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WILMINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY-
SELLING DISCOUNTED GREAT ESCAPE TICKETS-
The Wilmington Historical Society is once again selling Great Escape
tickets at a discounted price. A portion of the proceeds go to the historical society.
They may be purchased at T&T Tanning, the Village Hardware,
and the Whiteface Visitors Bureau in Wilmington, or note that this year
you can pay online by credit or debit card by following the instructions on the attached poster. Great Escape Discount Tickets


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WILMINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO PRESENT “Between this World and the Next: The Adirondack Regiment/118th New York Volunteers”---July 30

WILMINGTON – The Wilmington Historical Society will present "Between This World and the Next: the Adirondack Regiment/118th New York Volunteers" to be held on Wednesday, July 30th at 7 pm at the Wilmington Community Center. The speaker is researcher Sharp Swan, a board member of the Pok O MacCready Outdoor Education Center in Willsboro, NY. Civil War re-enactor from the 118th Adirondack Regiment group, Phil Jackson of Elizabethtown, NY, will add authenticity to the program.

When the Adirondack Regiment or the 118th New York Volunteers left Plattsburgh on September 1st, 1862 to fight the rebellious southern states in a War that later became known as the Civil War, they had no idea what lay ahead of them. On that misty, damp morning as they pulled away from the docks for the trip down Lake Champlain, for so many of the almost 1000 men this would be the last they saw of the region that they had grown up in and knew so well. For almost three years the men of the Adirondack Regiment fought in some of the bloodiest battles like Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg, the capture of Fort Harrison and finally the second battle of Seven Oaks in which half of the regiment was captured. By the time they were mustered out in Plattsburgh at the end of the war, there were only 299 men left to answer the final roll call. This is the story of their journey as they fought to try and keep the Union together, told mostly through the original writings and stories of men that were there.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by the Country Bear Bakery in Wilmington. For further information, contact the Wilmington Historical Society at 518-420-8370.


A New Book-“Wilmington & the Whiteface Region” is here!

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Now one of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, Wilmington and the Whiteface Region is authored by the Wilmington Historical Society.

About the book:

While the year-round population of Wilmington has never been more than 1200, it swells to about 3.000 residents on average during the summer months, with 400,000 tourists visiting annually. As a small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Wilmington’s history spans 2 centuries, transforming from its agricultural and industrial roots to a popular four-season tourist resort. We are proud to have been able to put the history of our town into context with our book Wilmington and the Whiteface Region, with photographs and information of interest for residents and tourists alike. The 11 contributing authors of Wilmington and the Whiteface Region, each with a unique area of expertise, are Laurie Bepler, Nancy Cressey, Robert J. Cressey, Gilbert Dyke, Linda Joss-Dyke, Merri C. Peck, Karen Marshall Peters, Robert Peters, Julie Robards, Guy Stephenson Jr., and Douglas A. Wolfe. It is an ideal “memory book” for local past and present residents. We know that residents and others with ties to Wilmington will take pride in re-forming their identity through the history of their town. It makes a unique “souvenir” book for tourists whether they visit one or more of our attractions of Whiteface Mountain, Whiteface Mountain Highway, Whiteface Ski Center/summer gondola ride, High Falls Gorge, and Santa’s Workshop, or whether they come here to ski, fish, hike or bike or just relax and refresh their personal spirit and appreciation of life. We wish to encourage visitors to not just come once, but to return again and again to enjoy all that our town has to offer it can be purchased from the Wilmington Historical Society, at local gift shops and stores, and in book outlets such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Order your copy here


Upcoming Programs by Wilmington Historical Society

2014 Programs in Adobe Reader

WILMINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY- SELLING DISCOUNTED GREAT ESCAPE TICKETS-

The Wilmington Historical Society is once again selling Great Escape tickets at a discounted price. A portion of the proceeds go to the Historical Society. They may be purchased at T&T Tanning, the Village Hardware, and the Whiteface Visitors Bureau in Wilmington, or note that this year you can pay online by credit or debit card by following the instructions on the attached poster.


MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Wilmington Historical Society is to collect, preserve, display and interpret the documents, photographs and artifacts that tell the unique story of how the people of this remote, mountainous small town with big ideas have adapted and survived in the harsh yet beautiful environment of the Adirondacks . Adopted 5/18/05
To join us, see the applicaton form here.


Take a two mile walking tour of Wilmington, New York to understand the history of Wilmington. Wilmington began as an industrial/agricultural town in 1822. By the turn of the 20th century, Wilmington evolved into a tourism based economy. Find out how that happened...
Wilmington Historical Walking Tour


Please note our "Open Discussion" dates for 2014.

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