GLENS FALLS — The economy of the Glens Falls region is deeply rooted in its natural resources and the hard work of early settlers. The Chapman Museum casts a light on the generations that built the region in “Groundwork, Labor in a Burgeoning Community,” which recently opened.
The exhibition, which will be unveiled in the Museum’s newly renovated Carriage House Gallery, runs through Jan. 15, 2023.
“Early settlers were eager to capitalize on the power generated by the mighty Hudson River and the region’s substantial assets,” said Nicole Herwig, director of The Chapman, in a statement. “This area became one of the wealthiest in the state, but what went unseen were the lives of the hard-working people whose labor generated those riches.”
Early Glens Falls icon Abraham Wing settled a homestead on the Hudson River in 1762, the first in a long history of entrepreneurs to break ground in area industry. Wing built the first of many sawmills to emerge from Glens Falls and north into the Adirondacks. Forty-foot falls on the Hudson River allowed laborers to move logs downstream from the Adirondacks to Glens Falls. The region’s fertile farmland, mineral deposits and waterways rounded out opportunities for settlers.
For more information about The Chapman Museum, and a full calendar of upcoming events and exhibitions, visit: www.ChapmanMuseum.org.