In 1990, Carol was asked to serve as secretary on the Tioga County, New York State Bicentennial Committee. During this time, she researched and published many newspaper articles on the history of the county. In addition, she wrote the chapter on Women of Tioga County, and co-authored the chapter on the Town of Owego for the history book: Seasons of Change—an Updated History of Tioga County New York by Tioga County Authors. Subsequently, Carol became Deputy Historian for the Town of Candor in 1993. In 1995, she assumed the position of Historian for both the Town and Village of Candor, NY.  She immediately formed a history group, and after meeting for a year, formed the first Historical Society in Candor.  She was also instrumental in organizing Candor’s Village Centennial Celebration in July 2000, and spearheaded the Town of Candor’s Bicentennial Celebrations in 2011.  In both instances, she complied and published many newspaper articles on the history of Candor, as well as two major publications: Village of Candor—Yesterday and Today: A Centennial Celebration Edition; and Town of Candor—Yesterday and Today: A Bicentennial Celebration Edition (see below). In 2008, she worked with Arcadia Publishing to produce a picture/postcard book on Candor as it grew from the 1790s to the 1950s.

 As Historian, Carol continues to write publications for the Candor Historical Society, advocating Candor’s history—past and present.

Carol Henry
 Author of Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures, contemporary Romance, and American Historical Novels.


Town of Candor—Yesterday and Today: A Bicentennial Celebration Edition.  2011.

Small merchants and industries crowded the dirt streets of the growing village and small communities in the Town of Candor. From the early 1790s to 2010, Candor has seen many changes. However, one thing has remained consistent throughout Candor’s history—the resilience of the people. Candor is all about the people. Whether they come together for a school function, sports function, a church function, or one of the many fraternal or social clubs or organizational events, it’s all about people helping people, and people enjoying life. What you will find within these pages is an overview of the people that have found their place in Candor, yesterday and today. With Candor being an agricultural, rural community, it is not surprising to find any number of farms and environmental businesses scattered about the hillsides or deep along the valleys. Finding ones farming roots in Candor can hold some surprising facts from the past. Just who were those early settlers that owned farms that are now owned by people we know today? Even more interesting is finding out what dairy farms have survived, versus those that have reverted to cattle, sheep, goats, horticulture, or even forestry. Stroll down memory lane and find out about all the many one-room schoolhouses, the changes brought on by centralization, the many churches that have come and gone, and the fourteen that are still active! The diversity of the people in the community organizations is even more evident in the religious denominations that abound in Candor. Enjoy the many photographs—from 1889-2010—which the author has taken or compiled to highlight the numerous entries from yesterday and today that tell the tale of the growth of Candor over a 200-year time-span. Published by Carol A. Henry Ink: ISBN 978-0-615-45075-9; available at the Candor Town Hall, Candor Main Street Spirits, Candor Free Library, or by contacting Carol directly.


Village of Candor—Yesterday and Today: A Centennial Celebration Edition. 2000.

The Village of Candor has always been a unique place in which to live. From the early settlers, right up until today’s citizens, the community has always been industrious in its own way. Travel through the village via pictures of the different business districts and discover the lineage of many of the shops along the way. Separated into three different business sections—Upper Dam, Center Candor, and the Lower Dam—you’ll meet a lot of changes and hear about a lot of enterprising people. But there’s more. Churches, Candor High School, Ithaca-Owego Railroad, Fire Department, Candor Free Library, as well as street scenes, and a chapter on clubs, organizations, and activities.  Published by Carol A. Henry Ink, ISBN: 0-615-11821-6; available at the Candor Town Hall, Candor Main Street Spirits, Candor Free Library, or by contacting Carol directly.

​Images of America--Candor. Arcadia Publishing; 2008.  

Settlers made their way to Candor along an old Native American trail between the Susquehanna River in Owego and the mouth of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca in the early 1790s. Sawmills, gristmills, tanneries, farms, and small settlements soon sprang up. In the 1830s, the Ithaca and Owego Railroad, the second railroad chartered and one of the first to carry passengers in New York State, paved the way for progress in this rural community and allowed York Buckwheat Flour to be shipped throughout the state. Wand's glove factory shipped gloves around the world, and Barager's horse blanket factory boomed. The residents were industrious, religious, and valued a good education, building the many one-room schoolhouses that sprinkled the countryside. Candor explores the town's growth between the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century through unique photographs, providing a reminder of the people, places, businesses, and events that help define Candor today.