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Robert Zegel
Janet Post
Erik Allan
Jim Decker
Samerna Rion
Wes Benson
Erika Allan
John Albert

Ashland Historical Association, Inc.

Ashland Historical Association meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Town Hall. All members are welcome to attend any meeting. To ensure our future growth and success we are seeking new volunteers for various committees to continue to achieve our goals.

Please download our new Membership Application here

For more info please contact Dawn Thorp @ 5l8 734-6432
or Diane Cross@ 5l8 734-3636

Click here for Ashland Tractor & Machine Show 2016 Photos

Click here for Ashland Machine Show 2010 Photos

The Ashland Historian Newsletter
Ashland Historical

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West Settlement Church Project
West Settlement Church

The History of Ashland Farming
by Michelle Fancher

Early l7th and l8th Century farmers endured very rough pioneer life while adapting to the new environment of the Catskills. Many began their farms alone, clearing land and building their homes by themselves, sending for their families once established. Harnessing oxen and horses for power, they used crude wooden plows to carve out fields for crops, however, much of the land was so rocky that many raised sheep.

Many early crops consisted of wheat, corn, oats, and barley. Those crops were all sowed by hand, cultivated with a hoe, hand-cut with a sickle and threshed using a flail. Not until the late 18th century were many machines such as the cradle and scythe, cotton gin and cast iron plow invented to make the farmer's lives easier.


Dawn Thorp President
Pat Ferris Vice President
Stanley Fancher Treasurer
Diane Cross Secretary
Samerna Rion Town Historian

Samerna Rion
Samerna Rion-Town Historian

Bob ZegalBob Zegal-Permanent Historical Board Member

Erik Allan Janet Post
Erik Allan & Janet Post- Permanent Historical Board Members


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