Monday, September 14, 2015




Thurman once covered over 800 square miles, which included all of present Warren County except Queensbury and Luzerne. It was the parent town of nine present towns, set up in 1792. However, Thurman was divided, and what was left of the town after Bolton, Chester, Johnsburg, Hague, and Caldwell were set off from it were Warrensburg and Athol. Not even the original name remained at that time. In 1852, Thurman was reborn when the legislature passed an act to erect the towns of Thurman and Stony Creek from the town of Athol. John Thurman, a native of New York City was responsible for much of the settlement of Warren County. He spent the last twenty years of his life in Warren County developing resources, starting industry, and encouraging settlement. In 1809, John Thurman was gored by bull in Bolton and died because of the injuries.

Persis Granger, Lorrain Lambiase, Venita Keller, Pat Garber

 This walk was quite different from our usual walks. We were met by Persis Granger and a couple of other people from the town at this farm to walk the Fall Farm Tour that will take place on September 26 where there will be wagon rides, maple syrup, and many forms of entertainment. The is Nettle Meadow Farm where we visited the animals and later bought goat cheese.

 This the large barn. My friend, Pat, my sister, and Persis are in the picture. It was a very hot day!

The Loft at Nettles Meadow. This is where Persis will be doing a reading shortly and music will be played during the Fall farm tour.

Baptist Church

Crane Mountain
 We walked by this church and thought it was pretty neat looking. I cut off the steeple but it is the Thurman Baptist Church.

These signs say Garnet Lake and Crane Mountain trail. We walked on by sweating in the hot sun. Below was the cutest little church. I snapped this picture of our walking group.

 Here are Gary and Lucyann Martin who own Martin's Lumber, a small certified tree farm practicing silviculture sustainable forestry. These are foreign words to me but suffice it to say that there methods will preserve the forests for future generations. Lucyann gave a us a lift in her small car to the next spot as we decided not to walk as far because of the heat.
 This is the oldest or one of the oldest houses in Thurman. I like looking at these old places and imagining many children running out the door onto the porch and down the hill. It makes me sad yet I am blessed to be able to see this little piece of history.

Another piece of history

 We are now at the Whitefield Family Farm where we observed many turkeys. This place was once the Sun Canyon Dude Ranch built in 1965. Michelle Whitefield, our guide, told us that at one time the ranch had sixty five horses. They sell chicken, turkeys, eggs and vegetables.
The crew getting ready to hike into the woods

We are walking where the old dude ranch existed

 I am standing on in back of the foundation and in the what once was a huge pool on the ranch.

 My sister on safari among the trees next to the foundation. :)

What is left of one of the old cabins where guests stayed on the ranch. They were large and beautiful log buildings with stone foundations.

 This is what is left of the lake at the dude ranch. Michelle said it was much larger at one point in its history.

        After we left Michelle, we went to Irv West's Llama farm where we met Irv and two llamas. He told us how he trained  the llama's and Pat got a kiss from one of them, the llama that is, not Ike.

Pucker up!
Thurman Post Office
Thurman Town Hall

Enjoy wagon rides on the 

fall tour as well as a food and entertainment. Join in the fun on September 26th in Thurman. Thank you Thurman folks for giving us a wonderful walkabout!



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