Danby Community Church is now 200 years old


The town of Danby was in Tioga County until 1822 when it was transferred to Tompkins County.

The Ithaca-Owego Highway was a toll road completed in 1811, and it created an important transportation link between Lake Cayuga and the Susquehanna River, opening the region to trade. It became a national road in 1841, today called Danby Road or Route 96B.

Along this road stands the magnificent Danby Community Church at 1859 Danby Road, now 200 years old, making it the oldest church still in use in County Tompkins. The first real church was started in 1817 and completed on May 1, 1820.

The first pastor was the Reverend Samuel Parker, ordained in 1813. Since May 10, 2009, Ed Enstine has served as a pastor and leads his congregation with grace, humor and wisdom.

The Danby Community Church building is now 200 years old.

Pastor Ed says, “I really enjoy meeting new people and seeing their amazement as they find out about everything our church does throughout the year. It is an honor and a privilege to serve. “

In the works, plans for a gospel concert, birthday cake, social ice cream and more, once it is safe to reunite. Anyone interested in being a part of this planning, please contact Janet Gray at 273-3251.

New rental

Congratulations to Megan Barber, the new Executive Director of the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) of Ithaca.

Megan, taking advantage of her new position since early February, grew up in Caroline, moved to Massachusetts and lived there for 25 years, and decided to go back to her roots to raise her 7 year old son, Jesse, with her husband. , Jonathan. Bates. They are now happily enjoying the farm life in Brooktondale.

The interior of Danby Community Church.  The building is now 200 years old.

Megan says she “gathers information and learns all about CAP” since her appointment. Little world that he is, while chatting with Megan, I discovered that Joan Barber from Danby is his great aunt and Priscilla Barber, formerly from Danby, is his grandmother!

Good actions

  • This year, due to the COVID-19 virus, the Elks National Foundation recommended that the Ithaca Elks use its $ 2,500 gratitude grant for local pantries. $ 500 each will go to the Ithaca Kitchen Cabinet, Lansing Pantry, Newfield Pantry, Groton Pantry, and Enfield Pantry.
  • Pastor Mike Kelly of Newfield United Methodist Church wrote to tell me that his wife, Pam, and mother, Alice Donahue, made 425 masks, with the first batch released three years ago. at four weeks. The masks were shipped all the way to Georgia and delivered to residents of Newfield, Corning, Schuyler Hospital, Cayuga Medical Center and everyone in the Newfield Garden apartments.
  • In Candor, New York, this will be the fourth year of “Operation Extend the Joy”. With the help of volunteers, daffodils are distributed in pens, hospitals, retirement homes, retirement homes, etc. It started early this year due to the viral situation. If you know of anyone or a location that could benefit from receiving flowers and enable delivery, please go to Daffodil Daze Candor, New York’s Facebook page to leave a message, where you can also read about the family who got it all. begin. History will make you smile, which is what we all need right now.

Good news

My friend, local real estate agent Carol Bushberg, salutes those she considers to be heroes of the real estate industry: fellow real estate agents, lawyers and paralegals, lenders, inspectors, appraisers, securities firms, surveyors, property analysis labs. water and septic pumps.

Carol says, “They are all creating ways to make it easier to sell properties in the Ithaca area in a safe manner, so closings take place, buyers move into their new homes, and home sellers move forward with their homes. plans. “

Bakery update

I sat down and chatted with Lindsey Brous Gitlin and Gregor Brous before quarantine, wanting to check out plans for the new Collegetown Bagels, entering the Sheldon Court building at 420 College Ave.

The new location will be extra-large but will retain a familiar design inside, including its iconic chalkboard menu.

There will be plenty of picnic tables outside. The plan called for an opening on June 1, but due to the current situation, the opening will be delayed. The building where Collegetown Bagels is currently located will be demolished (and will also include, unfortunately, the loss of Ruloff). The parents of the Brous, Anne and Ira Brous, live in Danby.

Fried fish

Sponsored by the Newfield Lions / Lioness groups, there will be a Doug’s fish-fry-to-go from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 14 at Eddydale Farm Stand, 827 Elmira Road.

Call ahead to order at 607-753-9184, ext. 2, until 4 p.m.


The 28th Annual Plant Exchange is tentatively scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. on May 17 at the Danby Fire Station Pavilion on Danby Road.

Check the status of the event by contacting Dan Klein at 272-7582 the week before it is scheduled.

Fresh from the farm

Erica Frenay, of Shelterbelt Farm in Brooktondale, decided to open her family’s self-service farm store a few weeks earlier this year. They offer beef, lamb and farm fresh eggs.

The store is at 200 Creamery Road. Call 342-3771 for more information.

Get well soon

I send a wish for good recovery to my friend, Edie Spaulding, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in late April.


If you can, give your mom a big hug, and if you’re not yet able to, save them for later.

My mom is forever hidden in a corner of my heart and my stepmom will be 95 this month. Happy Mother’s Day on May 10th.

Happy May wishes a new world.

Southern Tompkins Town Talk appears every other Thursday in the Ithaca Journal. Please contact Gay Huddle at 273-6530 or [email protected] with stories from the neighborhoods of Danby, West Danby, Newfield, South Hill and Brooktondale.


Norma P. Rex