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History Books
and limited edition
Bicentennial Calendar
Check out my History Books site on the left

200 years of history in a nutshell. From agriculture to industry and businesses to churches, one-room school houses and organizations to maps of where everything is located!

Available at:

Candor Town Hall
Candor Free Library
Candor Market/Main Street Spirits
River Row  Book Store, Owego

or at one of my many signings
by contacting me.
(see Contact Me Page)

 Although Candor was settled in 1794, it wasn’t until February 22, 1811, that the Town of Candor was officially established when the New York State Senate and Assembly acted to “Set Aside” the town by an Act of Law. At that time, it was decreed that the town be known as Candor, and that the first town meeting was to be held at the house of Abel Hart (now the Candor Masonic Lodge). 
The State indicated that it would be “Set Aside” on the first Monday following the February date, which was March 4, 1811.  The First Town Meeting was held on March 5, 1811.  Candor had officially become its own entity.



In 1993, I became the Deputy Historian for the Town and Village of Candor, NY.  In 1995, I assumed the position of Historian, and immediately formed a history group.  After meeting for one year, I formed the
Candor Historical Society. 

During Tioga County 's (NY) Bicentennial, I served on the celebration committee as Secretary, and wrote a chapter on Women of Tioga County (and co-authored another chapter) for the county history book
Seasons of Change.

Check out my History Book site to find my books on Candor 's History, and how to order them.

Want to join the Candor Historical Society?
Click here for an application and more information.

Want the latest Historical Society Newsletter?
Click here to have one mailed to you (be sure to include your address).

I am always open for stories about people living in Candor, as well as interesting facts.
 And of course, pictures!
Send them along -- (Click Here)


Schedule of Events:
Check with the Candor Historical Society Website above.


NOTE: General meetings are held between 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Candor Town Hall unless otherwise noted. There are no meetings held in November or December.

    For more information about membership, the above meetings, or other aspects of the Candor Historical Society, or how to purchased their promotional items  (Click Here).

    For information on Carol's History books on Candor--click on History Books on the left.



Candor is a quaint, historical town. The first people came in 1794, but settlement is recorded as starting in 1796. The townspeople were industrious, religious, and educated people who immediately set up churches, schools, mills, and other industry and businesses as needed.  Farming and timber were major occupations in the early days that kept the mills running.  It was not until 1811 that Candor was redefined and separated from the town of Spencer. And in 1900, the two small villages of Candor Center and Candor Corners became the current village of Candor.

Like all small towns that grow with the changing times, so too did Candor. Still, the community is best known as a bedroom community where most residents find work outside of the town. But Candor maintains many small- to mid-sized enterprises and mid- to large-sized farming and specialty farming operations and businesses today.  Grown in proportion and notoriety are AA Dairy, Iron Kettle Farm, Side Hill Acres Goat Farm, and several other dairy farms and organic vegetable farms.  Many mills have gone by the wayside, but lumbering and feed mills are still a big part of Candor's diversity.

Famous or almost-famous people have left their mark on Candor.  Kinney Street is a reminder that the founder of Kinney Shoes (now Foot Locker) once walked the streets of Candor. Louis "Moondog" Harden call Candor and New York City home, and even Harry Chapin wrote a song about the  Mayor of Candor.  Stories of visits from movie stars like Walter Huston, Politicians like Theodore Roosevelt and Warren G. Harding, and even a ghost or two are topics of conversations. And the book: Small Town in Mass Society: Class, Power and Religion in a Rural Community is all about Candor in the 1950s, and still used the classrooms today.

Steeped in tradition, Candor's Fourth of July celebration goes back to 1889. The annual Candor Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival of Events, Memorial Day Parade, Masonic Father's Day BBQ and Breakfast with Santa, as well as other smaller church and organizational annual events continue to make Candor a great place to stop, visit, or find a place to call home.


Candor Historical Society's new website:

other sites of interest:
Town of Candor
Candor Schools
Candor Chamber of Commerce
Candor Free Library
Candor Volunteer Fire Department
Old Candor Post Cards Site
Tioga County Historical Society Museum
Town Blog with Bob Riggs, Town Supervisor

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