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Lincoln Monument in Homer


Local History of the Town of Homer

Homer Town Hall 1907The 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).

Cover of Birth Records

Orginal Material:



Homer Historic Tours

Walks are approximately 1 1/2 hours each, comfortable footwear suggested.

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.

Town Historian:

Martin Sweeney

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