Union Cemetery where the Johnsburg Historical Society, the North Creek Depot Museum, and Gem Radio Theatre will collaborated again to bring the popular Graveyard Walk back to the weekend’s events.

The stories of six deceased residents of the cemetery were shared by actors in period clothing on a guided walking tour, followed by a dessert reception at the Baptist Church adjacent to the cemetery. Honorees for this year’s tour included a Native American guide, a WW2 soldier, a beloved grandmother with roots that go back to the American Revolution, and the return of Melissa Ordway, the infamous other woman who resides in the mausoleum overlooking the town at the top of Union Cemetery.

Commemorative buttons served as admission to the event.

An additional seated performance was offered at the Minder Lodge at the Ski Bowl on Wednesday, September 11, at 7:00 pm, for people who may find it difficult to navigate the uneven ground at the cemetery. In addition to the stories of the 2019 Graveyard Walk honorees, Gem Radio Theatre presented an encore performance of their History Tea, at which stories of five famous/infamous characters from near and far were shared.

Now in our 45th year, Johnsburg Historical Society since 1973 has been fulfilling its mission to preserve, protect and promote the history of the Town of Johnsburg.

Living History Interviews

Stories today about yesterday for tomorrow.

The Living History Committee continues to enjoy the privilege of interviewing and recording Johnsburg residents. Every interview confirms our belief that each person's story is a fascinating link to our shared history.

What's Happening at JHS

December 9, 2019: Annual JHS Holiday Luncheon at Inn on Gore Restaurant (see Calendar Page)

October 5, 2019: "Voice of the Mountains" with Eileen Egan Mack and Dan Berggren at TPCC. Details inside.

May 2019: Riverwalk Interpretive Sign Project underway

January 2019: Exciting grant awards for JHS: see inside.

September 6, 7, and 8, 2019: History Days Weekend

Friday, September 6, 2019: Graveyard Walk at Union Cemetery, North Creek

Spring 2018: JHS Receives Donation

Johnsburg Historical Society has received a welcome gift from Lyle Dye, former president of JHS and founder of Our Town Theatre Group. The donation consists of several dozen books relating to Theodore Roosevelt, so significant to the history of the Town of Johnsburg.

Mr. Dye's North Creek home houses a "Roosevelt Room" containing books, posters and artifacts relating to TR. The books were donated to JHS and the posters and artifacts were gifted to North Creek Depot Museum, where they can be displayed in a museum setting.

When the books are accessed into the JHS collection, Johnsburg residents will be welcome to borrow these treasured items from the Society.


Additional Signage was applied to the John Thurman/Elm Hill historical marker on South Johnsburg Road.


Latest Living History Interviews

Amy Vedder and Bill Weber, August 2019

Peggy Freebern and Sib Lawrence, November, 2018

Phyllis Putnam Montayne at the home of Olga Lapell, October 2018

Jack Masten at his woodcarving workshop, April 2018

Chuck Barton at Tannery Pond Community Center, August 2017

Dorothy Lomax at Adirondack Tri-County Nursing Home, February 5 , 2016 and Tom Buckshot Butler at Tannery Pond Community Center, May 3, 2016, Phil Goodman at his home, September 2016, Mike Bowers at Bar Vino, September 2016, Sally Heidrich, March 2017, Mary Jane Freebern, April 2017, Nick Curcio, May 2017



History Happened Here: Johnsburg Historical Society Preserves It

A busy summer for Johnsburg Historical Society is transitioning into a busy autumn/winter. Programs, awards, grants, exhibits and interviews are on the schedule.

January 2019: See Grant News Page for exciting awards to JHS

May 3, 2019: Gifts to Grads: JHS presents local history book to each graduating senior at Johnsburg

June 29, 2019: At Johnsburg Central School graduation, JHS awards a $250 scholarship, the Mathew Brady History Award, to graduate Thomas Fuller.

June 22, 2016: A new Mathew Brady historical marker is installed at its loriginal location, Pasco Road and Route 28, Wevertown

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For more information call 251-5788 or email johnsburghistory@gmail.com or visit website, www.johnsburghistoricalsociety.org

John Thurman Roadside Marker has been installed. South Johnsburg Road, 1/4 mile south of Hudson Street intersection


Thank you exceedingly for your gift that helped to replace the stolen Mathew Brady sign. Your donation added to the others exceeded our needs and allowed us to include interpretive signage to the site. The signs were installed without fanfare on June 22, 2016 at the intersection of Pasco Road with Rt. 28 one mile north of “The Glen” in the Town of Johnsburg.