PALATINE SETTLEMENT SOCIETY, Inc.
"The Early Days"
Back in the Fall of 1982, a group of about 70 individuals met and
formed "The Palatine Settlement Society" to begin the process of
creating a living museum, a "dorf", or village, with adjoining farms,
forts, trademan's buildings, and churches as might have been
developed by the first settlers in the central Mohawk Valley
in the 18th Century. Milford Decker, St. Johnsville Town Historian
served as its first president.
Almost immediately, the old Nellis property along Route 5 about
one mile east of St. Johnsville attracted their attention, as did
the Old Stone Store in the village. By 1985, the Society had arranged
to purchase the property, and the Nellis Tavern, from Aleda Mary
Nellis Weaver, niece of James Nellis, the last Nellis to live
in the tavern.
The pictures on this page are from the 1983 era, giving you a glimpse
back to the days when the first Society members
began the task of restoring our Tavern.
View from the northwest corner toward front door
Speaking of the Front Door
View from the northeast on Route 5
Same view, but closer
Hole in roof caused much interior damage
Clearing the forest was no small task!
The building now appears as two volunteers clear the last shrubs.
The forest cleared (1985), but so much left to do
The view of the east end of the building
with windows boarded up for safe-keeping.
Notice the early lime-stone foundation on the left.
View from the west. Note two doors into the kitchen here.
South kitchen window (1988)
Making Progress in 1989
New Porch (design based on 1950 photo)
Getting dressed up again after all those years
A quick peek at the kitchen in the beginning
Kitchen fireplace Lumber on floor is loom
Partition now removed - south edge of kitchen
Northeast corner of kitchen
The Cheese House arrives
We now call it "The Little Red House"
NOTE: These Photos were copied from the several scrapbooks of the Society's activities.
(Last revised on January 23, 2023)
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