Historic North Country Village Talk & Walk planned Saturday in Madrid
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:14 am

Historian Philip Paige points out features of the historic Columbia Hotel in Madrid.

MADRID – The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is presenting the inaugural tour of its new series, the Historic North Country Village Talk & Walk, starting with the first tour in Madrid on Saturday, May 12, led by Philip Paige.

Attendees will meet at the Hepburn Library of Madrid at 11 a.m., where Paige will give a talk on letters written by Sylvester J. Wright to the local newspaper in 1914. The letters were penned as a means of documenting life in early Madrid, focusing on topics ranging from early industry and social life to famous figures with Madrid roots, secret societies, politics, and more.

Following this, Paige will lead the group on a walking tour of downtown Madrid, with reference to the places discussed in the letters. The program will run from 11 a.m. to approximately 12:30, and is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

Future Talk & Walk programs are planned for other St. Lawrence County communities, including Potsdam, Canton, Lisbon and Ogdensburg.

The St. Lawrence County Historical Association, sponsor of the Madrid Talk & Walk, is located at 3 E. Main St., Canton.

The association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history.

For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail [email protected].

Visit the SLCHA’s website, www.slcha.org, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.