The Black Rock Historical Society has just released a new calendar for 2013, and it’s available at select businesses in the neighborhood. I picked up one of the calendars at Joe’s Service Station at the corner of Elmwood and Amherst Street. The calendars run $10 and proceeds benefit the Black Rock Historical Society.
Inside the calendar there is plenty of information regarding the history of Black Rock, with beautiful illustrations from artist J. Tim Raymond. Tim’s task was to create pen and pencil drawings of significant landmarks in Black Rock, as designated by the Black Rock Heritage Trail Brochure. Along with these images, Black Rocker Robert Niemiec (Buffalo Aqua Club) submitted a series of his archeological finds that he has come across while diving in nearby waters, including a flintlock musket from the War of 1812, a Civil War belt buckle, and a lumber pike circa late 1880s. At the same time, community activist and preservationist Scott Glascow, who rescued the Jacob Smith House and Tavern from demolition (and has since renovated it) has provided a number of relics that he discovered during the renovation process, including a pre-civil war shoe and a piece of chert from the original outcropping near the Peace Bridge (how Black Rock got its name).
All of these illustrations and artifacts can be found inside the pages of this calendar. Look for the calendar in select businesses in Black Rock. The proceeds from the sales go toward the Black Rock Historical Society.