When I first moved to Fish House, along the shores of the Sacandaga Lake, I had no idea how immersed I would become in the history of this place. Eventually I became the Deputy Historian of Northampton, concentrating on the history of the village of Fish House. Most of the time I am concentrating on documents and old photos and old deeds, but when the waters of the lake are low during the fall months, I venture out in my kayak. looking for treasures. Broken pottery, old hinges, pieces of clay pipes, horse shoes, might not seem like treasures to most, but to me, it brings home just how much this valley has changed since 1930 and how many lives were altered. I am a relative newcomer to this place. I have met people who, years and years ago, found items buried in the mud when the lake is low. Each item tells a story. There are so many stories this lake can tell. I am starting a new page in this website (Remnants of the Valley) that will have photos of the treasures I have come across. Some I have found myself, others were found years ago. If only objects could talk!
In 2009, I prepared the first Historical Tour of Fish House. As a result of my work and interest, the Historian of Northampton made me Deputy Historian, concentrating on Fish House which is part of Northampton.