Back in the early 1920’s a small cottage was moved from the shore of Hemlock Lake to a site on the creek bank just south and east of the bridge on Main St. in Hemlock NY. This small building was the beginning of what has been known for years as the Odd Fellow’s Building.
Later in the 20’s an addition was constructed on the back of the cottage giving the Odd Fellows a large Hall in which to hold their meetings. After this point not much of a change occurred in the physical appearance of the building until the present time.
In the last few months, however, a great change in the building has taken place. A gentleman by the name of Steve DeAngelo has recently remodelled the interior of the hall in the style of a saloon from he old west. As a matter of fact it is almost an exact replica of a saloon operated by George Masterson of Dodge City, Kansas. Masterson was the brother of the famous gun fighter “Bat” Masterson.
The entire tavern is filled with authentic antiques and a step into the Boots and Saddles Tavern is like a step back in time and place. Such items as a Wells Fargo safe, which still operates, and two buggies which sit upon the entertainment stage at the back of the building.
According to Mr. DeAngelo The Boots and Saddles will offer Country and Western entertainment and square dancing Wednesday through Saturday during the year. It is well worth a trip to the Boots and Saddles for a brief look at yesterday in the “Old West.”