Local history is frustrating because of the lack of written records from our earliest settlers. The first Euro-American to write about entering Chenango County was Richard Smith in 1769. He described his passage down the Susquehanna River through what are now the towns of Bainbridge and Afton. I suspect that some Euro-Americans arrived here even earlier. Our first “History of Chenango County,” by Hiram Clark, was published in 1850, two generations after the establishment of the county in 1798. He no doubt missed a lot.