Neighbors enjoying neighbors

Published Aug 28, 2017 at 4:00pm

If Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben were alive today, it’s likely he’s find much of the present-day Town of Steuben quite familiar.

Certainly the roads have improved since the baron lived in the town, and he would find utility poles somewhat puzzling, but the nature and beauty of one of the county’s most rural towns are essentially unchanged. From its heights, the autumn foliage is spectacular.

Baron Steuben served as inspector general and major general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army in teaching troops the essentials of military drills, tactics, and disciplines. He served for a time as General Washington’s chief of staff. In all, he was an important man. Born in Germany, he became an American citizen.

The town is part of the land grant made to von Steuben after the American Revolution. He maintained his summer residence in a log cabin in the town before settling there. His remains are buried in a state historic site in the town.

This past weekend Steuben neighbors and friends celebrated the 91st annual Steuben Old Home Days. Besides the horseshoe tournament, there were the annual crafts and booths, a tractor pull, music and a pork and dressing dinner. We are assured everyone had a good time. The event concluded with a community worship service at Steuben United Methodist Church.

The Old Home Days, which benefits nearby cemeteries and the Steuben United Methodist Women’s Association, is one of those events that bind a community together — neighbors enjoying neighbors — and that make summer special.