WAYLAND — On Friday, June 7, Steuben County Historical Society will conduct a free historic walk in Wayland.

Walkers will gather at the Wayland Historical Society Museum (100 South Main) for a 4 p.m. start. There will be a little time to visit the museum before setting forth, and in event of bad weather the walk will become a museum tour.

S.C.H.S. Director Kirk House, who's leading the tour, said, "Wayland has always been substantially an agricultural town. But the village, where we'll be walking, was a center of retail, industry, and education -- there was once a significant Catholic school here in addition to the public schools, and Wayland had a high school well before 1899.

"We'll see the former hospital, to which injured were rushed after a catastrophic 1943 train wreck killed almost 30 people. We'll see several historic churches, which among other things will give us a chance to talk about Wayland's lengthy German-speaking heritage. And, of course, we'll stop by the world's oldest Buick dealership."