VIENNA — Nancy Fusco will sign copies of her book, "The People of the Town of Vienna, Their History," Saturday, Jan. 28. She will give a brief summary of the book at 11 a.m., then the signing will be held until 2 p.m. during bake and craft sales to benefit the Historical Association of Vienna at the United Methodist Church, 2410 State Route 49, east of the "Y" hill.
Those unable to attend that day can call her at 245-0679 before the initial printing of 600 is gone.
She spent some 4½ years of research for the book which includes information on how each hamlet was settled and by whom.
The author grew up in North Bay on the northeast corner of Oneida Lake. After much research, she found that North Bay was the most populated with affluent residents and businesses of all kinds from cheese factories, two blacksmiths, five general family stores, two doctors and much more. This all took place after 1832 when H.J. Myer first settled in North Bay, built a hotel, a rooming house, a Baptist church and many homes.
His and North Bay’s major industry was building canal boats. Brewerton and North Bay built the industrial type canal boats while others in the area built the family house canal boats used to transport merchandise from Buffalo to Albany.
She explains the settling of Vienna, McConnellsville, Sylvan Beach, and Jewel plus settlements that no longer exist.
She explains that the book of nearly 400 pages (384 plus unnumbered pages such as the forward) is full of "stories of the people who struggled to take possession of the land for their homes and businesses" with pictures to back up the story.
There are 48 family farms, a first person account of the Stone Barn and a chapter on the Bicentennial Celebration in the town in 2007.
The Vienna Methodist Church has "plenty of parking" and is handicap accessible. Refreshments will served.
"The people of the Town of Vienna, Their History," by Nancy Fusco, softcover, $25 and postage, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, more than 384 pages, includes photos. Published by Nancy Fusco, 7943 Saltzman Road, Blossvale, NY 13308.