Washington County Bicentennial Plans

The formal ceremony for the observance of the Bicentennial Anniversary of Washington County will be held April 2 at the Washington County Office Building in Fort Edward. The projected plan prepared by the Washington County Task Force Committee includes many interesting activities.

A new colorful county emblem has been designed and executed to be placed on a county flag and on other appropriate items. The emblem depicts the resources of the county – farming, mining, manufacturing, and forestry. The flag raising ceremony will be accompanied by a color guard. Assemblyman Neil Kelleher will present a resolution from the State Resolution followed by County resolutions accepting the emblem and the flag.

The keynote speaker will be Supervisor Jon Stevens who holds a keen interest in county history. A native Washington County tree will be planted by arborist George Callaway.

After these ceremonies, each of the seventeen supervisors will unveil a framed colored photograph from his town to be hung in the Supervisors Chambers. These have been chosen and prepared by the Preservation Council of Washington County.

A reprint of the Historic Resources of Washington County will be available. The original was published several years ago and is still in demand. A new edition of the Washington County map has been prepared with a picture of the first county courthouse on the cover. The Washington County Historical Society has presented a calendar with pictures of each of the towns and historic dates throughout the months. The BOCES faculty is preparing a county float that will be available for county and surrounding area parades.

Philatelists will be able to obtain commemorative stamps and cancellations in the lobby of the County Building and the Fort Edward Post Office that day. A booklet containing mini histories of the county and the seventeen towns prepared by the town historians will be on sale.

The first formal celebration ceremony commemorating the County Bicentennial promises to be interesting on April 2. It will be followed on July 21 by a “birthday” party on the County Fairgrounds.

Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – The Whitehall Independent – January 11, 1984