The Hancock Historical Society recently installed a birdbath at Hancock Town Hall and Police Department in memory of local photographer Sam Judge who passed away on May 11.
Historical Society President Dan Murphy presented the birdbath to Mayor Roland Lanehart, Jr. and Town Manager Mike Faith recently.
Judge had been a member of the Historical Society and several years ago had been named Historian of the Year.
“He did a wonderful job of documenting Hancock history on film,” Murphy said.
Murphy noted Judge was a common presence at “almost all” the local festivals, concerts, meetings, and other gatherings.
Judge had published a book of his pictures that documented so many activities in a small community like Hancock.
Murphy said the Historical Society chose to honor Judge’ s memory with the birdbath “to help beautify Our Town Hall.”
Murphy first approached town officials during the June town meeting noting Judge as a true photo historian and his pictures would be around forever.
“We all miss him and what he does. At events I look to see if Sam’ s taking pictures because I know they’ ll be on Facebook before I get home,” Murphy said at the time.