"Rewind" - Devoted to Local History

Beginning in June of 2006, Warren County Historical Society published a weekly column in The Post Star that focused on local history: places, events, and people in and around Warren County. This continued for 5 years until the newspaper informed us that there wasn’t space any longer for the column.

The society waited about a year before deciding to start the column again, this time as a bi-weekly column on our website.

Beginning in June of 2012, we have posted two new Rewind columns each month, roughly on the 1st and 15th. While you may see a duplicate topic on occasion, the topics are sometimes repeated because of new, different, or additional information that was made available.

If you wish to see any of the first five years of the column, you can contact the Society to view copies of each of them.

The Society is always looking for people interested in researching and writing new Rewind columns for us. If you have an interest or a story to share, call us at 518-743-0734, or email us at [email protected].

Rewind: November 15, 2021 – “New Census Population Figures”

Rewind:  “New Census Population Information” November 15, 2021 NEW WARREN COUNTY POPULATION FIGURES   Figures that were gathered during the 2020 census have started to be released.  This map, created by our friends at Warren County GIS, presents population changes in each of the towns and the City of Glens Falls from the 2010 census…
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Rewind: November 1, 2021 – “Problems at Big Boom”

Rewind: November 1, 2021 – “Problems at Big Boom” Problems at Big Boom   Some Big Boom history:         “As early as the 1850s the little spar booms envisioned by Abraham Wing III were quite inadequate to hold the floating logs until needed by the mills.  Every time there was a freshet,…
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Rewind: September 1, 2021 – “Beautiful Horicon: Thoughts from a visit to Bolton Landing”

Rewind:  September 1, 2021 Beautiful Horican:  Thoughts from a visit to Bolton Landing by Dave Waite This account of a visit to Lake George began with lines by poet Richard Hovey: Again among the hills! The shaggy hills! The clear arousing air comes like a call Of bugle notes across the pines, and thrills My…
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Rewind: August 15, 2021 – “Horses, Water Power and Philanthropy”

Rewind:  August 15, 2021 – “Horses, Water Power, and Philanthropy”     Above is an architect’s depiction of what the once empty field at the corner of Bay Road and Blind Rock Road will look like in the not too distant future.  The plan now includes 142 apartments and commercial space that are part of…
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Rewind: July 15, 2021 – “Thrilling Attractions & Weird Wonders”

       Thrilling Attractions & Weird Wonders Adam Forepaugh’s All-Feature & Wild West Show Enthralls Glens Falls in 1890 By Dave Waite Ask someone the name of a three-ring circus and their response would likely be Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, or a combination of the two. Ringling Brothers World’s Greatest Shows was established…
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Rewind: June 15, 2021 – “The Gilmores of Pine View”

Rewind:  June 17, 2021 THE GILMORES OF PINE VIEW by Eloise O’Neil           In the sweltering heat of July 1864, James R. Gilmore, a businessman and confidant to Abraham Lincoln, traveled to Richmond, Virginia, to meet with President Jefferson Davis and present a set of accords, by which the North would…
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Rewind: June 3, 2021 – “Uncle Judd Smith, Brant Lake Guide”

Uncle Judd Smith, Brant Lake’s Old Time Guide by David Waite             One hundred years ago anyone fishing Brant Lake would undoubtedly know the name, Uncle Judd Smith. If they were fortunate, he would have been their guide for a day out on the lake fishing for bass. His knowledge…
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