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    Glimmerglass

    BY:History Boys

    About 17 miles due west of Sharon Springs and 8 miles north of Cooperstown, at the northern end of Otsego Lake, a striking structure overlooks Otsego Lake. In this building – the Alice Busch Opera Theater – one can experience world-class opera and musical theater. This is the home of the internationally acclaimed Glimmerglass Festival, […]

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    New York Times profile of July in Sharon Springs (in 1883)

    BY:Josh and Brent

    Everybody always says that Sharon Springs has “seen better days.”  Well, that may be. But according to one New York Times reporter, it wasn’t “all that” even when it was all that. Click to download pdf: Sharon Springs New York Times

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    C.V. Turnpike

    BY:History Boys

    Sharon Springs is situated at the intersection of U.S. Route 20, east-west, and State Route 10, north-south. The roads of upstate New York all have their histories, reflecting the growth of the state itself. Many of course started as Indian trails, then became wagon and carriage roads, and eventually carried motorized vehicles along hills, plateaus, […]

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    The Forest Primeval

    BY:History Boys

    The Oldest Forest Schoharie County has a fascinating past. Some of our blogs relate to its exciting Revolutionary history, tied in part to the region’s importance agriculturally. Sharon Springs, the home of Beekman 1802, has a remarkable history as a resort town because of its mineral springs. We haven’t yet even discussed Vroman’s Nose in […]

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    Thayendanegea

    BY:History Boys

    Thayendanegea (translated from the Iroquoian as “he places two bets”) was born in the Ohio Valley in 1742, while his parents were on a hunting trip away from their home in the Mohawk Valley. His father died soon after his birth; his mother eventually remarried Mohawk chief Nikus Brant, and Thayendanegea became known as Joseph […]

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    We’ve Got the Beats

    BY:History Boys

    Poetry Farm The name East Hill is a familiar one. Many communities have hills of that name lying to their east. One such hill lies to the east of Cherry Valley in Otsego County. It has been known by other names throughout the years – Brimstone Mountain, Mount Independence, Signal Hill, and Tower Hill. It […]

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    The Six Nations

    BY:History Boys

    We were recently asked by a curious young person … Who exactly are the Iroquois and how do the relate to the Mohawk? We wrote about the Mohawk woman Kateri Tekakwitha in an earlier blog, but we thought we better clarify the relationship of the Mohawk Nation to the Iroquois Confederacy, also known as the […]

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    War!

    BY:History Boys

    The Battle of New Dorlach The New York Frontier around Sharon Springs was the setting for many skirmishes between Loyalists and Rebels and respective Native American allies during the American Revolution. Because of continuing Loyalist raids in the Mohawk Valley in 1780, Governor George Clinton of New York gave Colonel Marinus Willett command of the […]

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    The First Instant Message

    BY:History Boys

      What Hath God Wrought In researching the history of Sharon Springs and neighboring communities, one comes upon fascinating individuals. Some of them made upstate New York their home and were central to political and sociological events. Others were visitors to the region and drew on its pastoral beauty and quietude to pursue their callings. […]

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    Proverbial

    BY:History Boys

    Folk Wisdom A proverb can be defined as a short saying that illustrates a truth. Typically rural in origin and part of oral tradition, they represent the homespun wisdom of a people. The 16th-17th century Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes put forth – in proverb form – that “a proverb is a short sentence based […]

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