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This is an initiative to catalog and share the rich history of Vernon, focusing on the Town of Vernon, the Village of Vernon, and Vernon Center. The Town also includes Oneida Castle and the City of Sherrill.
Vernon has a long and fascinating history. The town and village are at a strategic spot along the Sconondoa Creek–ideal for grist mills and glass factories–and within the orbit of the Oneida Nation’s main village at Oneida Castle. Vernon was on an ideal path for a plank road (now Route 5). A rich supply of timber from dense hemlock forests further made Vernon a prime location for settlement and industry. Read a Brief History of Vernon.
Ben Egan Day in Baltimore and Sherrill NY, since 1922
Before Route 5 was a double lane highway heading east out of Vernon, it was a much simpler, tree-lined road and turnpike. Until the mid-twentieth century, the sidewalk and Seneca Street crossed the Sconondoa Creek independently, with the sidewalk was…
Vernon has a long history of excellence in education. From the early pioneers and one room schoolhouses, to some of the most highly regarded private schools of the late 1800s. Many of Vernon’s young men went on to Hamilton College…
The Rambler Rose Tea House, a turn-of-the-century tea room and restaurant, provided well-to-do guests with “fancy tea in a country setting” from 1913 to approximately 1927.
The original factory building as it looked then, and as it looks today!
Few people today have ever heard of C.E. Smith, yet the buildings he built impact us nearly every day.
Add an Artifact to the Archives
You’re a crucial part of our historical preservation efforts. We welcome you to share an artifact related to Vernon, whether it be a photograph, video, memory, audio interview, news article or story related to Vernon, so we can add it to the archive.
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We also welcome you to share one or more memories of life here! It can be something simple and everyday, like where you get groceries or ride your bike. Or a concert, school play, life during COVID, or a major milestone like a wedding. We need all types of experiences from all types of residents, and visitors so future generations better understand life in Vernon, through the years.
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