Washington County Historical Society
The Washington County Historical Society is an educational organization dedicated to engaging diverse audiences in the study and appreciation of the collective heritage of Washington County, New York, and its environs. Its primary purpose is to promote public interest and participation in the preservation of the rich cultural heritage of Washington County, NY. The Heritage Research Library, a repository for regional books, written documents, genealogical information, and memorabilia, and the publication of eighteen books, including those published by the historical society, highlight preservation efforts.

Lectures, workshops, tours and social events are scheduled throughout the year. Society headquarters are situated in the Wing-Northup House, built by entrepreneur Daniel Wood Wing c. 1815. This architecturally significant Federal style house is located in Fort Edward, New York. See map.

Historical Society Exhibition

Featured Event

Solomon Northup's Kindred

Cronkhite Lectures Return

WCHS is bringing back the Cronkhite Lecure series.
Local historian Michael Russert will present a two-part series of talks on the Civil War and the 123rd Regiment from Washington County at 7 pm June 2 at Greenwich Free Library, 148 Main St., and at 7 pm June 16 at Bottskill Baptist Church, 32 Church St., Greenwich.
The first talk, ”With Heavy Hearts and Teary Eyes: The Civil War Odyssey of the 123rd New York Infantry Regiment,” was first presented by Russert at the 2015 History Fair. His talk will focus on the history of the Regiment in the men’s own words and images based on unpublished primary sources and accompanied by visuals.
The second talk, “Grave and Dignified Pillars of the Community: The Washington County Veterans After the War,” will focus on life after the war.
A free-will offering will be taken at both events and proceeds will go toward the Monument Project of the Georgia 28th/NY123rd group of re-enactors in Resaca, Georgia. This group is in the process of erecting a monument to honor the 123rd New York Volunteer Infantry. The monument will be placed on the Resaca Battlefield where the 123rd fought there May 14 to 15, 1864.

The group has written a book, “Letters Home, The 123rd New York Infantry in the Atlanta Campaign,” available on our Buy Books page for $12.95.