Helping Rescue A Horse

An Old British Coins Story

The last harvest

Bits of Paper from Old Palatine

The Rest Of The Story

Where Do Good Dogs Go

The Broad Axe's Story

The Light in the Window

Mr. Barshied was an accomplished historical preservationist. From a very early age, he was engaged in collecting, preserving, restoring, and stewarding all forms of Mohawk Valley heritage—artifacts, sites, stories, and people. He was one of the founders and first president of a group that dedicated itself to the preservation of Fort Klock near St. Johnsville in 1954. Fort Klock and its surrounding complex are now one of the very few national landmarks in Montgomery County. He participated in the restoration of the Windfall Dutch Barn at Salt Springville and was the first chairman of the Trustees of Salt Springville Community Restoration. He restored the Conrad Kilts Farm at Stone Arabia, which includes a Dutch barn, circa 1790 Greek Revival house, a summer kitchen, a relocated 18th-century house, and a relocated building used as a shoe shop. Many of those with an interest in the past and the area were proud to have been given personal tours of the beloved property.

Willis was a strong participant and leader in many important Mohawk Valley organizations. He was one of the founders of the Stone Arabia Preservation Society as well as a Trustee of Canajoharie Library and art gallery. He spent many years helping the Young Pioneer Program at Fort Klock. He was a supporter and friend of the Stone Arabia Amish community. Many of his tools can be seen in the hands of this community today. He was an active part of the Town of Palatine citizenry and often informed the town board on rulings and events of the recent (and distant) past. In 2008, Mr. Barshied received the 2008 Liberty Bell Award from the Montgomery County Bar Association and the National Historic Preservation Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Skip’s collecting often focused on the families of Stone Arabia. His collections have been important for many in genealogy searches and those looking to learn more about the Palatine region of New York. Throughout his years, he authored various newspaper articles and historical narratives. He was the author of the book “Shoes for John,” the story of a Stone Arabia boy in the time of the American Revolution. Over the past few years, many of his unique historical tools and artifacts have had a weekly presence in the paper under the title of “Whatchamacallits.” 

His wife of 58 years, Ethel Nellis Barshied, predeceased him on November 10, 2006. His brother Robert and sister-in-law Penny also predeceased him. Mr. Barshied is survived by his son Andy and daughter-in-law Maureen, who reside in Averill Park, NY. He has four wonderful grandchildren: Ben (and Claire) Barshied, of New York, NY; Matthew (and Lauren) Barshied of Ross, CA; Gregory (and Alexandra) Barshied of Grand Rapids, MI; and Kristen (and Tim) Sheehan of Pleasant Valley, NY. His nephew Scott Barshied resides in Mechanicsville. At the time of his death, there are 12 children that called him Great-Grandpapa.

The Great Llama Hunt, a Tale of Friends and Two Skips

Stone Arabias Changing Scene


Rebel: a four legged companion


A memorial to the mothers and daughters who were homemakers in yesterday’s Mohawk Valley Kitchens Display at the Fort Plain Free Library

The Draw Pin Story

Only Old Buttons

Will Stone Arabia survive hurricane Irene


The Story the Unfinished Ladle Told


Alf and Freeda

The Return of Bruin

The Old Cavalry Jacket

Rebirth of a plow

Exploring a Rock Shelter Near Palatine Bridge

Oh-it's that chain again


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Willis ‘Skip’ Barshied. Skip was a founding member and steadfast supporter of Fort Klock. He had a deep love of history and generously shared his knowledge with all he came in contact with. He will be greatly missed.

A Stone Arabia Relic

Skip Adages

Watching Flint Grow

Skip the llama - the final chapter

Let us imagine that today is October 19 1780

The llama saga continues


Spring Tonic and Memories

The Girl Next Door

Bits of Paper from Old Palatine

The Old Milk Stool's Story


Willis (Skip) Ernest Barshied, Jr.

Skip Barshied passed away peacefully at home on the afternoon of January 6, 2020, surrounded by his friends. Born June 3, 1930, in Amsterdam, NY, to Margaret and Willis Barshied, Sr., Mr. Barshied spent his early life in Marshville, NY. His education included six years at the Marshville school. He graduated from Canajoharie High School in 1948. That same year, he married Ethel Nellis and moved with her to the Nellis Farm on Route 10. Like Skip, Ethel was from a long-established Palatine family. He resided in Stone Arabia for 70 years. Skip had a deep interest in the land and worked on the Nellis farm for 10 years. For a few years, he was secretary of a small fire insurance company founded in the Town of Palatine in 1854. For 28 years, he directed and helped restore the 18th-century Brower-Loucks-Dunn farm property in Stone Arabia.

The Shopping Trip

The old boot top's story

The Pot of Gold

Let's Go To An Auction

This long time Stone Arabia resident watches as another one of our landmarks is prepared for removal to a faraway place

The Woodlot

A Visit From Puppy

Stopping at the Feed Mill

Somebody Stole That

Stories and Essays by Skip Barshied

The Clock Key's Story

Imagination and fact from the site of Fort Paris at Stone Arabia


The Lost Horseshoe Nail

The Story of the Mohawk Valley Hetchel

Notes passing of a friend

The House of God

Letter to Courier Standard Enterprise June 17 2010

The Ring

Hoof Beats: A Story for Emanuel and David

The Candle Snuffer Story

One persons view of our Amish neighbors

Jack the Stone Arabia Woodchuck

An Unfortunate Happening Eased by a Little Amish Girl's Touch


I Have a New Home by Buster the Basset

The Magnificent Apple

Dear Editor


Spring Project 2008


Home of Webster Wagner, Inventor Of Sleeping Car, Still Stands At Palatine