Mary Hornbuckle of the Dryden Town Historical Society writes about an event to be held next Sunday afternoon:
On Sunday, September 19th, from 1 to 4pm, the Dryden Town Historical Society will present a program entitled "Remembering Bethel Grove," to be held on site at the Bethel Grove Community Center (1825 Slaterville Road). Noted local history enthusiast Molly Adams has been researching this small but once flourishing community that lies within the boundaries of Dryden, Ithaca, and Caroline. Caroline residents are probably more familiar with Bethel Grove because they drive through it to get to Ithaca. But newer Caroline residents may not realize what they don't know about this section of Slaterville Road. Who remembers Carrie Rightmeyer's store or the Steiger store? Who remembers Kellogg's - or the little Texaco station - or Sylvan Hills - or Marion's Fruit Stand? How about the chicken and biscuit dinners at the community center and the church? Molly has prepared a program where old-timers can share memories with newcomers and anyone interested in local history.
This is to be the beginning of an on-going project to uncover the history of Bethel Grove. Molly has received information and encouragement from Chuck and Hazel Mandeville, but can see there is a lot more to learn. If you have photos, stories, or other information to share, please join us on September 19th for an afternoon of history, memories and light refreshments. If you are unable to attend, but have information about the Bethel Grove community, call Molly Adams at 539-7815. On second thought, if you have good stuff, call Molly anyway and maybe she can do some advance copying, enlarging, and protective pacakaging before the event.
This program is free and open to all. For more information call Molly Adams (539-7815) or Mary Hornbuckle (898-3461).Posted by simon at September 12, 2004 11:29 AM in Bethel Grove , history