News in Cortland NY

Photo and Memorabilia Search is On!

Could some of Cortland’s history be hiding in your attic or basement? Cortland County residents are being asked to check their attics and basements for memorabilia, including old photographs, depicting firefighting and/or famous fires that took place in the county over the last 200 years.

If you do come across anything that would be of interest to share, please stop by the Cortland Youth Bureau at 35 Port Watson Street in Cortland. Photos and memorabilia can either be donated or loaned to the Bureau, for an upcoming display on firefighting. The Youth Bureau, the East End Community Center, The Cortland County Historical Society and the Cortland County Bicentennial Committee are co-sponsoring a “History of Firefighting in Cortland County” display that will be open to the public for the months of April and May at the East End Community Center, 46 Elm Street in Cortland.

For more information, call Cortland County Historian, Jeremy Boylan at 607-753- 5360 or e-mail And, mark Sunday, May 18th on your calendar for the program “Two Hundred Years of Firefighting in Cortland County” which will take place at 2:00 pm at the East End Community Center. Come and learn more about the wonderful history of your community.

The Emerald Hose Company: Irish immigrants comprised the membership of this volunteer fire company, formed in 1878. The building housing the fire company, decorated in the appropriate fire fighting symbols, stands at the corner of Central Ave and Church Street. In competitions against other fire companies throughout the Northeast, Emerald Hose members held the world’s record for 13 consecutive years, for speed in laying and attaching hose to a hydrant. Their silver parade carriage (shown here) won many honors for the Emeralds and Cortland village. Photo provided by the Cortland Co. Historical Society.