President: Nelson Schwartzentruber
Vice President: Jim Lathan
Secretary: Dan Yantzi
Dues are $5.00 per year, $10.00 family per year or a Life membership for $50.00
Dues should be sent to:
Martinsburg Historical Society
P.O. Box 17
Martinsburg, NY 13404
Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at the
Historic Town Hall unless otherwise indicated. All interested
people are invited to attend. 1st meeting in 2023 will be April 4, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wm. Bush Library. Subsequent meetings will be in the Old Town Hall unless otherwise indicated.
Treasurer: Mary Kelley
MHS Society's 1st 2023 Meeting- April 4, 2023
Martinsburg Historical Society Golf Tournament:
August 5, 2023
Cedars Golf Course
"Twins Wide Open"
August 12, 2023 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Town of Martinsburg Historian
Sue Adsit Office Hours 1-4 pm on Tuesdays or call 315-376-7219 for an appointment.
The William H. Bush Memorial Library welcomes researchers to look through scrapbooks,
notebooks, and old news articles during regular library hours.
The William H. Bush Memorial Library also has a "Museum Room" which can be opened upon request.
Mon: 10:00 am--6:00 pm
Tues: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Wed.10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thurs: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-Noon
The Martinsburg Historical Scoiety has many holding that can be searched. We will add more materials as we get time to list them. However, the following is available:
Shells, D.W. / Wells, R.F. History of Hatfield, Mass. 1910
Keys, Robert L. / Lathan B. The Conkey Family of Pelham Mass. 2004
Lathan B. /Salem Society The Salem Book(copy) 1896
Lathan B. Folders Revolutionary War Vets 2012-14
War of 1812
Spanish / American War
White, William E. Tin Whistle Tune Book 1984
Rodeheaver Hall – Mack Co. Sociabilty Songs 1928
Christmas Song Book UK UK
Lathan, Bette/Jim Autograph Album W. Ingersoll 1884
White,D.F. Oneida County 1998 “””
Joslyn Paul D. Mostly Memories 2015 “”
Family Information available:
Rowsam/Wakefield/Weller Pa’s Book/Miles Dening
Jarecki Family History Conkey Family
Hazen Family John Mungo
McGrath/Ryan/Gleason Moore 1919 to present
Robert & Patrick Peebles Hall (D. Waugh)
William Seymour Henry Whitner
Stafford ( 2 ) Rev. Yale
Questions about Martinsburg History may be addressed to:
Sue Adsit POB 22
Martinsburg, NY 13404
First Lewis County Clerk's Office
The First Lewis County Clerk's Office is the "official home" of the Martinsburg Historical Society (MHS). The building was used by the MHS until the society was able to purchase the building in 2011. Once the purchase was complete the society began major work on the building. Through findraisers and donations the society was able to stabilize the building by putting on a new roof, insulation, new windows, electrical work. and a new ceiling. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The building is open every Martinburg Day and used for society meetings The building is available at anytime by appointment through contacting Sue Adsit, historian. Please watch for scheduled open houses and special programs.
1st Lewis County Clerk's Office
Quiet Winter Scene at Maple Ridge Cemetery.
Restored Martinsburg Common School District #4- Loucks District.
The Martinsburg Historical Society was honored to be visited by Mr. William Greer, Portland, Oregon, a descendant of Dr. Franklin Hough, in the fall of 2022. Dr. Hough, a Lewis County native and resident, authored a history of Lewis County in 1860 with a later, more extensive volume in 1883. Dr. Hough was a brother to Martinsburg resident Horatio Hough, an abolitionist, who used an underground cave on his farm property as a hiding place for slaves traveling north to freedom in Canada.
A reception was held at the Historic Martinsburg Town Hall honoring Mr. Greer. Guests enjoyed a talk by Mr. Greer visualizing the journey through Martinsburg made by these escaping slaves. Mr. Greer plans to return to Martinsburg to further his research on his ancestors.
The society continues to dialogue with the Demko family about the possibility of acquiring a small plot of land surrounding what is referred to as Hough’s Cave, to preserve it for its historic significance.
Artisan Engraving completed the restoration work on the grave markers in the Staring Cemetery in the fall of 2022 and the society will host a celebration at the cemetery in memory of those individuals who are buried there.
The society will host its annual open house at its District #4 one-room schoolhouse, Martinsburg Day on August 12, and perhaps bring back a skit of an historic Martinsburg event at its annual meeting in January 2024.
As the society enters its forty-seventh year, its members continue to preserve the history of the town and its people. New members are always welcome and membership information can be found on this webpage. Please consider joining us.