Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Drawings dated 1886 found in wall of 1835 house when torn down.

The main page of Helderberg Hilltowns wiki site has been updated. One of the new articles is on the Jacob Ball House built of brick about 1835 at the same time as St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Berne just down the road from it. When the house was torn down in 1960 for the construction of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, two old drawings from around 1886 were found in the walls. One pictures the small house of the former slave Jack Dietz, and shows Jack and his wife Diana in the front yard. 

The other is a depiction of the Berne and Beaverdam Cemetery. Follow the links on to the pages on the Jacob Ball House, Jack Dietz, and Beaverdam Cemetery for the complete stories.

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