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Parishville seeking information on historic homes

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PARISHVILLE - The town of Parishville will celebrate its bicentennial in 2014 and as part of that celebration one of the many events they’re hoping to have is a tour of the town’s historical structures.

“We’re hoping to have a tour around town,” Historical Association President and Co-Historian Joseph R. McGill said. “It would be a horse-drawn wagon giving a tour of the historical buildings in town.”

Among the historical buildings Mr. McGill said they’re hoping to include in the tour are homes that were built more than 100 years ago.

“We’re trying to get the community involved,” he said. “We’re hoping that some of the people who own older homes in town could help us out by researching a little bit of the history of their home.”

Information the association is looking for the home’s address, what information about the home leads you to believe it was built before 1914, any information about previous owners and changes made to the home, and any other ideas anyone might have for celebrating the town’s 200th birthday.

Mr. McGill also said any interesting facts or stories about the homes would be appreciated.

Using his own home as an example, Mr. McGill said, “My house was built in 1884. There’s a lot of history here.”

Offering a bit of insight into the history of his home, he said, “A woman hung herself here.”

When asked if he would be participating in the tour, Mr., McGill replied, “Oh yeah, definitely.”

Mr. McGill said that so far they have received responses from “a couple people,” but he’s hoping to hear from a lot more before May of 2013 when they’re planning to start putting the tour together.

“It won’t cost you a thing,” he said. “Maybe if you have kids in school, they could do it as a school project. Anything you could find would be interesting.”

Mr. McGill said he believes there are plenty of homes in the town that fit the description of what they’re looking for.

“I would say there’s a lot, but I couldn’t even guess a number,” he said.

If you would like to contribute to the association’s efforts, send your name and address along with the information requested above to: Parishville Historical Association; PO Box 246; Parishville, NY, 13672.

Also, indicate whether or not you would be interested in doing additional research at the museum on your home.

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