Town of New Berlin, NY

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Old Bank Building, New Berlin

Chase Memorial Hospital, New Berlin

New Berlin Central School

New Berlin Silk Mill

South New Berlin School House

Preferred Manor, New Berlin

South New Berlin Depot

April 3rd 2007 marked the Bicentennial of The Town of New Berlin and a yearlong chain of events to celebrate a town history that we all share has recently concluded with the placement of a time capsule in the town building located at 30 North Main Street.
Thank you to the bicentennial committee and all the volunteers that made each event throughout the year a tremendous success!
With the new year comes the transformation of this web site for use by the Town of New Berlin to post important information. Please check back often as updates will be frequent.

History of New Berlin, New York
GAZETTEER and BUSINESS DIRECTORY
OF CHENANGO COUNTY, N. Y. FOR 1869-70.
COMPILED and PUBLISHED BY HAMILTON CHILD, SYRACUSE, NY 1869

NEW BERLIN was formed from Norwich, April 3, 1807. Its name was changed to "Lancaster, " May 9, 1821, and the original name restored March 22, 1822. A part of the town was annexed to Sherburne in 1853. It lies upon the east border of the County, north of the center. The surface is a rolling and hilly upland, the ridges extending north and south. Unadilla River forms the east boundary, and Great Brook, its principal tributary, flows south through the center. Matthewson Pond, situated near the center of the west border, is about one mile in length and three fourths of a mile in breadth, in its widest part, and about forty feet deep. The original outlet was changed many years ago by cutting a ditch through a stone embankment and making use of the water for propelling mills. The scenery in this vicinity is very fine, and being only about six miles from the County Seat, the citizens of Norwich as well as those of New Berlin resort thither for picnics and recreation during the hot season. Near the Matthewson Pond is an intermittent spring, which appears somewhat remarkable.Picture It is said that a short time before a rain, however low the streams in the vicinity may be, this spring, situated in a hill, pours forth a rapid stream which continues until the storm rages, when it recedes to its usual dimensions. On the farm of Mr. Scribner, situated nearly opposite the Indian Fields of Otsego County, gun barrels have been plowed up, also stone tomahawks, arrow points, and human skeletons. It is the opinion of the old settlers that these fields were the theater of severe battles fought between different tribes of savages.The soil of the town is a shaly loam, sometimes intermixed with clay.
New Berlin, (p. v.) situated upon the Unadilla River, in the north-east part of the town, was incorporated April 17, 1816, and contains four churches, an academy, a newspaper office, a paper mill, a tannery, a brewery, an iron foundry, several stores and mechanic shops and about 900 inhabitants.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church was organized by Rev. Daniel Nash, the first pastor, April 14th, 1814. The first house of worship was consecrated September 6th, 1816, by Bishop Hobart. The old church was torn down in 1847, and the next year a commodious stone edifice was erected in the Gothic style of architecture, and consecrated by Rev. Andrew Hull.
The Presbyterian Church was organized in August, 1839, by Rev. Julius S. Pattengill, the first pastor.
The Baptist Church was organized August 6th, 1831, with fifteen members, seven males and eight females. The first house of worship was, erected in 1840 and dedicated in October of the same year.
The M. E. Church was organized about 1841, chiefly through the efforts of Rev. Francis D. Higgins.
The New Berlin Academy was organized in February 1843, and was opened in the spring of 1844, under the principalship of Alonzo Phelps. The whole number of pupils during the first year was 133. Under the management of the present Principal, James M.Picture Sprague, the school is in a prosperous condition.
South New Berlin, (p. v.) situated on Unadilla River, eight miles below New Berlin, contains two churches, viz., Methodist and Baptist; four dry goods stores, two grocery and provision stores, one hat, cap, boot, shoe and fur store, several mechanic shops and about 250 inhabitants.
The Baptist Church of this place was organized at White's Store, in Norwich, about 1804, with Elder Hosmer as pastor. It was removed to this place in 1817, and was under the pastoral charge of Elder Windsor for nine years. The first church edifice was erected during his ministry. In 1826 Elder Chamberlain accepted a call from this Church and served as its pastor for twenty-three consecutive years. After an absence of fifteen years he accepted another call from this Church and is now serving them acceptably for the twenty-eight year. The present church edifice is a fine brick structure erected in 1857.
Holmesville is situated in the southeast corner of the town, on Unadilla River, and contains a F. W.Picture Baptist church, a sawmill, a gristmill, a tannery and about twenty-five houses.
In the northeast corner of the town, about one and a half miles from New Berlin village, there is a cheese box factory and a turning and planing mill.

New Berlin Center is a post office on the Unadilla River, near the center of the east border of the town. Near this place is a gristmill, a cheese box factory and a turning and planing mill.

The first settler in this town was Daniel Scribner, from Ballston, Saratoga County, in 1790. He intended at first to settle in Morris, Otsego County, but learning that there were Indian improvements on the Unadilla that could be purchased, he set out for that place, traveling through the woods until he arrived at a small clearing on the west bank of the Unadilla River, where he located. Here he found apple trees growing from seeds planted by the Indians. Having decided upon his location he returned to the head of Otsego Lake for his family, which by previous arrangement had been brought to that place. Taking them in a canoe, he proceeded down the Susquehanna and up the Unadilla to his future home. During the first year of his residence in this place he was obliged to go to Chenango Forks for grain for subsistence. This journey was performed in a canoe, down the Unadilla and Susquehanna to Binghamton, then up the. Chenango to the Forks. Having purchased his grain, he was compelled to return by the same route, extending his journey up the Susquehanna to Wattles Ferry, where was the nearest grist mill, thence down to the mouth of the Unadilla, and up that stream to the place from which he started. The whole trip occupied eighteen days and the distance traveled amounted to nearly two hundred miles. So great was the labor of going to mill, and so scarce was grain, that in the fall they were sometimes compelled to husk their driest corn and pound it in a stump, hollowed out for the purpose, a stone attached to a sapling bent over being used for a pestle. The finest meal made in this way was used for "Johnny Cake" and the coarsest for "Samp." These incidents serve to show a few of the difficulties and inconveniences with which the early settlers had to contend.

Source: www.townofnewberlin.org


 

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