Madison County historian unveils array of events for May

Madison County historian Matthew Urtz invites the public to a host of events in May, from a guided spring walk through the historic Gerrit Smith Estate to the Cottage Lawn Farmers Market.

Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. – The Erieville-Nelson Heritage Society will hold a dedication ceremony for its new landmark at the Weaver Barn, 3676 Erieville Road, at the intersection of Erieville and Old State Road. The event is rain or shine.

Saturday, May 1, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – The Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Site will host a guided spring walk on the historic property’s seven acres. Rebecca McElheny, author of “Reading the Landscape of the Gerrit Smith Estate,” will identify the plants, bushes, shrubs and trees that have grown since Gerrit Smith walked the landscape. Masks are mandatory. The event is free. For more information, visit or email [email protected]

Tuesday, May 11, 2 p.m. – The Hilltop House & Studio at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park will host a special illustrated conference online with Valerie A. Balint. Balint, Senior Program Director, will host a discussion that places Dorothy and Hilltop House at Stone Quarry Hill in the context of other preserved sites of great American visual artists. Discover the connections between Riester and other revolutionary artists of his time who also designed “handmade houses”. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit or call 315-655-3196. To reserve a spot, visit

Tuesday, May 11, 7 p.m. – The Oneida Community Manor will host a Zoom presentation on historic preservation. Join representatives of the Oneida Community Mansion Board of Directors and staff for a discussion on the history of the Oneida Community Mansion and future preservation efforts. The conference will include an overview of the architecture and history of the building, an overview of recent preservation achievements and an overview of upcoming projects, followed by a question and answer session. For more information or to register, 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 when New York State cheese was king.” Porter will explain how he acquired a stereographic image of a cheese factory taken by a photographer in Cazenovia and how he attempted to determine the location of the factory. The event is free, but registration is required. To reserve a place or for more information visit

Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. – The village of Cazenovia will once again dedicate the 1835 sign of the house Lincklaen, repaired / restored. The short ceremony will take place at the location of the sign opposite the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia to recognize the sign’s return, its unique historical significance and to thank those who helped restore it. The dedication is rain or shine. The event is free.

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