Martinsburg vs. Lowville: A Debate in History


Whether you live in Lowville or Martinsburg, you know there's something to love about the place where you reside.

And that's what town of Martinsburg and village of Lowville board members had fun bragging about at a mock debate held at the old town Hall in Martinsburg Saturday.

Every year the Martinsburg Historical Society holds a skit to teach people about the town's history. This year there was a mock debate to teach people about the move of the Lewis County seat from Martinsburg to Lowville back in the 1800s.

"The community that is the county seat is considered to be the hub of the area," said Terry Thisse, Martinsburg supervisor.

The county seat was moved to Lowville in the 1860s. Before that it was in the old Martinsburg town hall.

"The people in the county considered Lowville to be more of a hub than what the town of Martinsburg is," said Thisse.

At the end of the debate people had a chance to vote . Most people said the seat should be moved to Martinsburg, but some people voted to keep it in Lowville.

Regardless of the vote though, the seat will remain in Lowville, but the history will remain in Martinsburg.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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