Wilmington Historical Society Purchases History Center Site

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ruth and thomas keeganThe Wilmington Historical Society in Essex County, NY, has announced the purchase of a 1.91 acre parcel of land on Route 86 in Wilmington as part of a plan to construct a new home for the Society.

The land purchase was made possible through a donation by Colonel Dennis Keegan, a retired U.S. Air Force officer and former U.S. Olympic Committee executive. Keegan’s parents, Ruth and Thomas Keegan were the builders, owners and operators of the largest motel in Wilmington, Keegan’s White Brook, and the Swissaire Motelodge in Upper Jay. The White Brook also had a restaurant and bar.

The Wilmington Historical Society is planning fundraising efforts for the construction of a new building and provide funding for future maintenance and operations. all contributions are tax deductible and may be made directly to the Wilmington Historical Society.

Established in 2003, the Society is dedicated to preserving the town’s history. For more information about the Wilmington Historical Society, call (518) 524-1023 or email whs12997@hotmail.com.

Photo of Ruth and Thomas Keegan provided.

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