Genesee Street Stroll

The architecture of this stroll is one that is rarely found in a few city blocks..,

First stop, the Cayuga County Court House Building.

This majestic building was first built as a frame building in 1809, however, the present building was erected in 1836. From 1922-1924 it was reconstructed. Unable to visit the interior, one can only imagine its grandeur.

Across the street the Postal Building..

And sharing the block, the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and John.

Fun Fact: Red doors on an Episcopal Church signify the church is paid for, mortgage free.

Pomeroy and William Seward were brothers-in-law and owned adjacent homes on Owasco Lake, one of the New York State Finger Lakes. Both men were lawyers, and close friends of Harriet Tubman. She cared for the Pomeroy children. At Pomeroy’s death it is stated on the Pomeroy Park signage only Harriet’s flowers and note were buried with him in his casket.

This library was left by Willard Case, the father of Theodore Case, who invented the “talkies.” Willard’s wealth was acquired through the development of the Oswego Starch Factory, and through subsequent wise investing.

Sad to read this prominent Women’s Rights organizers home was razed, but as with many of these home termites often ate through wood structures. This also occurred in Flagler’s Home in St. Augustine, Florida.

The War of 1812 was a 3 year conflict between Britain and the United States. The reason for the War was left over concerns from the revolution regarding maritime and trade issues as well as expansionist concerns. It is viewed as largely a political war.

This is the Cayuga County Art and History Museum. It was formerly the Willard Case Residence. While currently closed. it will re-open in March. To learn more of this home check out the following website,

A House Through History: A Brief History of the Willard-Case Mansion

Besides the County Museum artifacts, the Case Research lab is here, as well as a carriage house movie theater.

Look forward to this tour come March 2023.

Next: Fort Hill Cemetery.

Auburn, New York Abode

Am living in a dorm setting in Auburn, N.Y. At 66, it is a different way of life being surrounded by 18-21 year olds who are attending Cayuga Community College. I am the grandmother. Ha! Ha! The living area is communal with a couch, television, dining room, full kitchen minus an oven, a toilet and two showers for 4 tenants. Am doing things I should have done in my youth, but for $500. a month, no security deposit, the place is a real deal for a travel nurse.

After 3 weeks of living the bachelorette life another travel nurse has moved into the quad. And she came with a bundle of love, Mags. Living with a dog is an experience which I miss, however, am unable to make this full time commitment to a pooch.

Mags sitting on the chair as I exercise.

While my roommate is doing day orientation, Mags comes to visit as soon as she leaves. Mags is a female mutt, and a delight. Have no complaints about this lovely bitch, (she’s a female), and I already know will miss dog love once the 13 week gig is up.

Next: A stroll down Genesee Street..

Stroll Down South Street

After an interesting 12 hour night shift woke and decided to take a walk. Auburn has many gorgeous Gothic Mansions of the 1800-1900 era on the street where the Seward Mansion lies so headed in that direction. Here I found the home of the Fay Family.

Here were 2 gorgeous homes of Fred Fay, the son of Edwin, who made his fortune in glove and mitten manufacturing. Edwin later turned to banking through Auburn Savings Bank and Fred continued in these footsteps.

For those with further interest, a web site to review. https://freepages.rootsweb.com/~fayfamily/genealogy/ephraim_brigham.html

The Fay’s stables..

The home has been converted into apartments.

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Another prominent Auburn resident had his home on this street.

This is the second Secretary of State to reside on this street. Under Eisenhower Dulles constructed many Cold War policies post World War II with the Soviet Union. He was Wilson’s legal counsel at the Versailles peace talks at the end of World War I and helped prepare the United Nations charter. A Princeton graduate he was also educated at the Sorbonne and specialized in international law.

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The Theodore Willard Case Home

This grandiose home is now on the grounds of a Presbyterian retreat, however, a spectacular grotto of the Virgin Mary remains on the property.

Mr. Case was a chemist and inventor of the sound on film processes. Auburn born into a prominent family, and educated at Yale, he joined forces with Fox for the creation of “talkies.” He died at 55 and is buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, New York. Looks like another spot for me to investigate.

What fascinating Auburn residents.

Ventosa Winery

Went to this stunning winery for the welcoming of their new sparkling wine.

Inside Views

Music for the event. Perfect.

Views from inside the villa drew me outside to walk the grounds and vineyard.

The Vineyard at sunset.

At the end of each vine section are posts labeling the grape grown.

A device to monitor weather conditions around the grapes.

St. Joseph, baby Jesus, and a myriad of Angel statutes watch over this vineyard.

The owners home

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And back to the event… The new sparkling wine was delicious and a delight.

Special Price For the Night of the Event

The man responsible for the creation of this bubbly. Hats, off!

And a final sunset.

Look forward to more events such as this. Can’t wait…

Baby, it’s cold out here.

