The celebration of Hamilton County’s bicentennial begins on April 12th, 200 years to the day after the provisional creation of the county in 1816.
The year of events gets started at 10:30 am April 12 with a birthday party for the county, held at the County Courthouse in Lake Pleasant. State Senator Hugh Farley and Assemblyman Mark Butler will join other officials on the steps of the courthouse. A small reception with birthday cake will follow, and Hamilton County Historian Eliza Darling will offer tours of the historic county complex.
At 11 am that day, schools, churches and firehouses across the county will make a joyful sound in honor of the county’s birthday. The county is asking members of the public who wish to participate, to send video of themselves ringing their own bell for a montage on the bicentennial website.
The website includes information on the history of Hamilton County and its communities, as well as the schedule of events and a page for contributions to the fundraising effort. The website also includes a guide to the bicentennial that will also be made available at libraries and museums throughout the county.
The 200-year anniversary will also include a traveling exhibit featuring 200 images of Hamilton County history. The exhibit will be featured at traditional events across the county including Durant Days in Raquette Lake, Old Home Days in Wells, and the Moose Festival in Indian Lake. Future bicentennial events include the Hamilton County History Fair in August and a Bicentennial Bash in October.
Posters and postcards featuring the Bicentennial event schedule will be available at chambers of commerce, information and tourism offices, and local businesses. Bicentennial banners will also be hung at locations cross the county beginning Memorial Day weekend.
Funds are still being raised and anyone wishing to make a donation may do so through the website or by sending a check or money order to Hamilton County Treasurer, 102 County View Drive, Lake Pleasant, NY 12108. Supporters will receive a gift of 12 vintage-style postcards featuring historic images and be listed among supporters on the bicentennial website.