The Portville Historical and Preservation Society
17 Maple Avenue
Portville, NY 14770
Portville, New York

The lovely watercolor
in our toolbar above is
a depiction of the office
at 17 Maple Avenue.  
The artist is Portville's
very own talent,
Marilyn Reynolds.

Portville Historical and Preservation Society Update

We had a wonderful season at the office this year and as usual, visitors came from all over to connect
to their Portville roots.  We are closed now until next May 2013 but that does not mean that we don't
want to hear from you.  

Please send us a message using our
Contact Us tool and we will correspond over email.  If you would
like to make an appointment to visit the office or the area cemeteries and would like our assistance,
please feel free to let us know your plans and we will make special arrangements.  

All Roads Lead to Portville

One reason our summer was so busy was because of Portville's 175th Birthday Party in August.   It is
hard to imagine all the planning that it takes to put together an event like this.  Mr. Chuck Lucas, who
is no new-comer to event planning, took on the lead role in coordinating the week-long event with the
help of his committee, Mary Neudeck (Secretary), Amy Capito, Ruth Everetts, Jim Mathieson, and
Thom Torrey.

The calendar was full of activities.  Kicking off the week was a horse pull at the Town barn on
Sunday.  Monday, an Antique Tractor pull was held.  Taste of Portville and the Antique Car show was
on Tuesday night in the Village's Pioneer Park.  Wednesday, the Portville firemen did what they do best
and got out their hoses!  Their water barrel competition was held at the Portville Central School.  

On Thursday, the Portville Free Library held a presentation by Dr Bhyani on Civil War Medical
Practices.  Also held on Thursday was a PHPS sponsored tour of the Historic Home of William Egbert
Wheeler, hosted by Ronda and Tom Pollock and their daughter, Melody Pollock Ellis.

Under the direction of Mrs. Helen Worth, a retired teacher from Portville Central School and Village
Trustee, the historical society put on a play entitled "All Roads Lead to Portville".  Helen wrote the play
with the assistance of Cindy Keeley and Ronda Pollock and involved local adults and students for the
cast and crew.  The play encompassed Portville's timeline - from 1837 to 2012 - and highlighted key
events over the 175 history of the town.   The play was well attended on both Thursday and Friday
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In the photo above, actresses ready themselves for Scene One - the First Town Meeting.  From left to
right are Amber Dann as Mrs. Throop, Kaitlin Tarr as Smith Parish, Jenna Kellogg as Darius Wheeler,
and Shelley Palmer played Polly Rice.  Below, Ron and Tammy Aaron rehearse Scene 3 - the Early
Lumber Business.  Ron played the role of Charley Rounds, the Mail Stage driver, and his passenger
was Tammy as Miss Emma Mersereau, visiting her uncle's family for the summer months.

Following the play on Friday night, locals gathered for a Square Dance with caller John Taft and the
Mississippi Breeze Band.

Saturday started early with the pancake breakfast at Echo at the Masonic Temple followed by Arts
and Crafts at Pioneer Park.  Portvillians love a great parade and Saturday's was not a disappointment!  
It had great attendance and we have all the pictures from the parade at the following link.

See the Parade Photos from the 175th Birthday Party!

The Birthday Party in the park featured Senator Cathy Young and Mayor Emily Woodhead, who
presented Mr. Chuck with a key to the village.  The festivities continued all afternoon with a 4' x 8'
birthday cake, music, food and fun.

Everyone revelled at the fireworks display that Chuck arranged, hosted by Randy and Toni Marie
Sprague at Sprague's Maple Farms.  It was spectacular to say the very least!  Thanks to everyone for
making the festivities so memorable.

Chestnut Hill Cemetery Association Offers Monument Cleaning

If you have not been to the Chestnut Hill Cemetery recently, you may not have seen the sign offering
cleaning services.  Many of the shadier areas under the trees promote lichen and other growth that
eats away at the stone.  For a small fee, you can have your ancestors' monuments cleaned to preserve
the stones for many years to come.  Caretaker Kirk Austin can describe the process and costs to you
if you have a need for their services.