“My interest in local history has blossomed over the years,” Town Historian Maureen Koehl told The Ledger last week at her charming 1809 home in South Salem hamlet. “Part of my job involves teaching and answering inquiries from the public, but I have found out over the years that I have learned as much from people as they have learned from me.”
Ms. Koehl, a retired elementary school teacher, and her husband, Al, have lived in their historic home since 1969.
“Both of us wanted a vintage home and the price was right,” she said. Perched on a small hill above the junction of Spring Street and Boutonville Road, the barn-red home has nine rooms and five original fireplaces. The Koehls raised their four children there and have lovingly restored the structure, dubbed “The Funny Farm,” over the years.
It is both an honor and a privilege for the entire Lake Kitchawan community to have Lewisboro Town Historian, author and journalist Maureen Koehl's works from her years at the Lewisboro Ledger now available for all readers of this website to enjoy.
Many thanks to Ms. Koehl for her generosity and eagerness to provide the Lake Kitchawan Association with her comprehensive authorization to republish, on this website's pages, all of her work from that newspaper during her time there.
Initially, our goal is to reproduce her Lake Kitchawan-related pieces here over the course of the next few months (see those story links, down below, as they're made available on our web pages); then, moving forward, to provide the balance of her Ledger articles on the website.
Ms. Koehl has also granted us, on a case-by-case basis, the right to reproduce portions of her four books here at LakeKitchawan.com. We are selling those books on her behalf over at the Lake Kitchawan Online General Store (see links, down below). Obviously, one of the most tangible ways we could acknowledge our gratitude to Maureen would be to purchase them. So, what are you waiting for? Here's THE LINK to our General Store.
Again, Ms. Koehl, a big "thank you" from the many hundreds of us that call this neighborhood our home. Indeed, our very understanding of the meaning of the word, "home," would be greatly diminished were it not for all of your efforts over the years to fully convey to us a much richer definition of it.
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Maureen Koehl's Books...