Library cultivates history

The hay lift was used to pick up loose hay from wagons, DeCerce said.

Displayed in the library's Reading Garden is a horse drawn cultivator used to keep weeds from growing between rows of plants.

"It is a bit of Halfmoon and Clifton Park history," DeCerce said.

Although, there is no semblance of the farm when you drive past the property on Farm-to-Market Road, DeCerce said the equipment left from the old farm is sentimental.

DeCerce said his family did not have a lot of money when he was growing up, but they purchased the farm for $10,500, and he remembers how his mother used to scrap together $51 a month from his father's earnings as a rail worker to pay the mortgage on the farm.

As DeCerce grew, he began to operate the farm with the help of his father. He grew vegetables and eventually raised animals for milking until 1961 when he sold the animals to pay for college.

"I think it is something that people might like to look at," DeCerce said.

The library also displays a sign telling patrons about the first housing developments in the town of Clifton Park.

Robert Van Patten created the first "bedroom" community, known as Clifton and Country Knolls, off the Northway for people working in Albany and other cities.

The first shopping mall in the area was located at Route 146 and Vischer Ferry Road, according to the plaque.""

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