Railroads will be program focus

Delhi — Two Delaware County historical organizations are teaming together in July to promote a presentation on the Ontario and Western Railway. The Delhi Historical Society and the Delaware County Historical Association will welcome Professor Doug Barberio, noted aficionado and historian of the O&W, on Saturday afternoon, July 11 at 1p.m. Professor Barberio will deliver an informative presentation concerning that portion of the O&W which once traversed Delaware County.
The Ontario and Western, originally known as the New York and Oswego Midland, was completed in 1872, connecting Weehawken, NJ to Oswego. The line ran through Hancock, Walton and Sidney in southern and western Delaware County with a branch line connecting Walton and Delhi. The line provided an immediate boost to the county and the towns it passed through, particularly its agriculture sector.
The presentation by Professor Barberio will take place at the Delaware County Historical Association, located on state Route 10, approximately 2.5 miles north of Delhi. In addition to Professor Barberio’s presentation, Joe Senese will display his collection of O&W artifacts and railroad items will also be for sale.
Those planning to attend are invited to bring any historic items or artifacts they may have that highlight the history of the O&W Railroad. Refreshments will be served. The presentation is free and open to the public.
For more information call DCHA at 607 746-3849, e-mail dcha@delhi.net or call Mary Jane Henderson at 607 746-2570.