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Our summer festival will be Saturday, August 26th! We will have our Loomis Gang Country Tours at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 pm. The cost is $20.00 per person paid in advance. Tours last approximately 1 ½ hours.

Update: A 10:00 am and 2:00 pm tour have been added – call 315-202-4102 now we’re almost sold out!



Reserve your chicken BBQ today for only $15.00Includes sides by Michael’s Catering: Crispy Fried Salt Potatoes, Bourbon BBQ Baked Beans, Greens and Water! 

Hotdog meals will also be available for $8.00Includes Chips, Cookie and Water!

Got a sweet tooth? We’re having a bake sale too! Drinks and snacks will be available too.

Call 315-202-4102 or email to pre-order your chicken bbq before they sell out!



Our museum and gift shop will be open all day. Be sure to look over all our exhibits and enjoy the air conditioning. Loomis Gang books, t-shirts and more souvenirs are available.

We truly appreciate your support!



2022 Programs

Monday, June 27, 6 – 7:30 pm
Leaves from Waterville Historical Society at 6 pm
Featuring East Main and Putnam Streets
Tour Guide: Franklin Berry, Landmarks Society of Greater Utica

Saturday, July 16, 2 pm
Talk by automotive historian Robert Taylor on the innovative automobile designed and built by Frank Snell of Waterville in 1900, now in a museum in Florida.

Tuesday, August 16, 7 pm
Talk by Attorney William Getman on documents passed down by the original patentees of the Town of Sangerfield, the 1944 treatise on the subject by Waterville attorney Willis Weller, Esq., and the colorful lives of Attorney Weller and his artist wife, Helen Shaw Weller.

2021 Programs

Sesquicentennial Mural by Russell Mason, East Main Street, Waterville

Waterville Sesquicentennial

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of our incorporation as a village, with the Village of Waterville and Waterville First.

Friday, June 25, 2021, 5-7 pm – Grand Reopening and Wine Tasting with Brian Gibbons, Doug Plourde and the Waterville Wine-making Club
Saturday, August 14, 2021, 1 pm – Tour of Sanger Lodge Masonic Temple with Bill Getman and Don Brown
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 11-3 – Cruisin’ Into Waterville
Exhibits Open:
“Art by Philippa S. Brown” honors Waterville’s beloved late artist, historian, and blogger with works lent by her daughter, Allison Brown Methe
“Celebrating the Centennial” looks back on the 1971 Centennial of Waterville’s incorporation as a Village from the vantage point of the 150th
Also see our Sesquicentennial Exhibit at the Waterville Village Hall, featuring original documents from the 1871 incorporation, and our displays in the former McLaughlin’s and Bissell’s Store windows on West Main Street.
Saturday, October 16, 2021 – Alvinza and George Andrews, Waterville Organbuilders: Progam and Concert by Organist Alexander Meszler. Program at the Historical Society at 2:30 pm; Concert at St. Bernard’s Church at 4 pm, followed by St. Bernard’s Oktoberfest from 5 to 8 pm.
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 2 pm  – Fashioning Art from Paper


Waterville Historical Society is open by appointment from January through March. Please contact: to make an appointment or request information. During this time we’ll be completing many building projects getting ready for our spring opening.



Our latest Victorian Tea was held in 2019. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped present it!

Call 315-202-4102 or email to join the contact list for future events.

Hop Dig, 2019

OCTOBER 12, 2019


An annual hop harvest festival at

Michael’s 411 Tower Event Center

Local brews to taste and much more!

Music by Mark Barnes & Friends

Talk & Book Signing by Daniel Shumway on Mohawk Valley Brewing


Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres 

Crispy, Cornmeal Crusted Catfish Fingers with Dijon Tartar Sauce

Beer Battered Jumbo Onion Rings with Lemon-Thyme Aioli

Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips

Greens Michael

Sweet & Spicy Trail Mix 


Crispy, Potato Wedges with Cajun Ranch Dressing

Rustic Meatballs

House Fried Corn Chips with Chipotle Salsa

Cheddar, Jalapeno & Pale Ale Cornbread

Braised Beef Brisket with Creamy Horseradish and Demi Glace


Assorted Dessert Bars

Growler Beers & Cash Bar



Sunday, April 22, 2 pm – Wade Lallier, President of the Clinton Historical Society, discussed his new book on the Chenango Canal.

Wednesday, May 23, 7 pm – Janet Dangler of the Town of Marshall Historical Society presented the fascinating history of our neighbors, the Brothertown Indians, followed by our Annual Meeting.

Wednesday, June 6, 7 pm – Historian Gary Ford presented “Day of Days.” This program on the D-Day invasion covered both the military’s organizational miracle that made the success of the invasion possible, and some stories of those who went ashore that morning, including John Barnes, a local man who was in the second wave at Omaha Beach.

