Do you recognize the location in this old photograph? What has changed since the photo was taken? What can you tell us about the history?
Here is what the community already had to share:
Marcia Bierce: My father worked in that building the original building of what is now Champlain National Bank! My father worked for Harry Tom Tietenberg who was the first president of the bank.
Rich Warner: Where Barney Fife sat and kept an eye on traffic coming over the bridge
Dianne Lansing: This was the bank…oh yeah, that’s what it says. Notice that the addition on the school wasn’t there in this photo.
Christine Herrmann: It is now home to the Willsboro Heritage Society.
The caption reads: “Essex County National Bank in Willsboro, NY”, which indicates the building featured in the center of the photo. The former Willsboro Central School building can be seen to the left. For a time the former bank was turned into elementary classrooms for the school. Today is it host to the town’s historical society. To the right is the Paine Memorial Library, although it is not visible in this photo.
It looks like the roads are unpaved. What do you think?
Take a look at the backside of the postcard below. Along the right side it tells us that this was published for John Wolff of Willsboro, NY by C.W. Hughes & Co., Inc. of Mechanicville, NY. Does that name sound familiar to anyone?
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