"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: May 1, 2024 – “With An Eye to the Sky”

Rewind:  May 1, 2024 With an Eye to the Sky Warren County residents watch for Enemy Aircraft during WWII by Dave Waite It had likely been a typical afternoon at the fire tower atop Prospect Mountain that August 12, 1940, at least until observer Schermerhorn noticed three small dots coming towards him on the western…
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Rewind: “The Native American Fountain” – April 15, 2004

Rewind: “The Native American Fountain” April 15, 2004     The Native American fountain in Battlefield Park at Lake George was originally named “The Mohawk Warrior.” It was given to the State of New York in 1921.  It was repaired and restored and rededicated in September 2005.  Funding for the project was provided by a…
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Rewind: February 15, 2024 – “Until His Luck Ran Out: The Story of William McKay”

Until his Luck Ran Out: The Story of William McKay  by David Waite        Our friend David Waite has found a story about a man with a bit limited connection to Warren County, but we share it here because it is an interesting tale.  William McKay worked in Warren County, and his wife…
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Rewind: February 1, 2024 – “Round Pond”

Rewind:  February 1, 2024 – “Round Pond”      We had a question about Round Pond come into the office recently.  The inquirer asked where Round Pond was,  and what has happened to it?  Their family told them stories about it being a swimming spot when they were growing up, but the questioner couldn’t find…
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Rewind: January 1, 2024 – “Tahawus”

Rewind:  January 1, 2024 – TAHAWUS Just to our north lies the location of the former hamlet of Tahawus.  Collections Manager Tom Lynch came across this short article about Tahawus.  Unfortunately, the newspaper source has been lost, as is a specific date, but it appears to be printed in 1956.   Read and learn:    

Rewind: January 15, 2024 – “Tales from Warren County’s Bootleg Trail”

Rewind:  January 15, 2024 “Tales from Warren County’s Bootleg Trail” by Dave Waite In October of 1919, the passage of the Volstead Act granted the power to enforce the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, what we remember today as Prohibition, which had been enacted 9 months earlier. With the prohibiting of the production, transportation, and…
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Rewind: December 15, 2023 – “The Civilian Conservation Corps – The CCC Had an Important Place in Warren County History”

Rewind: December 15, 2023 “The Civilian Conservation Corps – The CCC Had an Important Place in Warren County History” Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as President during the Great Depression, promoted the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the Emergency Conservation Work Act.  This program started in 1933. It was considered by many as his most successful…
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Rewind: December 1, 2023 – “Milton Lee Crandell”

Rewind: December 1, 2023 We recently came across an article from “The Post Star,” April 24, 1939, that we found very interesting.  Warren County has had a number of ‘famous’ sons and daughters who have made names for themselves and gained national prominence.  Some of these people include Mathew Brady, The Pruyn sisters, Diane Struble,…
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Rewind: November 1, 2023 – “Bemis Update”

Rewind: November 1, 2023 – “Bemis Update”     On April 16, 2011, when we were running our Rewind column in The Post Star, we printed an article about Dr. Edward Herbert Bemis and his ‘eye sanitarium’ in Glens Falls. Several buildings built as part of the eye practice are still visible in the city.  They include…
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