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Photo contributed by the Wayne County Historical Society

Company M of the 17th Cavalry was made up of Wayne County recruits, mostly from Salem Township.

Honesdale businessman commanded locally-recruited cavalry

Company M, part of the 162nd Pennsylvania Regiment (17th Cavalry), was recruited in Wayne County—mostly in Salem Township—in the summer and autumn of 1862. It was commanded by Captain Coe Durland, who ended the Civil War as a lieutenant colonel and went on to become one of the most successful businessmen in Wayne County history.

Colors of the Railroad

We are as dark as the night. We move slowly through this winter chill. We were warned that going north would be cold, but our bones never expected this. Even as we huddle together, arms crossed, wrapped in hope, we shiver—not as much from the bitter cold, but from what lies ahead of us on the railroad.


Painting by Charles Wilson Peale

Thomas Jefferson

Did Jefferson hate Thanksgiving?

REGION — Most people know that the first Thanksgiving took place in November 1621, in what is now Plymouth, MA, when the recently-arrived Pilgrims mounted an autumn-harvest celebration with the Wampanoag Indians. What many may not know is that the harvest celebration, which was not yet called Thanksgiving, had religious origins.


Contributed

These Civil War and American Indian artifacts from the collection of Mary Lewis will be presented by collectors Richard Justus and John Rudy at the September 23 Coffee, Tea and History in Cochecton, NY.

12th annual Coffee, Tea and History

COCHECTON, NY — The Cochecton Preservation Society will host Coffee, Tea and History, “Civil War & Native American Artifacts of the Delaware River Valley,” Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m. at the Cochecton Train Station, 8537 Rte. 97. The event will be held rain or shine.


Contributed photo

This postcard is a photograph by Otto Hillig, a famous early 20th century Sullivan County photographer, of early Neversink settlers.

Neversink History Afternoon

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY  — Neversink History Afternoon will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum, on State Route 55. The museum’s rich collection of historical records, photographs, books and artifacts will be available to visitors, bringing to life the history of the Town of Neversink.


TRR photo by David Hulse

Still in its packing, the first of what is planned as a series of new Town of Highland historic markers is pictured last week resting on the porch of the town’s co-historians John and Debra Conway.

Highland history updated

ELDRED, NY — After more than 80 years, the Town of Highland is revealing more of its history to the motoring public, Supervisor Jeff Haas reported to the town board on August 14.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

As of August 2018, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System protects 12,754 miles of 209 rivers in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico—less than one-quarter of one percent of the nation’s rivers. New York has approximately 51,790 miles of river, of which 73.4 miles are designated as wild and scenic—roughly 1/10th of 1% of the state’s river miles. Currently the only New York waterway protected under this system is the Upper Delaware River.

Two to celebrate

In October, two significant 50-year anniversaries will be celebrated: the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails System Act.

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