A special ice cream social and historic presentation on the early settlement of southern Madison County will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, with a rain date of the same time Thursday. The event will be held at the historic old auction barn, near the post office on Route 26 in the hamlet of Eaton.

The ice cream social will allow people to enjoy an evening of community spirit and fun with an added piece of education. The social will start the evening with a chance to buy tickets on a number of raffle baskets made for the special Eaton Day Memorial Day Monday Pie Sale.

The event will also allow locals and visitors a chance to pre-buy pies for pickup Monday, May 28, and to have the opportunity to hear one of the area’s best known speakers “Back Street Mary,” the former historian of Madison County.

The topic of Back Street Mary Messere’s talk will feature the American Revolutionary War veterans who settled River Road and Randallsville, and Colonel William Smith who purchased this land after serving on the staff of George Washington. This area also covers the first clearing in what would become Madison County, starting in 1788. The Old Town of Eaton Museum is located in the oldest stone building on the road. Messere will also give information on the Battle of Oriskany, the war’s bloodiest battle.

The Friends of the Old Town of Eaton Museum will be holding lectures every few weeks during the summer to celebrate Eaton and the area’s vast history in conjunction with the Old Town of Eaton Museum.

The museum, located just a block away from the auction barn, will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. the first and third Sundays of the month or by appointment.

For more information, leave a message at 315-691-6511 and speak to Barbara the museum’s president or visit the Old Town of Eaton Museum’s Facebook page. Ice cream for the social has been supplied by the local Price Chopper.