2009-09-17 / Local & State

Historical Society News

After moving to the top floor, the Historical Society room in the Fulton County Library, 227 North First Street, McConnellsburg, is again open free of charge to all library patrons. The society's local history books and family history materials do not circulate but are available anytime the library is open by registering at the front desk with a photo ID. The room is not staffed except by appointment.

The first visitors to the newly renovated room were Rev. De and Bonnie Colledge Hillyer of Charlotte, N.C., who spent a week here attending a Colledge family reunion, visiting local cemeteries and researching Bonnie's Col-ledge and Hockensmith families at the library. Bonnie donated two small paperback books written by her uncle, Gil Colledge, in 1986 and 1987.

"Hunters and People I've Known Along the Aughwick" is a collection of personal stories and memories of camp meetings at Maddensville, the store at Fort Littleton, a hermit who lived in Plum Hollow, copperhead snake dens on Mill Ridge, fishing through the ice, and the big snow of 1936. Gil includes stories about Doc McClain, the Park family, Frank Plessinger and others.

The Historical Society welcomes donations of family and local history material on Fulton County people and events, as well as financial donations to keep the room available without charge. All gifts are tax deductible. Volunteers willing to answer queries and help non-local people with family research are needed.

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