So today I started the Eaton Churches corner and realized what an unbelievable history old Eaton has. Most people do not realize that two of the original incorporators of the Eaton Congregational Church were also 2 of the 5 original incorporators of the Baptist Theological Seminary that became Madison University and then Colgate. As a matter of fact the Eaton Baptist Minister at that time became the first President of Madison University!
Not impressive enough..well the first graduate of the school was Missionary Jonathan Wade of Eaton, Eaton also was the home of Andrew Bigelow Morse an American youth missionary to Burma, also it is cool that the Rev. William Dean - missionary to China, is currently being recognized for his missionary work there. Eaton's Emily Chubbuck "Fanny Forester"married America's famous missionary Adoniram Judson and returned to Burma with him as a missionary!
In its "hay-day" Eaton had 3 churches with a population of about 450. These churches remained in the community even though they became "Federated"as church going declined....
Eventually, the 2nd Baptist Church was sold and torn down by Arthur Yale, a postman. Industrious to the cored he used the building to build three cottages on the Bradley Brook....I have a copy of one of the cottages using the wood, roofing, and pews from the church in the museum.
The Methodist Church is gone..tho many thought it to be the prettiest..and the the only building standing is the Congregational ...now the Eaton Community Bible Church..and what a history that has.
It was from that church in 1848 the Congregational Society of the Northeast met and declared their abolition stanza. It's famous members included all of the the Wood, Taber and Morse Company, as well as the Landon Family whose son Melville made it famous in his book "Saratoga in 1901", and also included in its many pastors was Rev. William Cleveland.. the President's brother.
Today with in the structure is a rare Meneely clock built by Andrew himself and a world class Meneley Bell...something the Meneely Company keeps check on....so do I!
So if you get a chance visit me when we get the museum finished....and view an interesting piece of not only Eaton's history but the history of Madison County. For more history and videos go to www.historystarproductions.com.
Take a tour.....