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Welcome to 

Hiking the trail to yesterday

This is a collection of two of my lifelong

interests, hiking and local history

 (and some photography to boot).

I live in the northern New York town of Edwards. This has been my home since 1972. Like many small rural communities, this area has seen many changes. Edwards was settled in the early 1800’s on the banks of the Oswegatchie river. The Russell turnpike ran through the soon to be town, this was a military road connecting Sackets Harbor and Plattsburg. The town is situated between the St. Lawrence river and the Adirondacks.

Many of my hikes are to places of local historical significance, and my goal is to share with you some of places and times, and to help preserve a record for future generations. Researching history can be a little bit of a chore, so I hope to do the best that I can with this.  It is not a “set in stone” scientific documentation though.  Much is gathered from oral history and local lore. Information gathered from the web can be inaccurate. The dates may not be perfect. The location may be off, give or take a foot, yard or mile. The spirit of it is in the context though, and I hope you enjoy my work. I will make every effort to be as accurate as I can . Please hike some of these trails yourself, or just enjoy them from home.


This is not a commercial endeavor. I don’t make a dime from this, nor will I ever ask for your financial support.  What I would ask, is that if you enjoy it, please share it with a friend that might enjoy it as well.  Maybe even leave me a comment, so I know you liked it.  So please- enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

The author, William Hill along the trail to Wolf Lake