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 2022 will be April 5, 2022 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 2022 Meeting- April 5, 2022
Martinsburg Historical Society Golf Tournament:
August 6, 2022
Cedars Golf Course
"Twins Wide Open"
August 13, 2022 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
Wed.10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sat: Not open at this time.
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, used for society meetings, open on Wednesdays -summer and fall, noon to 4:00 pm and every Tuesday, 1-4 pm. The building is available at anytime by appointment through contacting Sue Adsit, historian. Please watch for scheduled open houses and special programs.
Due to Covid we were unable to hold our annual Martinsburg Day and showcase our beautiful building. We did try to open on Wednesdays thanks to our president, Nelson Schwartzentruber. We are hoping to have Martinburg Day this August 2021 and once again use our building and have it open for the public and special programs.
1st Lewis County Clerk's Office
Quiet Winter Scene at Maple Ridge Cemetery.
Restored Martinsburg Common School District #4- Loucks District.
Highlights of the past year for the Martinsburg Historical Society included the return of the Twins Wide Open Golf Tournament, Martinsburg Day and an open house at the society’s own one-room schoolhouse following the cancellation of those activities in 2020 caused by the pandemic.
A great deal of work was accomplished on the Staring Cemetery restoration with hopes of completing the project in 2022. Artisan Engraving was unable to begin its work in 2021, but will perform its magic on the damaged grave markers in 2022.
The society has been contacted by someone out of the area who is interested in our Hough’s Cave project. Hough’s Cave was a station on the Underground Railroad and the society is hoping to be able to acquire the property to preserve it for its historic value to the community. This contact will be visiting Martinsburg during 2022 and has generated interest from a local television station that is requesting permission to do a story which will promote the project and the society.
As the society enters its forty-sixth year, its members eagerly seek to continue preserving 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.