We are very thankful for author and master gardener, Wayne Myers, for providing the Steele Memorial Library with a copy of “Bald Hill: The Lost Community.”
“Bald Hill” is an eight-year research project Myers and friends completed about the area familiar to those in Danby, Spencer, and Van-Etten known as Bald Hill. It explores the families that lived there. Surnames include Parshall, Sears, Dorn, Turk, Loomis, Dawes, Van Etten, Cortright, Grover, Briggs.
Sally Marx writes in an article on the book,
“The book is filled with the stories of births, deaths, fires, animals, and a simpler time. It is both easy and fascinating reading with lots of pictures and maps and genealogies. Today Bald Hill is a state forest and only the old, crumbling stone foundations mark where a thriving, industrious community of farmers and their families once lived.
This book will surely be a great resource to anyone doing genealogy research in this area. According to Worldcat.org, a catalog of the world’s libraries, the only other library to carry this book is Cornell University. Come on down to the Steele Memorial Library Genealogy and Local History Department to see this new volume (Call # 974.771 MYE).
Click the link for a spreadsheet of other print resources we have at the Steele Memorial Library that address people in the Spencer, Van-Etten, and Danby areas:
*The Lost Community: Neighbors Piece Together History of Danby’s Bald Hill. By Sally Marx, Oct 18, 2014. [http://www.ithaca.com/news/the-lost-community-neighbors-piece-together-history-of-danby-s/article_32c2865a-561b-11e4-b481-a3c7ad01e713.html]
S-VE Town Talk: New book tells story of Bald Hill. Ithaca Journal http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2014/10/06/danby-bald-hill-new-book/16806191/.
History of Bald Hill Explored. Aryeal Jackson. Nov 9, 2015 [http://www.ithaca.com/news/history-of-bald-hill-explored/article_063b20d6-832b-11e5-abf3-3356535929e1.html]