Saturday, August 18, 9 am – 3 pmAnnual Loomis Gang Country Tours, Summer Festival and Chicken Barbecue.

Saturday, September, 15, 8:30 am – 3 pm – Our refreshment stand at the Cruisin’ Into Waterville Basketball Tournament benefited the Society.

Saturday, October 13, 5-9 pmThird Annual Hop Dig at Michael’s Four Eleven Tower, featuring Michael’s famous beer-themed menu, tastings of local brews, music, hop displays, and more.

Friday, November 23, 6-8 pm – Following the Parade of Lights, we held a Holiday Open House and Arts Festival featuring work by local artists.

Saturday, December 1, 2-4 pm – Ladies of all ages attended our 16th Annual Victorian Tea.


Five Sundays in March, 4 pm – Classic Film Festival at Hamilton Movie Theater, featuring films shown at the Strand Movie Theater, Waterville in 1935. March 3 – Goin’ to Town, with Mae West; March 10 – Roberta, with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Irene Dunne; March 17 – Go Into Your Dance, with Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler; March 24 – Private Worlds, with Claudette Colbert and Charles Boyer; March 31 – The Glass Key, with Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, 1942 remake of 1935 film with George Raft.

Wednesday, March 27, 7-9 pm – Going to the Pictures: Moviegoing in Central New York, with Mary Simonson, Chair, Film & Media Studies Program, Colgate University. Program on the history of local movie theaters highlighted the Strand Movie Theater at the Waterville Opera House and the Hamilton Movie Theater.

Wednesday, April 17, 7-9 pm – The Stafford House and Family. Mark Barnes, owner of the Aaron Stafford house, discussed the restoration of the house and his research on the Stafford family.

Sunday, May 5, 1 pm – Locust Lodge, a 1790s Brookfield Landmark, with Brookfield Town Historian Elizabeth Stalter; Annual Meeting and Election of Officers; Reception for retiring President Joseph W. Falk.

Wednesday, June 19, 7-9 pm – Madison Lake and Lake Moraine, with Jim Ford, author of a new book on the history of these scenic lakes and the recreational and tourist attractions that grew up around them.

Sunday, July 21, 1 pm – New Light on the Loomis Gang, with science teacher and researcher Deahnara Reagan, who is working on a book on the Loomis Gang based on her new research.

Saturday, August 17, 9 am – 4 pm – Summer Festival and Loomis Gang Country Tours. Open House, Chicken Barbecue, Bake Sale, and guided bus tours of sites related to the history of the notorious Loomis Gang.

Saturday, September 21, 10 am  – 3 pm – Cruisin’ Into Waterville. An Open House, sidewalk sale, refreshments, and a self-guided walking tour celebrated this annual Village-wide event.

Saturday, October 12, 5:30-9 pm – 4th Annual Hop Dig at Michael’s 411 Tower. Michael’s beer-themed grazing menu, tasting of regional craft brews, music by Mark Barnes & Friends, talk on the history of Waterville breweries by Daniel Shumway, author of Mohawk Valley Breweries.

Wednesday, November 6, 7-9 pm – The Underground Railroad, with Dr. Norman K. Dann, founding Board member of the National Abolition Hall of Fame, Peterboro, New York, author and authority on Peterboro abolitionist Gerrit Smith.

Friday, November 29, 6-8 pm – Parade of Lights Open House and exhibit opening, Historic and Scenic Landscape Photography of Central New York, featuring work by Bob Agedal, Constance Bocko, Pamela Brown, Jan Coffin, Sue Fryc, Jody Hildreth, Virginia Keith, and Zach Lewis.

Saturday, December 7, 1-3 pm – 17th Annual Victorian Tea. British-style Full Tea with Earl Grey tea and hot chocolate, finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and cookies made from recipes in the Society’s two community cookbooks, prepared and served by our Victorian Tea Committee. Music by The Blue Parsley Boys; craft demonstration, “The Floating Teacup,” by WHS Secretary Laurie Fuess.


Saturday, July 25, 2020, 2 pmA Nest of Rascally Rebels: Scots-Irish Revolutionaries of Currybush, by Terry McMaster, independent researcher studying ethnic settlement patterns, family connections and military engagement in the Mohawk and Upper Susquehanna Valleys prior to and during the American Revolution. Hosted by the Village of Waterville at the Village Hall.

November 28 – December 12, 2020, Wednesdays 12-6 and Saturdays 12-3 pm – Holiday Hop Craft Show, a multi-site show and sale featuring hand-made items by Brookfield Artisans and Waterville artists and crafters.