Madison County historian unveils array of events for May


Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz is inviting the public to a host of events this May, from a guided spring walk along the historic Gerrit Smith Estate, to the Cottage Lawn Farmers Market.

Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. — The Erieville-Nelson Heritage Society will host a dedication ceremony for its new historical marker at the Weaver Barn, 3676 Erieville Road at the intersection of Erieville and Old State Road. Event is rain or shine.

Saturday, May 1, 2 to 4 p.m. — The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will host a guided spring walk on the seven acres of the historic property. Rebecca McElheny, author of the guide “Reading the Landscape of the Gerrit Smith Estate,” will identify plants, bushes, shrubs and trees that have been growing since Gerrit Smith walked the landscape. Masks are required. The event is free. For information, visit or email

Tuesday, May 11, 2 p.m. — The Hilltop House & Studio at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park will host a special online illustrated author’s talk with Valerie A. Balint. Balint, senior program manager, will lead a discussion that places Dorothy, and Hilltop House at Stone Quarry Hill in the context of other preserved sites of major American visual artists. Discover the connections between Riester, and other groundbreaking artists of her era who also crafted “handmade homes.” Event is free, but registration is required. For information, visit or call 315-655-3196. To reserve a spot, visit

Tuesday, May 11, 7 p.m. — The Oneida Community Mansion House will host a Historic Preservation Zoom presentation. Join representatives from the board and staff of the Oneida Community Mansion House for a discussion about the Oneida Community Mansion House History and upcoming preservation efforts. The talk will include an overview of the building’s architecture and history, a look at recent preservation accomplishments and a preview of the upcoming projects followed by a question and answer session. For information or to sign up, visit

Wednesday, May 12, 7 p.m. — Cazenovia Heritage will host a special virtual presentation titled “Say Cheese! When Cheese was King in Cazenovia.” Milton Sernett will lead the presentation with a review of his book. “Say Cheese, The Story of the Era When New York State Cheese was King.” Porter will discuss how he acquired a stereographic image of a cheese factory taken by a Cazenovia photographer and how he tried to determine the location of the factory. Event is free, but registration is required. To reserve a spot or for more information, visit

Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. — The village of Cazenovia will re-dedicate the repaired/restored 1835 Lincklaen House Sign. The short ceremony will be held at the sign location in front of the Lincklaen House, Cazenovia, to recognize the return of the sign, its unique historic significance, and to thank those contributing to its re-restoration. The dedication is rain or shine. Event is free.


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