Local History: Lincoln Monument Project
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Local History of the Town of Homer
The origins of the Town of Homer predate the origins of the County of Cortland by fourteen years. And what an interesting story it is of the Town of Homer, of some of its citizens who went on to state and national fame, and of its historic Hall at 31 North Main Street in the village of the same name as the Town’s.
It is an account of men and women striving to offer their skills and talents to do their best to bring themselves and their neighbors the municipal services needed in their lifetimes; it is an account of a building that has had to be many things to many people. It is, above all, a story of adaptability through the past 221 years.
This is a series of monthly installments on our local history as taken from the Town of Homer Minutes of 1795 to the present, along with nineteen other sources. Authored by Martin Sweeney, Homer Town Historian (see below).
- Homer Town Hall
- Early Residents and the Organization of the Town of Homer
- Homer Grows Rapidly in the 1800s
- Homer during the Civil War & the Nation’s Centennial
- Homer in a Time of National Transition
- Town of Homer Builds a Hall
- Dedication and Early Use of the Town Hall
- Post-World War I Town of Homer
- The Town of Homer in the Great Depression
- The Town Hall as the Capitol Theater
- The Town in the Post-World War II Era
- Second Half of the Twentieth Century
- Town Hall Renovations and Tomorrow
- “Lincoln in Paint and Print”
- One Place Study of Homer NY Genealogic study of Homer NY using primary and secondary sources
- Landmark Society of Cortland County Photos of Homer's historic landmarks and architecture
Homer Historic Tours
Walks are approximately 1 1/2 hours each, comfortable footwear suggested.
- Lincoln Connection - Birthplace of William O. Stoddard, assistant personal secretary to President Lincoln.
- Glenwood Cemetery - Many illustrious citizens of the past with Civil War, Lincoln's painter, Cardiff Giant fame and more.
- Downtown Ghost Tour - A murder and other mysteries along Main St with apparitions (?) and their stories.
Fee: $8.40, Seniors (60+ years) $5.40. Tours are led by Martin Sweeney, published author, historian and guide in period attire. Please call Kathleen Beardsley, Tour Coordinator at 607-749-3504, for an appointment. Historic Homer Tours are sponsored by the Center for the Arts, 72 S. Main St., Homer.
Homer Town Historian
The duties of the Town Historian include researching and writing about the history of the local community and interpreting that history through teaching and public presentations.
The Historian serves as an advocate for historic preservation of not only the records of the past, but also objects and artifacts of its cultural history.
Finally, the duties also involve being an advocate for the promotion of heritage tourism and the celebration of special anniversaries or historical events.