Ken Gottry - Cambridge NY History

The Pitcairn Pistols, the ones that fired the Shot Heard Round the World to start the American Revolution, were once the possession of John Pope Putnam who lived on South Park Street in Cambridge, NY.

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a large multi-faceted organization (fraternal lodge, charitable society, special interest lobby, patriotic group, and political club) founded in 1866 by Union Army Surgeon Benjamin Franklin Stephenson in Decatur, IL.The Cambridge GAR Post was organized in 1882 and disbanded in 1924.

The sun was shining, the sidewalks were clear of snow and ice, but the weatherman was predicting another winter storm. Better take my walk over to the Library before the bad weather hits.

Following the Revolutionary War, population in the United States began to shift. The fledgling country tried to build roads through public financing, but construction was often haphazard and maintenance was spotty. 

The Great Northern Turnpike passed through Cambridge on its way from Lansingburgh to Granville. Today it's Turnpike Road and North/South Union Streets. As stage coach traffic passed through Cambridge Corners, hotels, liveries, and shops emerged spurring the economic development of the area.

In their September 4, 2013 meeting, the Cambridge Village Board announced that the Ackley Building (Legrys Buildings to old-timers) cannot be repaired and must be demolished. This leaves 3 of the original 6 buildings to celebrate their 130th anniversary next year.

Ackley Building 1890s Arrow      Ackley Building Sep2013 Arrow


April 2014 - Hannah Stevens and Sara Kelly created a business map of the Village of Cambridge for the 2014 Tour of the Battenkill bicycle race, America's largest one-day Pro/Am cycling race.

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