On Tuesday evening August 1, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) is offering a walking tour of historic Emmons Farms on Tuesday evening August 1.
Asa Emmons settled in Oneonta after the Revolution and purchased land along the Susquehanna River in 1799. In 1835 his son Carleton Emmons bought Jacob Young's Emmons Tavern and some of the land that includes the current Emmons Farms. He and his wife Maria Fairchild lived in the Tavern until 1850, when they built a separate residence, the building that is now The Farmhouse restaurant. Over the years, additional homes, gardens, agricultural buildings, and a reservoir were added. Many of the buildings have now been developed into rental properties.
Emmons descendents Walter Haupt and Warren Smith will lead the walking tour of the farms across from Price Chopper Plaza to benefit GOHS. The walking tour begins at 7:00 PM at the Farmhouse at Emmons returant, 5649 Statehighway 7, where free parking is available. The tour will be followed by refreshments outside the Woodchuck Knoll residence. Tickets are $7.00 ($6.00 for GOHS members). Because the tour is limited to 30 persons, (sold out last year), advanced registration is required. Persons with mobility issues may be accommodated but please inform GOHS when making reservations. For reservations or more information, contact info@OneontaHistory.org or 607-432-0960