In the past, Malone was referred to as the "Star of the North." The name was bestowed on Malone as it is geographically centered almost equidistant from five other communities to form a "star." Those who enjoy our community today feel that Malone is the Star of the North for many other wonderful reasons.
Malone has a rich historic tradition, the most examples of gorgeous Victorian architecture north of Saratoga, year-round outdoor opportunities, a 36-hole Robert Trent Jones designed championship golf course with new clubhouse, the Malone Recreation Park, unique shopping experiences, several fun summer events, summer theater and concerts, one of the finest trout streams in the East, the Salmon Riverflowing through the center of town and, making it all complete, the friendliest small-town residents that you will find anywhere.
The Almanzo Wilder homestead, known as the Wilder Farm, is a museum commemorating "Farmer Boy," open late May to late September, and is only 5 minutes from Malone. Almanzo Wilder was the husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the many "Little House" books best known for the prairie locations where Laura grew up. "Farmer Boy," the second in the series, describes her husband's boyhood in Burke. The 84-acre farm on which he lived boasts the only original "Little House" still on its original location, as well as reconstructed barns, museum/gift shop, picnic pavilion, and a walk to the same Trout River in which the Wilders fished, cut ice, and washed sheep.
Geese at the Malone Recreational Park
(Photo — Hugh Hill, www.hughahill.com)
Guided tours are available daily, exceptions being the special events mentioned later. Visitors on tour can imagine animals in the barn stalls, and view 19th century farm implements from buggy wrenches to fanning mills.
As the tour moves into the not-so-little farmhouse, individuals can envision Almanzo bathing by the kitchen stove, his mother Angeline preparing food in the pantry, and the shoemaker working at the cobbler's bench in the dining room. As special guests, visitors are allowed into the parlor to speculate where the stove black brush hit the wall, before climbing the steep stairs to the children's bedrooms, which include, along with rope beds, a large loom, spinning wheels, and other equipment used to manufacture clothing. A peek into the attic from Almanzo's bedroom reveals a shingle bench, representing the one used by his father, James Wilder.
Normal operating hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m., with the last tour started by 3 p.m. The Almanzo Wilder Homestead may be located by following blue signs from Route 11 east of Malone. More information may be obtained at www.almanzowilderfarm.com or by calling 518-483-1207.
Besides several wonderful examples of Greek Revival Architecture, Malone boasts the largest collection of Victorian Architecture north of Saratoga, often referred to as the "Painted Ladies." In fact, a wonderful Malone home was featured on the cover of a best-selling book of Victorian architecture entitled "Painted Ladies." This architectural masterpiece was favored as the cover of the book over examples from San Francisco and elsewhere. A map entitled "Discover Malone's Architectural Heritage, a Map and Walking Tours" is available for free at the Malone Chamber of Commerce. The map features homes, churches, and businesses.
The Franklin County Historical and Museum Society's "House of History" opens on Milwaukee Street, Malone, for the season on Memorial Day through Labor Day. The House of History is open for tours and for genealogy research and also hosts many special events including historical lectures, readings, author signings, demonstrations, and musical events. Call 518-483-2750.
Available at the Malone Chamber of Commerce are booklets on canoeing, fishing, "Adirondack Short Walks and Day Hikes," and ATV trails, with many of these opportunities being only minutes from the center of downtown. One must remember that Malone is only 8 miles from the Adirondack Park boundary, and can readily offer the flavor of the Adirondack experience.
The Malone Golf Club also offers a rich history and famous folk, including Babe Ruth, have graced its rolling fairways. The course was designed and expanded a few years ago by world renowned golf course designer, Robert Trent Jones.
The Malone Recreation Park, known locally as the "Rec" Park, is one of the nicest community parks in the region. Featured during the summer are swimming, swimming lessons, playgrounds, tennis courts, softball diamonds, volleyball, picnic areas, and a walking trail. Many a local resident recalls fondly time spent at the Rec Park. There is no charge for the use of the Rec Park and it is funded by the village and town of Malone. Many families use the Park for family reunions, and the Park is open for all activities to the out-oftown visitor as well.
The Franklin County Fair will be held from Aug. 3 to 11, 2013. The Fair features midway rides, amusements, livestock and poultry judging, harness racing, tractor pull, demolition derbies, and local food vendors. Top country and rock entertainers are featured. For more information, go online at www.frcofair.com or call (518) 483-0720.
Learn more about the Malone region by contacting the Malone Chamber of Commerce for more information at (877) 625-3172 or visit www.malonenychamber.com.