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About Us...

A historical society organizing a whiskey run - what's the deal? Well it seems the town of Wilmington has a long history with whiskey, sometimes checkered, sometimes not, but pervasive and significant. You see it was Wilmington which supplied American troops with good rye whiskey as part of their daily rations during the war of 1812. Being a small, quiet Northern village close to the Canadian border, Wilmington became a safe haven for moonshiners, bootleggers and rum runners transporting illicit spirits across the border during Prohibition. Even to this day, Wilmington is home to the oldest whiskey barrel cooperage in the Northeast. With its abundant natural beauty (we're inside the 6 million acre Adirondack Park), athletic bend (the Winter Olympics were held in the region. Twice!), and our somewhat sordid history, it just seemed like a pretty darned good idea to us.

We are a 501 (c)(3), New York chartered Historical Society founded in 2003 with the goal to collect, document, interpret, preserve and celebrate the rich, deep and often colorful history of our community. For more information, go to www.wilmingtonhistoricalsociety.org or contact us at whs12997@hotmail.com.

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