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Whiteface-Wilmington Whiskey 10K Run coming up June 16th

Welcome to beautiful Wilmington, NY, the home of Whiteface Mountain and the 2nd annual 10K Whiskey Run! But why a Whiskey Run you ask? As it turns out, the area has quite a storied history with liquor, legal and otherwise. During the War of 1812, Wilmington supplied good rye whiskey to the American troops at the Battle of Plattsburgh as part of their daily ration. During prohibition with its proximity to Canada, Wilmington residents distilled moonshine and provided temporary haven for bootleggers crossing the border, and to this day, Wilmington is home to US Barrel, the oldest whiskey barrel cooperage in the Northeast. So with our somewhat checkered history and natural beauty we invite you to join us for the annual Wilmington Whiteface 10K Whiskey Run June 16th, 2018 starting at 9:30 am at the Festival Field in Wilmington. Following the race is the awards ceremony with food available for purchase at Festival Field. Run participants will receive a t-shirt and a “swag bag” filled with quality local goods. For further information see here Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey 10K Run.

To Pre-register go to www.adkwhiskeyrun.com


Wilmington Historical Society Purchases Site for Keegan Memorial History Center



North Pole, NY
North Pole, NY

A World Premier for our fans in the Adirondacks, we are having a special sneak preview screening for all of you at the Lake Placid Arts Center on June 23rd. This screening is extra special because many of the stars of the film will be in attendance. Early-bird tickets just went on sale and be sure to grab one today because this screening will sell out! www.lakeplacidarts.org/performances/north-pole-ny OR call 518-523-2512


A 50 MILE CHALLENGE TO BENEFIT THE WILMINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY The online site for Dave Fitz-Gerald’s 50 mile event fundraiser for the Wilmington Historical Society is www.crowdrise.com Contributions may be made to that site or can be mailed to the Wilmington Historical Society at PO Box 174, Wilmington, NY 12997, memo “Dave Fitz-Gerald 50 mile hike fundraiser.” The Wilmington Historical Society is a 501(c) 3 not-or-profit organization chartered by the State of New York and has recently purchased land with the goal of constructing a new building with fundraising focused on that purpose. It has in its possession more than 200 artifacts, 350 reference and library books, 300 microfilms, and considerable archival material. The society assists genealogists, supports historical research, conserves collections, creates displays and offers programs to the public. The Wilmington Historical Society may be reached at whs12997@hotmail.com or 518-524-1023.



A New Book-“Wilmington & the Whiteface Region” is here!

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Now one of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, Wilmington and the Whiteface Region is authored by the Wilmington Historical Society.

About the book:

While the year-round population of Wilmington has never been more than 1200, it swells to about 3.000 residents on average during the summer months, with 400,000 tourists visiting annually. As a small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Wilmington’s history spans 2 centuries, transforming from its agricultural and industrial roots to a popular four-season tourist resort. We are proud to have been able to put the history of our town into context with our book Wilmington and the Whiteface Region, with photographs and information of interest for residents and tourists alike. The 11 contributing authors of Wilmington and the Whiteface Region, each with a unique area of expertise, are Laurie Bepler, Nancy Cressey, Robert J. Cressey, Gilbert Dyke, Linda Joss-Dyke, Merri C. Peck, Karen Marshall Peters, Robert Peters, Julie Robards, Guy Stephenson Jr., and Douglas A. Wolfe. It is an ideal “memory book” for local past and present residents. We know that residents and others with ties to Wilmington will take pride in re-forming their identity through the history of their town. It makes a unique “souvenir” book for tourists whether they visit one or more of our attractions of Whiteface Mountain, Whiteface Mountain Highway, Whiteface Ski Center/summer gondola ride, High Falls Gorge, and Santa’s Workshop, or whether they come here to ski, fish, hike or bike or just relax and refresh their personal spirit and appreciation of life. We wish to encourage visitors to not just come once, but to return again and again to enjoy all that our town has to offer it can be purchased from the Wilmington Historical Society, at local gift shops and stores, and in book outlets such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Order your copy here


Adirondack 102 Club Cover

ADIRONDACK 102 CLUB: YOUR PASSPORT & GUIDE TO THE NORTH COUNTRY is by Martin Podskoch with Wilmington resident Jeri Wright providing the cover photo. ACTUAL OR ARMCHAIR TRAVELER, YOU CAN VISIT ALL 102 TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN THE ADIRONDACKS---written by residents of each town or village so that you are getting an insider's information about the history, the uniqueness of the place, recreation opportunities and points of interest. By getting the book signed or stamped in each town, the traveler accumulates “towns & villages visited”. Adults and children of all ages can be members. Once a member has reached their goal of visiting all 102 towns & villages, they will then receive the “Vagabond” award, so named after the self-described “Vagabonds” Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone & John Burroughs who took automobile camping trips throughout the Adirondacks.

Price: $20.00, including tax.

10% discount for Wilmington Historical Society members. Order your copy here


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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Wilmington Historical Society is to collect, preserve, display and interpret the documents, photographs and artifacts that tell the unique story of how the people of this remote, mountainous small town with big ideas have adapted and survived in the harsh yet beautiful environment of the Adirondacks. Adopted 5/18/05
To join us, see and print out the applicaton form here.


Take a two mile walking tour of Wilmington, New York to understand the history of Wilmington. Wilmington began as an industrial/agricultural town in 1822. By the turn of the 20th century, Wilmington evolved into a tourism based economy. Find out how that happened...
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