Story by Sara Paul
A boys’ waistcoat from the 1700s was miraculously found in the walls of the Shingle House in the Village of Warwick NY, whilst pieces of clay pipes, artifacts, and even animal teeth were uncovered. These hundreds of years old gems are just a sampling to be found in the Warwick Historical Society’s A.W. Buckbee Center exhibit, “This Land is Farmland,” which celebrates Warwick’s farming community.
Culling barns and attics of local farmers, the Society has gathered photos, tools, house-wares, and other objects to tell the story of Warwick’s agricultural past. The exhibit offers a unique, meaningful, and sensory-filled experience with hand-on exhibits exploring the life and lifestyles of the valley.
Already a valuable educational venue, the exhibit at the Society’s headquarters is attracting Sanfordville Elementary and Park Avenue School students.
Historical Society Executive Director, Lisa-Ann Weisbrod, noted, “It is so neat to see their reactions because they have to understand that everybody had a job. There were no allowances, and even four-year-olds worked.”
Historical Society member, Michael Bertolini, said, “This is an important exhibit because it tells a story and we need to tell the story and to look at our history and our roots.”
“This Land is Farmland” is open Mon. to Fri. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sat., Aug. 4. The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. For more information call 986-3236, ext. 101 or visit www.whsny.org.
Complementing the exhibit, the Society will also host a series of talks on various topics related to agriculture in the Warwick Valley, all hosted by the Historical Society. Topics will include: The Migration of Polish and German immigrants to the Black Dirt Region; The Impact of Modern Technology on Farming; “My Story-My Farm,” first hand accounts from local farmers: and “Farm to Fork,” the history of a food movement. For dates and more information, visit www.whsny.org.
The series will be held at the A.W. Buckbee Center, located at 2 Colonial Ave. in Warwick. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person for each conversation. Warwick Historical Society members are free. Reservations are not required but space is limited. To make a reservation, call 986-3236, ext. 101.
There is also a unique expansion to the exhibit with some nine wooden cut out cows on display in Lewis Park. Painted and made unique by local students at local schools, these works of art will be available at an auction fundraiser to be held on Sat., Aug. 25.