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This year’s WHS theme for the Wilmington Festival of COLOR will be “School Days.” WHS will demonstrate typical children’s games of the day along with a display of school items including pictures, games and a Peace Bell.


The Wilmington Historical Society will present “Old Time Religion---Camp Meetings” with Wilmington Holiness Interdenominational Camp Trustee Dan Gould and Wilmington Town Historian Merri Carol Peck on Friday, July 21st at 7 pm at the Wilmington Holiness Interdenominational Camp at 704 Hardy Road in Wilmington. The program will begin at the tabernacle on the property. Operational for over 100 years, the Wilmington Holiness Interdenominational Camp is one of the few remaining institutions of its kind in America. The program will include an introduction and general historical overview by Merri Carol Peck and a slide presentation by Dan Gould, followed by a tour of the camp ground.

What is a camp meeting? Originally it was a type of outdoor revival meeting that was held on the American frontier during the 19th century by various Protestant denominations. Camp meetings filled a religious and spiritual need in the frontier settlements as the population moved west. As the name indicates, those who attended such meetings arrived on the property prepared to camp out, gathering from distances as great as 30 to 40 miles away. Activities included preaching, prayer meetings, hymn singing, social gatherings and other such activities. Camp meetings were festive, on a par with the excitement generated by county fairs and political campaigns and provided rare opportunities for folks to get away from their hard existence and visit with friends and neighbors. The theology of the preachers varied and the meetings lasted many days. By 1811 the Methodist bishop Francis Asbury reported in his journal that over 400 camp meetings were held annually along the frontier from Georgia to Michigan.

In our area in the mid 19thcentury, Bloomingdale, Wilmington and Jay at Stickney Bridge were places where camp meetings were held, one of them with a gathering of about 3,000 people. In 1905, the Wilmington Interdenominational Holiness Camp was founded by Halsey and Gladys Haselton, Daniel Webster Haselton and his wife Allie Cooper Haselton, and Dean and Maria Hardy. Dean and Maria Hardy donated the land on Hardy Road for the camp, which currently has a number of rustic outbuildings, including a tabernacle and a dining hall.

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.

Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run Presented by Haselton Lumber and the Little Super Market

Whiskey sampling, raffles, beautiful scenery, and a little history, too!
Welcome to beautiful Wilmington, NY, the home of Whiteface Mountain and, this summer, the 10K Whiskey Run! But why a Whiskey Run you ask? As it turns out, the area has quite a storied history with liquor, legal and otherwise. During the War of 1812 Wilmington supplied good rye whiskey to the American troops at the Battle of Plattsburgh as part of their daily ration. During prohibition with its proximity to Canada, Wilmington residents distilled moonshine and provided temporary haven for bootleggers crossing the border, and to this day, Wilmington is home to US Barrel, the oldest whiskey barrel cooperage in the Northeast. So with our somewhat checkered history and natural beauty we invite you to join us for the inaugural Wilmington Whiteface 10K Whiskey Run June 17th, 2017 starting at 9:30 am. Following the race is the awards ceremony with lunch available at Pourman’s Tap House along with free whiskey tasting by area distilleries and a demonstration of barrel making by US Barrel with a chance to win a whiskey aging kit. Run participants will receive a t-shirt and a “swag bag” filled with quality local goods.

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

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ADIRONDACK 102 CLUB: YOUR PASSPORT & GUIDE TO THE NORTH COUNTRY is by Martin Podskoch with Wilmington resident Jeri Wright providing the cover photo. ACTUAL OR ARMCHAIR TRAVELER, YOU CAN VISIT ALL 102 TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN THE ADIRONDACKS---written by residents of each town or village so that you are getting an insider's information about the history, the uniqueness of the place, recreation opportunities and points of interest. By getting the book signed or stamped in each town, the traveler accumulates “towns & villages visited”. Adults and children of all ages can be members. Once a member has reached their goal of visiting all 102 towns & villages, they will then receive the “Vagabond” award, so named after the self-described “Vagabonds” Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone & John Burroughs who took automobile camping trips throughout the Adirondacks.

Price: $20.00, including tax.

10% discount for Wilmington Historical Society members. Order your copy here

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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
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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

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