About the Sandy Creek History Center and Charlene Cole

Peggy Rice was appointed as Historian in August of 2020. She has continued to expand and add to the History Center. The legacy and it’s wealth of information will continue to expand and be offered to the Community. The foundation of the Center and its beginnings were due to the years of research, organizing, and “safe” keeping processes of its previous Historians and volunteers.


Charlene Cole, Historian from 2001-2019 was very instrumental in the development of the History Center. The Center is open to the public on Fridays 10-2pm. Can’t visit on a Friday? Call the History Center to schedule a visit. 315-387-5456, Ext. 7.


A grant was written to build a fire-safe room, humidity controls, the 1803-2003 Early Settlers Bicentennial, equipment and currently a preservation grant for two 100 year old advertisement panels.

An immaging and scanning project has been implemented and paid for by the town and both villages. This project will span several years and has allowed us to share many photos with researchers and local businesses.

A research room has been created and we are busy indexing and putting research aids onto computers and CD's for the public to quickly access information. The hours for the facitlity are Fridays from 9am to 3pm OR by appointment! I can be reached at 315-387-5456 x 7 and will gladly set up an appointment for researchers to visit the center.

Cemetery work continues as we document abandoned cemeteries and begin the work of documenting Woodlawn Cemetery. There was no record of every veteran buried in Woodlawn and now the project is done.

The Boylston/Sandy Creek/Wesleyan Cemetery book is complete and can be purchased at the town hall. Pictures of all stones have been taken and as with the other cemetery books will include a map. The book is in color and costs $20.

The 150th Anniversary Civil War booklet can be purchased at the town hall for $10. Sandy Creek soldiers, letters from the battlefield, pictures of some soldiers and battles "our" soldiers fought in.

The Farming in the Towns of Sandy Creek and Boylston has been printed and is $20

The third and last historic marker was installed on the location of the Salisbury House. The first marker "The Big Cheese" and the second documented the "Lacona Depot."