Westville Historical Organization

WHO Books: We offer special publications for those with an interest in Westville, Franklin County, NY. Submit your request (along with your check) to Westville Historical Organization, 19 County Route 20, Constable, NY 12926. Be sure to specify the book title, number of copies, and shipping address. Currently available are:

Earliest Memories Mini Sketches of Westville Through the Ages Cookbook
"Earliest Memories, Westville Center, New York," written by Clara Clark Wright, is full of recollections, insights, and historical accounts of the people, businesses, and events that shaped Westville in its early years. Printed in a larger format, it has 63 pages full of journal entries, photographs and town maps, and is available for $20.50 including tax ($23.50 if mailed). The reprinting of the 1977 book "Mini Sketches of Westville" by the community's former one-room schoolhouse teacher, Ola Stockwell, is packed with accounts of residents, businesses and early Westville happenings. The book is available for $14 including tax ($17 if mailed). The "Through the Ages Cookbook" is packed with more than 260 recipes submitted by local families, area cooks, and contributors from as far away as Indiana. The cookbook is available for $11 including tax, or $14 if mailed.

Vintage Westville/Current Westville:

Photo copyrighted by Richard Avery/Used with permission

The Methodist Episcopal Church that stood at the top of the hill in Westville Center. The church was active from 1868 to 1944. It was torn down in the 1960s by New York State in order to widen the road
Photo copyrighted by Richard Avery/Used with permission

The John W. Rowley butter factory and apartment; sold to Baker Rockwell in 1903, located on the road leading from Fort Covington to Malone.
Flour bag from the Clark grist mill. Descendant Richard Avery found several of these flour bags inside the walls of his house when he remodeled it. The house built by Robert Clark in 1860, Westville Center. It was still standing in 2011, minus the fence, and lived in by the William Armstrong family.
One-room schoolhouse at Westville Center, circa 1890s in District 3. On the steps of the Presbyterian Church in Westville Corners in 1952. It states in Ola Stockwell's "Mini Sketches of Westville" that this is the first Vacation Bible School at the church.
Panoramic view of Westville Center's business district about 1900, with buildings identified, looking northeast from atop Forge Hill. Methodist Episcopal Church is just out of sight on the left. Labels: John Rowley Butter Factory, Trees on Robert Fairchild Farm, George Hale Starch Factory, Clark Grist Mill, Stewart and Orville Rhodes House, The Dam on Salmon River, Dam and Floom going into Butter Factory, and Bridge Crossing Salmon River.
The beautiful Salmon River flows through Westville toward Canada. In this picture, to the left, is the oldest cemetery in town, Riverside Cemetery, on Route 37. This picture was taken from the front yard of the Westville History Center. The beautiful Salmon River as it meanders through Westville, flowing north, touching farm fields as it goes.
Riverside Cemetery, Westville's oldest, is the resting place of many first settlers. The cemetery is on Route 37, overlooking the Salmon River.
This World War II memorial stone is in Westville Corners Park, near the former Presbyterian Church. The back of the memorial lists all the residents from Westville who served in the conflict, including the only woman, Miss Jean Rogers.