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Henderson Heritage Day celebrates life in the 1800s (VIDEO)


HENDERSON — Hundreds of attendees took a step back in time Saturday during the eighth annual Heritage Day, held at the Henderson Historical Society museum, 12581 County Route 72.

Re-enactors capturing moments from the 1800s showed people what it was like to dress, play and fight during the century Henderson was incorporated. Dressed in early-19th-century attire, Richard B. LaCrosse and his family walked people through a log cabin on site depicting life 200 years ago.

The LaCrosses were hired by the Historical Society several years ago to disassemble and move the cabin from Rays Bay Road and reassemble it next to the museum.

Throughout the museum grounds and nearby park, hundreds of attendees browsed more than a dozen vendors, who were selling hand-painted glass, crafts, handmade jewelry, books about local history and other local goods. But it was the thoughtful designs for the town’s logo contest that Town Council member John J. Culkin said made him proud to be a local resident.

“It was great to see there was the harbor/water focus and agriculture as well,” Mr. Culkin said. “A lot did the log cabin. It was great to see a whole Henderson experience. It’s a variety of experiences and environments. It’s quintessential small-town America.”

Mr. Culkin, who is running for town supervisor this fall, said he hoped a fourth-grade class from Belleville Henderson Central School, Belleville, and other youths who participated in the logo contest took the time to consider what the town of Henderson truly means to them. Sylvia K. Hoffman, who has resided in the town for only 11 months, had the winning design, which featured a fish, boat, lighthouse and silos.

Elaine J. Scott, event coordinator and Historical Society member, said Heritage Day was the brainchild of Historical Society President Garrett L. McCarthy, who wanted to create an event for the community.

“Much of what we do along the shore is for others and summer residents,” she said. “(This is) something where the community could feel it’s their event. This is history and culture. It’s become a wonderful one-day picnic, party, celebration and family reunion.”

Ms. Scott said a lot of people learning about their Henderson heritage are surprised when they discover ancestors as far back as the settlement period.

Ms. Scott said that next year, the Historical Society will highlight the bicentennial of the Cable Carry of 1814.

The Battle of Big Sandy occurred May 29, 1814, between British and American forces. Afterward, a 9,600-pound, 600-foot-long rope needed to be transported to battleships at Sackets Harbor. No transportation could be found, so about 100 men volunteered to carry the rope, which had a circumference of about 22 inches, from Big Sandy Creek in the town of Ellisburg to Sackets Harbor. It was a trek of about 20 miles.

“People now feel they’re a part of that history,” Ms. Scott said.

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