Legends and lore

Assemblyman Matt Simpson, Wilmington Historical Society President Karen Peters, and Wilmington town Supervisor Roy Holzer unveil a new roadside marker. (Photo provided)

WILMINGTON — A new roadside sign in Wilmington was unveiled on Sunday.

The town hosted an event to celebrate the new roadside marker with stories of the Cannon Prank of July 4th, 1850, a reading of the “Wilmington Chronicles,” music and refreshments.

The Wilmington E. M. Cooper Library donated to the Wilmington Historical Society an actual piece of the cannon that was the focus of the 1850 lore and prank. The cannon piece was on display at the event for all to view.

Those who attended included New York state assemblyman Matt Simpson, town Supervisor Roy Holzer, town board member Paula McGreevy, former town board member Steve Connor, Wilmington E.M. Cooper Library President Kate Casler, residents and Wilmington Historical Society members.

The roadside marker was made possible by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.


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