Cobblestone Museum dedicated a Liberty Pole on July 4, 1982

Posted 2 July 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian

CHILDS – It was 32 years ago on July 4, 1982, that this picture was taken for the ribbon-cutting at the Liberty Pole.

The block of stone is inscribed as follows: “To the people of Gaines this Liberty Pole Replica was erected in the Year of the Eagle 1982 by the Cobblestone Society.”

The Liberty Pole is located by Farmers Hall on Route 98 in Childs, just south of Route 104.

Officials from left to right include: Richard Cook, chairman of buildings and grounds for the museum; Arthur “Dick” Eddy, Orleans County legislator; Steve Hawley, state assemblyman; James Hubbell, Gaines town councilman; Roger Rush, Gaines town councilman; Ronald “Butch” Radzinski, Gaines town supervisor; and David Vagg, Gaines town councilman. Sheret Post NO. 35 Color Guard stands in the background.

The Liberty Pole by the Cobblestone Museum is a replica of the poles that were popular during the Revolutionary War. The tall wooden poles were typically put up in town squares. They were painted red on top, a sign of defiance against British rule.