Recent Events


On Sunday, October 8, the Walworth Historical Society held our annual open house.  The area surrounding our museum was filled with music when the Walworth Historical Society presented the Canaltown Chorale in concert from 2:30 – 3:30 PM.  The group was formed in 1980 and is well-known in our area, having sung at the Walworth United Methodist Church and numerous other Wayne County locations.  They included songs about the Erie Canal, suffragettes, WWI, and the Grange.  The concert  took place on the museum grounds, 2257 Academy Street, under a tent loaned by the Walworth Lions Club.

The open house was scheduled for 2 – 4 PM.  Included were displays relative to the “Path Through History” weekend scheduled throughout New York State which feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state.  Refreshments were served as always and there was very good attendance for this event.  Below are some photos from the WHS open house.










On September 18, the Walworth Historical Society, after a short business meeting, in keeping with the 100th year anniversary of World War I, presented Michael Harland who entertained and informed the members with a slide show about his grandfather, Ray DeHond.  Mr. DeHond served in the military in World War I.  Michael’s grandfather was one of many young men who boarded a troop train in Palmyra, New York and was send to Europe for military duty.  Because Ray kept a diary, Michael was able to transcribe it, do more research about his grandfather and World War I, and form all of this as well as photos into an excellent and informative program for all to enjoy.  There was excellent attendance from the WHS members for this show.  After the program, refreshments were served.  We wish to thank all of those who attended that night.  The support of the membership is greatly appreciated at the meetings as well as to see the programs we set  up.  Below are some photos from this meeting.

The above photo is of Raymond DeHond, Michael Harland’s grandfather.






Pictured above is Michael Harland after his World War I presentation.



On July 21 and 22, 2017, the Walworth Lions Club sponsored the 27th annual Festival in the Park.  Friday night there was the annual parade from the Walworth-Palmyra Road, turning the corner, and proceeding down to Ginegaw Park.  The theme of this parade was “Celebrating Volunteers” and there was excellent participation.  Other organizations taking part in the parade included the Lincoln, West Walworth, Ontario, Walworth, and South Macedon Fire Departments.  The Towpath Volunteers, the Walworth Ambulance Department, the Walworth Seely Public Library, the Walworth United Methodist Church, Mac’s Pizza Shack, and many others also were part of the parade.  Our Walworth Historical Society float took the “Most Original Float” trophy.  After the parade and continuing Saturday were games, a 5K race, live music, a K-9 demonstration, food, and much more. Thanks to the above mentioned groups and to the Walworth Lions Club, the Festival in the Park has become a fun part of the summer events in Walworth.  The following photos are from this year’s Festival in the Park parade.

The Walworth Historical Society Float




A wet rug in the museum’s office was our first clue that we had a major problem.  The culprit was a tiny hole in the water line located between Academy Street and our kitchen area.  To the rescue came long-time member Joe Englert with his backhoe and co-worker John Ward,  The first priority was to have the water shut off.  The next step wasn’t as easy when Joe discovered the brick foundation for our bell had been installed directly over the water line.  A new trench was dug by backhoe, spade, and shovel.  A replacement water line was then installed.  Joe and John graded the affected area which they then seeded and mulched.  Thanks to their expertise and hard work the water leak has been stopped and services have been restored to the museum.  Thanks also to WHS members Dorothy French, Stan Weller, and Sonny French for their help where needed
Joe Englert and his backhoe during the museum water leak repair.


John Ward surveys the damage to the museum water line.


After the museum water line repair.  This is just before the lawn was graded and seeded.  Now the leak was just a memory thanks to Joe Englert, John Ward, and other WHS members.
On Monday, May 15th the Walworth Historical Society held its yearly main general membership meeting at the Lodge at Ginegaw Park in Walworth.  The purpose of this yearly meeting is to elect officers and have a pot-luck dish-to-pass supper.  A short business meeting was held and then we honored a person, persons, or group that is an example of personal service to others, with our WHS Community Service Award.  This year’s winner of this award was Jim Drew.  He has been a member of the Walworth Fire Department and the Lions Club for over 40 years each.  There was also a short program honoring the Walworth High School class of 1947.  Below are some photos from this meeting.  One of the surprises was the unannounced arrival of many of the Walworth firemen to shake Jim’s hand and to congratulate him on the award.




On Saturday, May 13th, 7 Scouts, 5 parents and Scout Leaders, Becky and Buzz Appleman, granddaughter Brooke, Gene Bavis, Larry and Judy McMillan, and others met at the WHS museum on Academy Street to do grounds work outside of the museum.  They did weeding, raking, bush and tree trimming, edging, mulching, and many other activities.  As a result of all of this volunteer work, the place looks great.  The Walworth Historical Society depends on the hard work of such generous and hard-working volunteers to keep our museum looking great inside and out.  Below are a few photos from the efforts from May 13th.  (Photos by Judy McMillan).






 On Sunday, April 2 the Walworth Historical Society held another session of its “Memories” meetings.  The topic for this meeting was “Where Did You Shop.”  These meetings are just friendly get-togethers to discuss various topics in order to document history of the past and capture these discussions for future reference.  They are a lot of fun and they capture different points of view from local residents.  The attendance was great for this topic and there were a lot of fun memories that were shared by those who attended.  Below are a few photos from that meeting as well as photos of some of the now defunct stores in the general area where many shopped.







The following seven photos are from the Walworth Historical Society’s regular March meeting held on Monday, March 20th at our museum.  The main show was “A Fashion Tour Through History.”  It featured many of the donated old clothing of many types throughout the years. 

On the left is a photo of the more stylish clothing from a few years ago.  They have been on display in our museum on Academy Street for a short time as an introduction to this show.

These are two dolls wearing  baby clothing.  They were also part of the fashion show and were on display for a couple of weeks before the fashion show.




More semi-formal clothing was on display at the fashion show at the museum.








Shown here is part of the audience for the fashion show a few minutes before it started.  For this meeting and show there was excellent attendance.  The support of our members is greatly appreciated.






WHS president Jessie Keymel models some of the outer-wear donated clothing in the fashion show.  She gave an excellent presentation as all of the display clothing was discussed and shown.






WHS board member Becky Appleman also demonstrated older clothing that children wore in years past.







Jessie Keymel ends the fashion show by another demonstration and by modeling clothing.









The above photo shows the Walworth Historical Society-sponsored display that was at the Town Hall in January of this year.  Judy McMillan designed and organized this display of fancy needlework.  Included in the display were gloves, a purse, clothing and other items.


February’s Walworth Town Hall display case was also sponsored by the Walworth Historical Society.  It showed some photos around the Walworth area of scenery, buildings and more.


This section contains photos from the 2016 Festival in the Park Parade


The photos in this section are from the 2016 Walworth Historical Society May meeting at the Lodge at Ginegaw Park.  Officers were elected and the WHS Community Service Award winner(s) were honored.


The photos in this section are from the WHS November 2016 meeting with author Michael Keene.


Photos in this section are from the March 2016 Walworth Historical Society meeting.  The theme was quilts.  Many of the WHS quilt collection were shown as well as quilts that guests brought.