Lexington Bicentennial Collectibles
The Bicentennial Book is available for only $10.00 plus shipping. A great gift idea for the Holidays, or buy one for good reading and keeping up on all the events, and one to put away as a collectible. Order yours today on PayPal, or call 518-989-6476 ext. 16 and mail your check or money order. You can also stop by the history room at the Lexington Municipal Building on Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 4:00PM
Bicentennial Tee shirts in Blue or Tan (sizes; M,L,XL, XXL) Tee Shirts are available for only $10.00 plus shipping.
Commemorative Brick for only $20.00 plus shipping.
The Bicentennial Book, has arrived from the printer and is a collectible calendar book filled with history, information, fun, & events for the entire Lexington, NY Bicentennial year of 2013.
Order your book and more now, and have them shipped to you or pick them up.
| If you are not making a purchase, or whether or not you will be attending any of our events throughout 2013, if you are interested in donating to support the funding of our Bicentennial,please know your donations are greatly appreciated.|
Be a part of making history....
One fun idea of our celebration is to put together a scrapbook incorporating life stories, fun events, histories, recipes, photos and more to show the life and times of Lexington, NY throughout the years. Do you have a story about Lexington that you would like to share with us? Do you remember a fun event or hearing of one that we could include? Do you have any old recipes that should live on? Can you contribute old photos of Lexington? Please email us either at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the guestbook and we will include all suitable material into our Lexington Bicentennial 2013 Scrapbook. We may also include from time to time, snippets of those stories on our website. (see further explanation below)
Major James Van Valkenburgh
Major James Monroe Van Valkenburg, an old and honored resident of Greene County was born in 1842, and lived the greater part of his life in the village of Lexington, Major Van Valkenburgh received his education in the Roxbury Academy, and was still a youth when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted in the Eighteenth New York Volunteers as a 2nd lieutenant of Company G and was badly wounded at the second battle of Bull Run, while carrying his superior officer Col. George W. Pratt, from the field. For bravery upon the field of battle he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on September 17th and was honorably discharged on January 13, 1863, his wounds having rendered it impossible for him to continue in the army. Returning to Lexington he built the Monroe House, which he conducted for a number of years and for a number years after the war he was also interested in mercantile pursuits. During the years of 1874 and 1875 Major Van Valkenburgh represented Lexington Town in the Board of Supervisors, and upon occasions he served his town as its superintendent of highways. He was the son of Lucas Van Valkenburgh and Amelia Peck. Major Van Valkenburgh passed to his rest July 7, 1913
Major James Monroe Van Valkenburgh was a long time resident of Lexington, NY and had a connection to Zaddock Pratt, for who the Zaddock Pratt Museum is named.
The Magic of Lexington
The Genealogy Committee is looking for direct descendants of Silas Fowler, and other early settler of Lexington, NY. We have posted a list of all the early settlers hoping to find more descendants that can help us with the genealogies and perhaps join us in the celebration. If you are, or if you know someone who is a descendant please let us know. Feel Free to use the "Contact Us" page, email Karen Deeter.
The Bicentennial Steering Committee:
Karen Deeter, Historian
Jannel Mellott, Deputy Historian
Lynn Byrne, Town Board
Lorraine Banks, Historical Society
Darcy Rossignol, Historical Society
Liza Dwon, Representative at Large
Peggy Rappleyea, Representative at Large
The collecting of stories and information from our past.
Based on the national StoryCorps program which maintains that the stories of everyday people are as important as the celebrity stories we're bombarded with by the media on a daily basis......that if we would take the time to listen, we would find wisdom, wonder, and poetry in the lives and stories of the people all around us.
"By listening closely to one another we can help illuminate the true character of this nation (this town) reminding us all just how precious each day can be and how truly great it is to be alive."
We are always interested in the stories of all who are connected to this town. If you have a story or even a "tidbit" of information having to do with Lexington, New York, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
It is our full intention to bring you a memorable year filled with activities and events which will prove what a wonderful and significant town Lexington is. If you would like to donate to this celebration, please make a tax-deductible check payable to the conduit organization: The Greene County Historical Society and send it to: Karen Deeter, Historian PO Box 365 Lexington, NY 12452. No amount is too small or large. We are also looking for corporate sponsors to sponsor certain events. Thank you.
Do you or your family originally come from Lexington? Do you have any old photos or diaries in your attic that you would be willing to contribute to our efforts? We are looking for any memorabilia, photos, clothing, farm tools and equipment, recipes, and anything else that may be of interest. Please contact Karen Deeter at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything you would like to contribute.