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

#10b Vintage Hagadorn House sign ca. 1965

Dec. 7: Annual Open House and Christmas Music Program

“Countdown to Christmas” is the theme of the Almond Historical Society’s annual open house and Christmas musical program to be held on Sunday afternoon,December 7, 2015, from 1 to 4:30 pm.

The 1830s Hagadorn House, located at the corner of Karrdale Avenue and Main Street (at the red light)  is currently being decorated by Mary Ellen Westlake, Susan Steere, Cindy Banker, and Helen Spencer in the advent theme.  Those who have attended this annual event will remember the exquisite decorations from past years.  Traditionally, the parlor Christmas tree, donated by Kim Costello, will feature homemade ornaments.

In conjunction with the AHS celebration,  a program of Christmas music will be held next door at Almond Union of Churches at 2 pm.  Included on the program will be the Alfred Almond Bible Church 21-voice men’s choir under the direction of Janice Phelps singing “Run to the Manger”.  Also from AABC will be a ladies trio comprised of Sola Prince, Laurie Graziano, and Corinn Fehr.   Dan Stiller will present a vocal solo, accompanied by his daughter, Bethany, who will also play a piano solo.  The Stiller children will be dancing in the group, One Pulse, directed and choreographed by Andrea Wilkinson.   Sandy Dygert will offer a vocal solo,  Dave Burns and his family musical ensemble will perform, and Tom and Sue Steere plan to sing a vocal duet.  The YMCA fiddle group will round out the musical program.

Please join us and enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations and musical program.  Refreshments including wassail made by Kitty Baker, and Mary Jane Reid’s famous Christmas cookies will be served during the afternoon at Hagadorn House.

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The 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.

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