The documentary is part of the Forgotten Crossroads series of videos which tells the history and stories of people living in still-existing communities that started in the early days of the county.
This episode of Forgotten Crossroads highlights Bacon Hill, a small crossroads 2 miles northwest of Schuylerville along New York State Route 32 in the town of Northumberland. The hamlet center is the Reformed Church which celebrated its 200th anniversary three years ago and is home to several large farms owned and operated by families who can trace their ownership back many generations.
Jim Richmond, along with Saratoga County History Center volunteer videographer and regular New York Almanack contributor Dave Waite, recorded 25 interviews. They are now in the process of editing the film.
The video will premiere at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa in late March and the Bacon Hill Church in mid-April. Forgotten Crossroads – Bacon Hill has been made possible in part through funding secured from Welcome Stock Farm, King Brothers Dairy, Clear Echo Farm, Thomas Poultry, and Stonebridge Iron and Steel, Inc.
Each episode of Forgotten Crossroads builds on the history of bypassed Saratoga County communities of the 19th and 20th centuries and the stories of the people still living in the community. The first episode in the series focused on Rock City Falls in the town of Milton. Rock City Falls started as a mill town along Kayaderosseras Creek. The first episode was released in April 2022 and is available on Saratoga County History Center’s YouTube channel.
This programming is part of a multiyear, multiplatform initiative from the Saratoga County History Center that explores every aspect of Saratoga County History. The comprehensive focus represents SCHC’s biggest-ever commitment to explain that a greater Saratoga starts with understanding its history.
SCHC is installing an exhibition on the history of Saratoga County to open in spring 2023. In addition to the Brookside Museum, the History Center provides various educational programs online and in-person across the county.
For more information visit the Saratoga County History Center website.
Photo of Jean Peck at Clear Echo Farm provided.