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Hammond, New York is a beautiful, rural farming community that borders the spectacular St. Lawrence River, Thousand Islands and Black Lake Regions of Upstate New York. We have a rich history of farmers that in many cases are descendants from Scottish settlers that came here in 1818. Our special museum holds many artifacts unique to Hammond and its people. We are committed and focused on preserving the memories and heritage of generations of Hammond residents. We are particularly proud to live in an area that boasts some of the largest concentrations of Scottish Stone Houses throughout the United States!
The Hammond Historical Museum will hold a Scottish festival August 10, 2019 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The day begins at 8:30 AM with a one mile “Wee Lads & Lassies” fun run behind Hammond Central School. Then a bagpiper will lead a procession of the 5K kilt runners from the school to St. Lawrence Avenue near the Presbyterian Church for the start of their run. The run will follow the Chippewa Bay Road, where many of the first Scottish immigrants settled. Registration forms are available on the our events page.
The festival itself will begin at 10 AM with a few great bagpipe tunes from Jeff Forsythe. Events include a tribute to the poet, Robert Burns, with readings and recollections of the Burns festivals that were held in Rossie many years ago. The Steel City Rovers, a “celtibilly” band, will give 3 performances. Other entertainment includes performances by harpist, Evelyn Saphier, HUG (Hammond Ukulele Group), and young Scottish dancers. Tug Hill Heavies will demonstrate Highland games throughout the day. There will also be various vendors, face painting, blacksmithing & weaving demonstrations and free tours of the museum buildings.
Admission donations are $5/person or $20/family of 4 or more, which include festival buttons with numbers for door prizes. The grand prize is a one-night stay at the beautiful Singer Castle! That’s not all! The day will conclude with a helicopter golf ball drop for nice cash prizes. Tickets for that are $10 each.
For further information, please contact Pamela Winchester at 315-324-5286 or Donna Demick at 315-528-4742.
— NOW OPEN —
September 22 - June 19
Wednesday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday: 9 AM – 1 PM
(Special Visits By Appointment. Call 315-528-4742)
OUR FIRST SCOTTISH SETTLER WAS WILLIAM MCNEIL. He lived in a cave on the shore of Chippewa Bay prior to 1812. The solid 8 foot tall limestone statue of William McNeil in front of our Museum was carved by local artist, Carmen D'Avino.