Ken Gottry - Cambridge NY History

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.

Cambridge VillageBusiness Map2014large

I did it. I published a book!

Some of the first settlers on the western edge of our community were Scotch-Irish who came between 1763 to 1765 from Colerain and Pelham near the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. The community was first known as Green settlement, then Scotland or Stevenson?s Corner. Around 1850, when the post office was established, the community received its current name of Coila.

CoilaChurch and Parsonage

The Lauderdale Fair started around 1883 on the O.C. Valentine farm at the southern end of Lake Lauderdale. Later this was the location of Corey’s Cabins and in the 1960s the Club 22 restaurant and bar.

In 1888 Jerome B. Rice helped form the Cambridge Valley Agricultural Society, purchase the Lauderdale Fair, and move it to the north edge of the village. The fairgrounds were located on the east side of North Park Street between Jerome Drive and the railroad tracks. (check Google Earth, the track is still visible) 

Part14 034 Fair HorseRace