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Clip here to get to OCCA Fun Float info and registration

Morris Historical Society and Butternut Valley Alliance encourage you to join us for Otsego 2000's historical tour of Morris. To register go to the Events section of the Otsego2000 website.
After the walk, stop by the pavilion at Guy Rathbun Park (117 East Main Street) to hear from board members of the Butternut Valley Alliance and the Morris Historical Society. Complimentary cider and donuts.

Oxbow Bend Dairy Farm Cow

February 2023 BVA Newsletter

Our February 2023 Newsletter features articles about changes in the valley population, things that attract people to move to the valley, recently opened businesses, and some fun activities.


Upcoming events include Earth Day, April 22, On the Trail of Art, June 10-11, the Summer Harvest Festival, August 19, Butternut Creek Fun Float, September 17, Butternut Valley Gravel Grinder, October 7, and Mill History Part 3, October 18.

donation to BVA makes the Butternut Valley watershed an even better place to live, work and play. 


LIVE ~  In 2022 donations supported two creek restoration projects. We teamed up with Upper Susquehanna Coalition to plant over 200 trees on a Wetland Trust property along the Butternut. We also hauled out agricultural plastic that has clogged one of our creeks since the flood of 2021. To date we have removed over 8000 pounds of material. These efforts help to increase permanent open space, assist flood mitigation, and promote water quality ~ making the Butternut Valley a great place to live. 


WORK ~ Our programs, like the New Lisbon Gravel Grinder attract visitors from around the state to explore our landscapes and enjoy local shops, restaurants and accommodations. We hope our local economy gains from these small-scale placemaking endeavors.


PLAY ~ On the Trail of Art engaged student, professional and amateur artists to exhibit together in our annual “gallery in the forest”. It was a weekend of community and fun in Basswood Pond State Forest.

It’s a fact of life that our small organization depends on members and friends for financial support, small and large. become a member and/or donate today! Thanks!


BVA is a 501(c)(3) federal tax exempt, not-for-profit corporation – your donation is tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code


BVA and Morris Historical Association hosted a talk -

Mills II, How They Work

By Tom Washbon

Was held on Wednesday, October 19, 2023 at 7 pm

Part III is coming October 18, 2024

at the Morris Fire House

Attendance was in person or by Zoom

"Terrific presentation. Technical details, visual, audio surprisingly good. Tom so well prepared. Will tune in again."

- Chris Sadlocha

Watch a recording of the program here:

Mills II - YouTube recording

Watch a recording of the first Mills presentation at this link Mills I YouTube recording

(Image at left: Bailey’s Mills, Bailey Road, Morris, NY, circa 1900)

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The Butternut Valley Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to encourage the Butternut Creek watershed to become an even better place to live, work, and play. Our activities connect communities, protect the environment, and promote the arts.

Leading the Butternut Creek watershed toward a sustainable future.
PO Box 43
Morris, NY  13808