DISTRICT TWO – FALL REPORT 2015
District Two’s 2015 Reunion was held in the upstate Village of Fort Edward, New York on September 19, 2015. The Village is actually the southern section of the City of Glens Falls, known as Wings Falls until 1788 when Abraham Wing, the founder, lost a bet with Colonel Johannes Glen of Schenectady and forfeited the name of the town.
Thirteen District members and eight out-of-town guests gathered at the Anvil Inn Restaurant to meet Paul McCarty, the Fort Edward Historian and Executive Director of the Old Fort House Museum (yes, there is another Old Fort House!) Included among the out-of-town guests were Randy Mott Cobb from RI, Betty Windle and husband Bill from TX, and three sisters who are the great-granddaughters of Asahel Richard Wing, a renowned citizen of Fort Edward.
Paul led us on a walking tour of the Village, describing many homes, including the Wing-Northrup house and Saint James Episcopal Church where Asa Wing and other Wing families worshiped during the 18th and 19th centuries.
We reconvened at the Anvil Inn for lunch, after which we drove a few blocks to the Museum, that since 1925 has housed the Fort Edward Historical Association. The Museum is laid out, similar to the Wing Fort House, as a functioning home, with furniture, period wallpaper, tables set for lavish dinners and paintings on the walls. We were surprised at the vast number of Wing artifacts the Museum houses.
After the tour, Paul and two Village officials unveiled a plaque dedicated to Asa Wing and two other prominent citizens. The fact that Asa’s three great-granddaughters were present to see the unveiling was particularly meaningful. Also present was the Publisher of the local newspaper; he’ll be writing an article about the reunion.
The afternoon ended with punch and home-baked cookies in the garden. All in all it was a fun, educational and extremely enjoyable day for District Two members.
Nancy Wing Lombardi
District Representative, District Two
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