Easton Library

1074 NYS ROUTE 40 GREENWICH, NY 12834-9518 518-692-2253

Of Historic Interest

  • Birthplace of George H. Corliss (1817-1888), prominent engineer and inventor of the Corliss steam engine
  • Birthplace of Grandma Moses, (1860-1961) celebrated primitive artist whose work reflects the life she knew as a frugal farm woman.
  • Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), women’s rights leader, spent formative early years in Easton. At the age of 13 she joined the Easton Society of Friends. At 17 she taught school in Easton for $1.00 a week.
  • Recognizing the need for an institution for learning where advanced subjects could be taught, Easton citizens established Marshall Seminary in 1863. This was destroyed by fire in 1873 and rebuilt in 1874. It later became the Friends’ Seminary and later still Easton Union School. With the exception of temporary closings this was an active school until 1907.
  • 1891 – Easton Political Equality Club formed with the encouragement of Mary S. Anthony, Secretary of the State Woman’s Suffrage Association and sister of Susan B. Anthony. This club was for years the leader of the Suffrage movement in Washington County. The present day Easton Book Club, a hold over from the P.E.C., formed sometime after the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution. The purpose was to continue the social gatherings for well-earned relaxation and enjoyment. This group is responsible for writing Some Chapters in the History of Easton, N.Y. published in 1959 by the Washington County Historical Society. They continue to meet today, each member reviewing a book once during the year.


More detailed information on the above and other topics of local history may be explored at Easton Library.