Donated to Cortland County Historical Society in 2021 by Shirley Schumacher. About 1898 Harley and Ada Kise of Clyde, New York purchased a Democrat Wagon manufactured by the Cortland Wagon Company in Cortland, NY. They used it for their farm work and their growing family. The Kise family used the wagon throughout the early 1900s, drawn by one and two horse teams. It was used to transport their family, haul wood, coal, and miscellaneous items. During the great depression, a man seeking work, food, and a place to stay stopped at the Kise farm and inquired if he could work for a meal and shelter.Read More →

July, 2019 The popular series returns this month with 4 exciting presentations at the Historical Society. Bring your own lunch or just enjoy a beverage and dessert with us. This program is free and open to the public. We start at 12:10 and finish at 12:50. Call 607-756-6071 for more information.   Wednesday, July 10 “The Cortland Academy in Homer: Its Origins and History” Please join Martin Sweeney, Historian for the Town and Village of Homer, to learn more about the beginnings of a school on the green in Homer. This year is the bicentennial of state-approved education in Homer, NY. There has been aRead More →

The corner of Main and Port Watson Streets In 1812 the Randall brothers, William and Roswell, originally from Stonington, Connecticut, came to the little village of Cortland. The enterprising brothers immediately went to work and built a general store on the north corner of Main and Port Watson Streets. The brothers were astute businessmen. They painted the building yellow, and it was thereafter known as “The Yellow Store”. At first, Cortland was a market town but small businesses soon followed. The brothers established distilleries on South Main Street and they manufactured potash. At this time whiskey was a household necessity! It was 15⍧ a gallonRead More →