Constableville, NY- When you think of historic landmarks here in the U.S., often times the Statue of Liberty in New York City, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, famous Presidents carved in South Dakota's Mount Rushmore and Boston's Old North Church are just some of countless examples that may come to mind.
You may not realize it, but the Constableville area is actually home to a historic landmark and it's celebrating its 200th anniversary Sunday, July 14. "Constable Hall was built by the Constable family between 1810 and 1819. The family built it here because the Constable family owned approximately four-million acres of Upstate New York, about the size of the Adirondacks if you want to get a feel for how much space that was," said Peter Hayes, board of trustees member at Constable Hall. "The Constable family itself is a very interesting family, as they interacted with all of our founding fathers from George Washington to Alexander Hamilton."
Opening ceremonies begin at 12:00 noon, featuring the Honorable F. Anthony Keating, Senator Griffo, and Assemlyman Blankenbush, who are all attending as dignitaries and will arrive at the front of the Hall in a gorgeous, old fashioned stage coach. Soon following the ceremonial ribbon cutting, each will make brief remarks.
There will be flag raising with 479th Engineer Battalion in dress uniform and bugle. Ashley Roberts will sing the national anthem. There will also be a cannon blast. "We have a variety of activities of interest to all ages," said Sandra Roberts, Executive Director. "There will be children's' games, piano music, victorian dancers and we will also have readings of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Roberts added that all readings of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas will be held in the drawing room every fifteen-minutes.
There will be a variety of historical artifacts that will be on special view and interpretation. Some of them are from the Constable Hall attic and others on loan. These include a book of Chaucer’s works printed in 1542, various Civil War artifacts, unusual letters and household items, etc.
Be sure to check out our discussion with Peter Hayes and Sandra Roberts:
Photo by Brian Trainor.