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Rile Collection

In the late 1850s and early 1860s, a young New York State resident, Henry Rile, lived in Whitewater and kept a diary of his activities and impressions of the pre-Civil War community.  He was also a talented amateur artist and completed a number of pencil drawings and water color paintings of Whitewater’s buildings.  A descendent of Rile donated the art work to the historical society and later sent along the diary.  In the 1980s, the society published a booklet that reproduced the diary and many of Rile’s drawings and paintings.  This booklet is available for purchase at the Depot Museum.