The Grange

Did you ever wonder when and why the organization for GRANGES was started and what drew so many people to join them?

The Grange was founded as an agricultural organization in 1873, at a time when agriculture was the primary occupation of rural citizens. Agriculture is still important to the Grange and its members know that the economic welfare of rural communities is still strongly influenced by the economic stability of agriculture.

Many people stop at the historical society’s headquarters (the old Plattekill Grange Hall) to reminisce about attending BBQs, dinners, plays, minstrels and dances at the Grange. It was family oriented and a popular gathering place. According to 1930s newspapers, the Plattekill Grange #923 had over 330 members!

There was also an active Junior Grange program that drew those ranging in age from 5 to 17, and many adults still remember the activities held. The Junior members, along with the adults, provided displays yearly at all the local county fairs – a number of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons that were won are now on display at the PHPS headquarters.

The Plattekill Historical Preservation Society has invited and will welcome a speaker from the NYS Grange’s Capital District to give a talk and explore the beginning history of the Grange. The Grange’s original charter and a list of the original members will be on display, along with a number of their artifacts.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served!

For more information, call (845) 883-6118 or visit the Plattekill Historical Society page on Facebook!

at 127 Church Street, Plattekill, NY (just off Route 32)

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