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Malta home to get historic marker

Malta home to get historic marker

A new town historic marker will be installed in front of a 170-year-old farmhouse in Malta Ridge.

A new town historic marker will be installed in front of a 170-year-old farmhouse in Malta Ridge.

The marker, to be dedicated at 4 p.m. Saturday, is being installed at the Riley-Reno-Cornthwaite home at 768 Malta Avenue Extension.

The house has been associated with three prominent families and is an example of the Greek Revival architectural style popular in the early 19th century, said town Historian Paul Perreault.

“It’s architecturally distinguished because it was typical of the vernacular style being built by prominent families around here,” he said.

The house was built around 1840 — perhaps earlier — by George Riley, whose ancestors were among the town’s pioneers. “His father and his uncle appear on the 1810 census, so I consider them pioneering families,” Perreault said.

Riley ran a hotel near Saratoga Lake and farmed the Malta Ridge property. He was also a local militia leader prior to the Civil War and a Union recruiter during the war.

His daughter married a Civil war veteran named George Reno, who was also a member of a prominent Malta Ridge family, and the house remained in their hands until it was sold to Dr. Miles Cornthwaite in 1940, Perreault said.

Cornthwaite was a physician in Ballston Spa and appears to have used the house as a summer home, Perreault said. Later, his son Schuyler Cornthwaite lived there, after retiring from a career in education in which he taught history in area schools and eventually became an administrator in Duanesburg schools. He died in 2009.

Today, the house is the home of Miles and Nancy Cornthwaite, son and daughter-in-law of Schuyler Cornthwaite. Miles Cornthwaite is a volunteer firefighter, a former member of the Malta Planning Board and owns Spa Cleaners in Ballston Spa.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony.

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