Author Archives: Sterling Historical Society

Sterling Baptist Church

SITE OF First Baptist Church of Sterling. Erected in 1841.  Federated with United Presbyterian in 1931. Churches consolidated in 1962. Sold and Dismantled in 1970. This marker was erected by the … Continue reading

Fair Haven / Little Sodus

LITTLE SODUS Settled prior to 1811. First hotel, Abijah Hunt, 1825. First store, G. Taylor, 1825 New York State lists this marker as having been placed in Fair Haven in … Continue reading

Fair Haven Community Church

PRESBYTERIAN Landmark church of brick. Est. July 18, 1882. Replaced burned structure.  Arthur Clark pastor 1928-31. Untied with Methodist 1928. This marker was erected in 1993 by the Sterling Historical … Continue reading

Fair Haven Methodist Church

SITE OF Methodist Episcopal Church erected in 1882. Local red brick construction. Sold and dismantled in 1934. This church faced Main Street from the northwest corner of Fancher Avenue in Fair Haven.   map … Continue reading

Fair Haven School

UNION SCHOOL Opened September 1899.  Two story brick building. 140 students and 11 teachers.  Addition made in 1939. Merged with Red Creek 1948. This marker is located on Lake Street … Continue reading

North Victory

NORTH VICTORY First settlement by Conrad Phrozine in 1812.  Here is the site of the mill he built.  New York State lists this marker as having been placed at the … Continue reading


MARTVILLE Chauncey Hickock and Timothy Austin settled 1823, built first mills. Robt. Lay  built first store 1825. This marker was erected in 1935 by the New York State Education Department. … Continue reading

The Quest for Eliza’s Diaries

We’ve come across something unique in Fair Haven’s history. Eliza Howell wrote personal diaries from 1871-1878. Continue reading

New Historian’s Office Completed

The official opening of the new north wing of the Town Hall was held on Saturday, May 19, 2012.  The wing includes a new meeting room, storage space for town records and … Continue reading

William Holmes

William Holmes emigrated from England and lived in Sterling.  He served in Company F of the 110th Regiment of the New York Volunteers.  He died on June 30, 1863.  The battle … Continue reading

James H. Bishop

This dog tag belonged to James H. Bishop of Martville.  Who was James H. Bishop and when did he serve?  Who is Miss L. Mathews? If you have any information … Continue reading

William Hewitt

William Hewitt married Emma Peters. They lived in Sterling. born 1826 July 17 in Sterling, New York died 1898 December 23 in Sterling, New York William served during the Civil … Continue reading

200 Years 1812 – 2012

Two Hundred Year Sterling Anniversary A silver anniversary may be 25 years, but this year is a Sterling Anniversary of 200 years.  Sterling’s town goverment was officially established on June … Continue reading

Cottage Farm Recommended for Historic Register

There should soon be a third site within the Town of Sterling listed on New York State’s Register of Historic Places. Stefan House has admired Fair Haven’s historic Cottage Farm house … Continue reading

New Sterling Historian’s Office

Save the date: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 2:00 pm Sterling’s new history room at the Town Hall has been completed and will be dedicated as The Hallie A. DeMass Sweeting … Continue reading

George Edward Ingersoll

The first Sterling man to die in service to his country during the First World War was George Ingersoll.  The George E. Ingersoll American Leagion Hall in Fair Haven is named … Continue reading