How John T. McDonald Electrified His Farm in 1899

Posted by FrankWaterman

Meredith Historical Society will present a program titled, “John T. McDonald and How He Electrified His Farm in 1899,” presented by Frank M. Waterman and Gabrielle Pierce at 2 pm, on Sunday, July 14 at the former Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church located at 10044 Elk Creek Road, in East Meredith, now the home of the historical society.
John T. McDonald operated a 90-cow dairy farm on Elk Creek in the town of Meredith from 1875 to 1924 where he produced high quality butter for private customers in the New York metropolitan area. He was a progressive farmer who gained national recognition through articles written about him and his unique farming and marketing methods in agricultural publications such as American Agriculturist and Hoard’s Dairyman. However, he is most remembered locally for being the first farmer in the area to have electricity. In 1899, he devised a method to generate his own electricity using the water from Elk Creek to power a generator with a water turbine, more than three decades before his farm was electrified by a utility.
This achievement is being commemorated by the installation of a New York State historical marker funded by the Pomeroy Foundation, which will be dedicated during this program.
Waterman is the author of a book titled, “John T. McDonald: Meredith’s Legendary Farmer,” which is a detailed history of the McDonald farm during John T. McDonald’s lifetime. Copies of this book will be available at the program.
The public is cordially invited. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information please call (607) 746-8083.

Event Date
Sunday, July 14, 2024
Event time
2:00 PM
Frank Waterman,
, 6077468083
Museums / Historic