2010 Wilder Farmstead in Burke/Malone NY

Recreated Wilder Barns

Season: May 29-Sept. 30 Monday – Saturday 11 am to 4 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm
Last tour begins at 3:00 pm each day

July 31 – Hay Days of Summer 10 am to 5 pm
Morgan Horse Presentation by Karen Laselle from the Minor Institute
William T. Anderson signing books
Andrew Perry Cloggers
Carl Stickney Exhibit: Artifacts of Almanzo’s Time
Period Games
Textile crafts demonstration

September 25 – Annual Harvest Festival 10 am to 5 pm
Collectibles and Craft Fair
Period Games
Textile crafts demonstration
Carl Stickney Exhibit: Artifacts of Almanzo’s Time
Pumpkin Painting
Readings from Farmer Boy
Scarecrow building

December 4 Celebrate Christmas with Almanzo 11 am to 3 pm
Readings from Farmer Boy
Christmas cookies
Christmas carols
Children’s activities
Gift Shop for Christmas Shopping

Call 1-866-438-FARM for more information


One of the major agricultural products of Franklin County, New York was hops. Hops are primarily used in the brewing of beer. A couple of years of bad hop crops had depressed the area around Malone/Burke shortly before the James Wilder family left. There isn’t any evidence that James Wilder grew hops himself, but he surely would have known about such a staple to the area. The Franklin County (NY) Historian recently published a blog post on hops, read more about it here:


Franklin Historical Review Vol. 44

Franklin County Courthouse
Franklin County Courthouse

The latest issue of the Franklin Historical Review announces two new spots for local history displays in Malone, NY. First, in honor of the bicentennial of Franklin County there is a new display case in the Main Street lobby of the Franklin County Courthouse. Last year it showed the objects they are putting in a time capsule in honor of the bicentennial, but they intend to use it in the future for a rotating display on Franklin County. This is the courthouse where Dorothy Smith did her research on the Wilder family and the Wilder farm. Second, the Franklin County Historical Society has turned what used to be the old library room in the House of History into a rotating exhibit room. The first exhibit will be on the history of the Franklin Academy where the Wilder children attended.

The “Postcards From the Past” article offers postcards of the Railroad Station and 3 cornered square in Malone and the Flannigan Hotel in Malone while it was being built, which is currently undergoing refurbishment right on the corner of the 3 cornered square. A final article includes a detailed description of the Salmon River Valley in 1858.