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Alfred and Alfred Station reveals the heritage of a southwestern New York State community nestled in the hills of Allegany County. With more than 200 pictures, the story honors the early pioneers who in 1807 permanently settled on forested land once inhabited by the Seneca Nation.
It focuses on not only education -- always highly valued, as evidenced in the three institutions of higher learning here -- but also on the people, businesses, farms, and civic organizations that have enriched the town for 200 years.
As most of the early settlers were Seventh Day Baptists, they brought their ideals and common religious practices to Alfred, ideals that strongly influenced the development of the town for over 150 years. One theory as to how Alfred got its name is that since the Seventh Day Baptists valued education so highly, they named the town after English king Alfred the Great, as he is also known as the "Education King."
Using images from private collections and local historical repositories, Local resident Laurie Lounsberry McFadden has created Alfred and Alfred Station to help commemorate the town of Alfred's bicentennial.
<--- (The Winter Carnival, celebrated jointly for many years by Alfred University and Alfred State College, often had amazing snow sculptures created by the students. This one was created in February 1958 by the brothers of Gamma Theta Gamma fraternity, then located at the Victorian House on the Alfred State College campus. Photo by David Rossington.)
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