In the nineteenth century, hops dominated the rural economy in central New York including Madison County where they were first cultivated.
The Rome Historical Society will host “When Hops Were King,” a program with Madison County Historian, Matt Urtz set for Wednesday, September 21st at the Rome Historical Society.
This program will explore the local history of hops, the importance of Madison, Oneida, and Otsego Counties in their production, why the industry failed, and the recent rebirth of hops farming in the region.
Matthew Urtz was appointed Madison County Historian in April of 2010. He lives in Oneida, New York, with his wife and two dogs. He has served on the board of numerous cultural organizations and spearheaded a successful Veteran’s interview program. He is the author of Honoring World War Casualties of Madison County, New York and has had many articles published in local and regional newspapers and magazines. Urtz shares his knowledge on a variety of historical topics through dozens of public and private presentations each year.
This program will begin at 5:30 pm and is free and open to the public. The Rome Historical Society is located at 200 Church Street, in Rome. For more information, call (315) 336-5870 or visit their website.
Photo of hops courtesy Rome Historical Society.