November 10, 2009

Honoring Bethel Grove School and Community Home

This Sunday afternoon, the Dryden Town Historical Society will be celebrating the accomplishments of the Bethel Grove community:

In 19th century Bethel Grove, the local school was the heart of the community. Everyone had to be involved; it was either contribute money or help with the work. The building was also used for church services on Sunday and was the location where holiday and other grand community events could be celebrated. The school operated from 1851 to 1959. However, in the 1930's, the community decided the school was too small for other uses and built a community center called the Bethel Grove Community Home.

Earlier this year, Molly Adams spearheaded a campaign to raise funds to purchase an historic marker for the Bethel Grove school. The effort was so successful that there was enough money to honor the Community Home with a marker as well.

Join the Dryden Town Historical Society on Sunday, November 15th - from 3 to 5 PM at the Bethel Grove Community Center (1825 Slaterville Road)- to celebrate a neglected part of our local history. Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to all.

[Funding for this event was provided through a Celebrations Grant from the Tourism Advisory Board of Tompkins County.]

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