Duanesburg Historical Society hosts open house, barn tour

FILE - Pat and Leonard Van Buren pose outside the Duanesburg Historical Society Research & Archive Center in Quaker Street, N.Y. in 2018.

FILE - Pat and Leonard Van Buren pose outside the Duanesburg Historical Society Research & Archive Center in Quaker Street, N.Y. in 2018.

DUANESBURG The Duanesburg Historical Society will be hosting an open house at its Research and Archive Center and a tour of three historic local barns Saturday.

The historic guided barn tour will leave from the Research and Archive Center located at 450 Quaker Lane in Delanson at 9 a.m. The Duanesburg Historical Society open house will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The barn tour is something the Historical Society has not done before, Board of Directors Trustee Pat Van Buren said. The Research and Archive Center opened in 2018. A lot of the events that would have happened at the new building were canceled during COVID, Van Buren explained.

“So we’re really excited about finally in 2022 being able to open our building up to the public with our wonderful new displays,” said Van Buren, who worked to get the displays up and running. “ And of course the barn tour being of great interest in our rural community. It’s just a very exciting event for us.”

The three historic barns on the tour date from 1790 to 1850. The Historical Society asks those who plan to come on the tour arrive prior to 9 a.m. to get driving directions to the barn’s locations. Parking is available near all of the barns, but space is limited and the Historical Society encourages carpooling. The tour will be held rain or shine.

Barn enthusiasts and member of the Timber Framers’ Guild, Kim Balfour, also will be giving a brief introduction about historic barns.

“They are so architecturally interesting,” Van Buren said. “They are so unique and important to the rural landscape. We’re losing barns all the time, so the barns that we have we really need to celebrate that they’re still here. They have the legacy of the people who worked the land, who settled here in Duanesburg.”

The open house will give the public the opportunity to see the Duanesburg Historical Society’s growing collection of artifacts honoring the people, places, institutions, lifestyles and traditions.

“The displays are just so meaningful to our town of Duanesburg,” Van Buren said. “It’s not just items, but all of the history of these items has been researched and how they relate to the town of Duanesburg and who they were linked to in the town of Duanesburg.”

On Saturday the Historical Society also will have a Barn Tool Brain Teaser activity for all ages with a chance to win a Stewart’s gift card. There will be story time at 1 p.m. in conjunction with a quilt display.

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