November Book Sale

The following books are on sale for the month of November. The cost includes Shipping, handling, and tax.


The Mill on Halfway Brook
Was: $27.95 NOW: $24.00

Echo Hill and Mountain Grove
Was: $39.95 NOW: $32.00

Farewell to Eldred
Was: $42.95 NOW: $35.00

Abby, Laurilla, and Mary Ann
Currently: $75/$65 NOW: $60.00

To Purchase Books
Send me an email: I will email you the address to send a check.

Allow at least 3 to 4 weeks from the time you send a check until the books arrive. November 25th is the last date I am guaranteed for your book to arrive before Christmas.


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Abby, Laurilla, and Mary Ann Awarded First Prize


I am excited to announce that Abby, Laurilla, and Mary Ann: The Heritage and Legacy of the Daughters of Two Hannah Hickoks, 1635-1906, was awarded First Prize (Genealogy/Family History) in the 2022 Literary Awards Contest of The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc.

Much of the story of Halfway Brook Village (now Eldred), Lumberland (now Town of Highland), New York, is incorporated in Abby, Laurilla, and Mary Ann. New readers will be introduced to, “The beautiful little hamlet of Eldred” with its “magnificent scenery of valleys, hills, mountains, streams, forests and lakes…”—A Century of Church Life, The Tri-States Union, August 17, 1899.

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Oakdene and Twin Oak Cottage

William and Phoebe Middaugh Owen’s four-story Oakdene was first advertised around 1900. Oakdene was not on Washington Lake, but located southeast of the intersection of Airport Road and Washington Lake Road. Oakdene, run by Phoebe Owen for many years, is thought to have burned down sometime in the mid-1930s.

Oakdene. Photo courtesy of P.F.D.
Oakdene. Photo courtesy of P.F.D.
W. Owens Oakdene near Washington Beach.
W. Owens Oakdene near Washington Beach.

Twin Oak Cottage
• Twin Oak Cottage, Flieger, Washington Lake. Near churches. Boating, bathing, fishing, handball. Running water every room. $15 to 20. (Charles Flieger built Twin Oaks Cottage.—1934 to 1936 Ads.
• Twin Oaks, Flieger On Washington Lake. Modern House. Private beach, boating, bathing, churches, casinos. Barryville 2745.—1946 Ad.

Twin Oak Cottage on Washington Lake.
Twin Oak Cottage on Washington Lake.


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