Thursday, November 3, 2016

Historic Pickens Hall Abbott Sisters History Event

slcha-annual-meetingThe St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s 69th Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 5th, from 11 am to 2 pm at Pickens Hall, 83 N. State Street in  Heuvelton.

A painted barn quilt, a tour of Pickens Hall, and a talk on the Abbott sisters will highlight the night. The public is invited and you do not have to be a member of the SLCHA to attend.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s 69th Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 5th begins at 11 am with a brief business meeting, followed at noon by a hot soup and sandwich luncheon. Lunch is $10 per person and pre-registration is required for lunch (you do not need to order lunch to attend the meeting). Lunch registrations can be made by calling (315) 386-8133 or emailing

After lunch, a presentation will be given on the Abbott sisters. Bessie and Jessie Abbott (née Pickens) took on their mother’s maiden name and performed together at Pickens Hall as young women, before Bessie left for New York and Europe to perform as an opera singer under the name “Bessie Abott”. Pickens Hall was built by their grandfather, John Pickens, and held the town opera house as well as a number of shops, the post office, and the offices of the Heuvelton Bee newspaper.

Also, barn quilt painted by SLCHA trustee Pat Dominie is being raffled to benefit the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, with the drawing being held at the Annual Meeting. The wooden square has a size of approximately 24” x 24”. Tickets are available at the SLCHA for $1 each or 6 for $5, and will also be available at the Annual Meeting on November 5th. The winner’s name will be drawn at the meeting, but you do not need to be present to win!

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is normally open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 pm, Friday noon to 8 pm. The SLCHA’s museum and archives will be closed on Saturday, November 5th to allow the staff and volunteers to attend the annual meeting.   Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children, $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is located at 3 E. Main St., Canton. Parking is available in the back of the SLCHA, next to the museum’s main entrance.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history. For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at (315) 386-8133 or e-mail Visit the SLCHA’s website for more information on St. Lawrence County history.

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