"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: 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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Rewind: May 15, 2021 – “When Yeggs Hit Warren County”

Rewind:  May 15, 2021   When Yeggs Hit Warren County by David Waite         At 2:30 in the morning on August 10th, 1912, burglars jimmied the front door of the Luzerne Post Office in southern Warren County and once inside, went to work to open the safe.  A muffled explosion barely disturbed…
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Rewind: May 1, 2021 – “Meet Adirondack Fred”

  Rewind:  May 1, 2021   THE LEGEND OF ADIRONDACK FRED by Eloise O’Neil   Fred Sullivan was passionate about the woods and rivers in the Adirondacks.   By creating, directing and producing movies, he attempted to educate and share his love and way of living in Saranac Lake.   Since he was a kid…
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Rewind: April 15, 2021 – “History Breathes Here, Part 2”

Rewind:  April 15, 2021 – “History Breathes Here”   The Battle of Lake George Part 2   We were visiting the Lake George Travel Guide, “The Original Vacation Is Calling!,” that the Warren County Tourism Department put out for visitors to the area for the 2020-2021 travel season.  In it, Paul Tackett wrote a very…
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