Welcome to the Almond Historical Society

 We invite you to visit our new Office/Archives Building.

Open 2-4 Fridays or by appointment.

Contact Archivist Doris Montgomery, 607 276 6324

or Donna B. Ryan, 607 288 2833
Cell 607 725 0735

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“Lockport, Erie Canal”, by W.H. Bartlett, 1839


The Almond Historical Society invites the public to two upcoming events in the coming weeks.

On Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m., Craig Braack, retired Allegany County Historian, will present his digital powerpoint entitled, “A Bicentennial Celebration:  The Erie Canal”.  Craig’s inimitable style, wealth of knowledge and the ability to recall facts and tell stories makes him an entertaining speaker.  This is a program you won’t want to miss!  

Prior to Braack’s presentation, at 2:30 that same day, the Almond Historical Society will conduct its annual meeting and election of officers.  President Louise Schwartz will preside at the meeting. Refreshments will be served by AHS board member Cindy Banker.

The AHS annual Christmas Open House and musical program will be held on Sunday afternoon, December 3 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  This event always draws a big crowd that enjoys seeing the 1830s Hagadorn House adorned in festive decorations.   The musical program will be presented at Almond Union Church at 2 p.m.

The public is invited to these events.


Book cover- The Almond Story : The Early Years, by John F. Reynolds


In 1962, John Reynolds, published a delightful book, The Almond Story – The Early Years. The book was eagerly received by the community, and was a catalyst  (in lighting a fire within local people to Join with John and organize the Almond Historical Society.

In celebration of the Almond Historical Society’s fifty years, the book will be available this fall. This will be a great Christmas gift for your friends and family! When you read it, the history of this valley will come alive – written from the heart of the man whose passion for the preservation of Almond’s history brought forth not only this book, but also the Almond Historical Society more than four decades ago. (How to order The Almond Story)


#10b Vintage Hagadorn House sign ca. 1965The Hagadorn House was built in the early 1830s by Jesse Angell, a prosperous merchant whose general store was located across the street from his house.   By 1867, the house was occupied by the John Wetherby family.  The daughter, Cornelia Wetherby, married Dr. William Hagadorn in 1869.  They resided here with her parents.  In 1872, the Wetherbys moved to their farm and the house became the Hagadorn home.    The second Hagadorn generation in residence was William H. and Alice Simmons Hagadorn, who owned the hardware store across Karrdale Avenue from the home.  (later razed for Rt 86 entrance)

The third generation living here was Kenneth W. and Marie Dodds Hagadorn.  Marie was a nurse and Kenneth was the postmaster in Almond.  They had no children.  One of the unique features of the Hagadorn House is the cooking fireplace, discovered boarded up in the dining room wall by Mrs. Ken Hagadorn in the early 1940s.

It is believed that the original 1830s house consisted of the fireplace room with the attic/bedroom above.  Cornelia’s diary of 1868 mentions the addition of the kitchen area.  The two front rooms, gallery and hall with corresponding rooms above were built later – probably during the doctor’s time because the present gallery was the doctor’s office.

In 1971, the house was bequeathed to the Almond Historical Society by Kenneth Wetherby Hagadorn, the grandson of Cornelia Wetherby and Dr. William Hagadorn.  It then became the  repository of treasured items from Almond’s past.