Walton Historical Society
The Walton Historical Society was founded on May 21, 1883, by a group of citizens with prominent family names: Mead, Bassett, St. John, Townsend, Eells, Hanford and Harby among them.
Little is known about this group, but clearly they were adept in their efforts to lay the foundation for an active and dedicated community organization.
Another group was formed in the early 1920s. This group was led by Arthur W. North who became the Historian. Others included: B. G. North - in the line of Gabriel North H. B. Townsend - in the line of Dr. Platt Townsend Georgianna Pine Knapp - in the line of Joshua Pine.
Arthur W. North was to author several books on the history of Walton, all of which are available at Walton Historical Society.
In the 1940s and 1950s the society came alive again. Members met in each other's homes. Kate Eells, who lived in the house we now call our historical home, was the Historian for a long time. Then in February 1965 the state of New York granted a charter "incorporating Constance O. Peck, Henrietta Durfee Robinson, Beatrice Elderkin, Kate G. Eells and Raymond Shinn, and their associates and successors as an educational corporation under the corporate name of Walton Historical Society...."
Gradually, collections grew and the Society moved into a room at The William B. Ogden Library. In the early 1990s, the Village of Walton made available the area above the Walton Theater to store and exhibit the history of Walton. In 2003, the Society purchased The Eells House at 9 Townsend Street, and moved its vast collections there. This house was built in 1856 and was the lifelong home of Kate G. Eells, our Historian for many years.
The mission of the Walton Historical Society is to gather and preserve the history of Walton, including documents and papers, photographs and articles of historical value and of historical interest.
The Walton Historical Society displays artifacts pertaining to Walton's history, to illustrate how people lived, the cultural life as well as the economic and civic life of the community. Our artifacts are representative of how local families lived and worked.
9 Townsend Street, Walton