Walked to work in 22 degree below zero wind chill. It was frigid, and my face stung, but as I walked I felt happy even though I know I have a condo in sunny florida where I would not be facing these weather threats. Some folks will think me nuts, and I give them that, but being from the North, and knowing the politics of the south it is terrifying to live there.

When I moved south I met a woman raised south. She told me they were taught the reason for the Civil War was the south wanted to split from the North. There was no mention of slavery, or black peoples rights in the equation or teaching. Now 200 years later the current administration in florida is pushing the same premise blocking the teaching of black history, the ability of black people to vote. etc….. And why? To strive for white supremacy when as National Geographic Magazine has stated that by 2050, (if not sooner), we will be an American culture of caramel colored folk.

Besides creating extreme angst in my soul over these republican actions, it is scary and our Democracy continues to be at risk.

So in the meantime I will hang out in the North and enjoy the snow.

Maybe the sunshine is causing these adverse thoughts?

Destiny Mall Syracuse

In Syracuse discovered this fascinating mall while searching for a movie theater. This Mall contains outlet stores, restaurants, and a full scope of entertainment venues. Prior to the movie also stopped at the World of Beer for a refreshing glass and great burger.

Walking into the Mall was overwhelmed by the decor:

Then walking further into the Mall found Apex Entertainment where there was a comedy club, bumper cars, axe throwing venue, a mirror room, and 24 lanes of bowling, etc… There is 55,000 square of pure entertainment in this facility,

What a fun place for all ages!

Things to Do Within 30 Minutes of Auburn

Having found a charger a stones throw from my abode and free decided to explore the area. My first visit was:

What a great outlet mall with everything from Coach, H & M, Yankee Candle, several prominent shoe outlets, and an array of low price and high quality shops. They also have ev chargers – Tesla and Chademo. Was a fun visit and will return once I receive my first paycheck.

On the route out was also other interesting spots..

A rare find – a tea tasting store/cafe… What a delight!

And several wineries along the route with free tastings..

This spot has food as well..

A must visit – this Amish Furniture Store. Furniture that will last for generations.

And don’t forget to stop at the Casino. Classy place, great food and prices, and a spa.

One final spot – Montezuma National Wildlife Center

While the drive around the Refuge was closed, a short nature trail was available.

Next: The Dynasty Mall

William Seward

William Seward was a lawyer and American politician, (1801-1872), born in Florida, New York, but a lifelong resident of Auburn. He held several prominent positions in government as the sign outside his Auburn home states:

The Seward Home is closed till March, however, will be the first to visit upon opening.

Seward was an active abolitionist and the Harriet Tubman statute adjoins his property, a glowing tribute. His family were part of the Underground Railroad, and he assisted Harriet Tubman in the purchase of her home which lies a short distance from the Seward Home on the same street.

The Harriet Tubman Home

Seward was passed over as a presidential candidate in favor of Lincoln, however, Lincoln appointed him as Secretary of State. He is known to be one of the greatest Secretaries of State. On the night of Lincoln’s assassination an attempt was made on Seward’s life with several others injured in the attempt made by an associate of John Wilkes Booth.

For a fascinating recount of this incident:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lincoln-assassination-the-other-murder-attempt/

Harriet Tubman

“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say – I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.”

Harriet Tubman at a suffrage convention, NY, 1896.

Auburn glows with Harriet Tubman tributes and these tributes are well deserved.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railway

From the National Park Service website it is noted Harriet and her brothers, all slaves, began this venture knowing they were to be sold. Wanting to change their fates, they escaped traveling from the Deep South making their way through Maryland, Delaware, and into Pennsylvania to achieve their freedom. During the journey Harriet made connections along the way and the Underground Railway was begun.

Despite the danger and risking her life this 5 foot tall woman returned again and again on this trek personally rescuing 70 individuals in 13 trips. Resources claims up to 700 found their way North through the connections Tubman developed. Her home and resource center remains in Auburn, however, closed during the winter. Look forward to this visit to learn more of this amazing woman come spring.

Beginnings of Auburn

European settlers began to arrive in the Auburn area in 1789. In 1793, during the Post Revolutionary War era, more settled in this area with John Hardenbergh, a veteran of an earlier Iroquois Indian campaign, instrumental in the area’s development. The community began to thrive with Hardenbergh’s gristmill and sawmill.

Homes of this era remain in the area.

The area grew further with the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. This Canal allowed goods to be shipped inexpensively. The Canal was 363 miles in length running from the Hudson River to Lake Erie, across the State. It was the first waterway connection in this area.

The Canal was 36 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Boats were raised and lowered via a series of locks controlling water flow.

In 1816, Auburn Correctional Facility, was added to the area creating additional jobs. A local told me the New York State legislature elected to take the Prison in lieu of being chosen as the state capitol, however, in my research have not located this fact, though I do not doubt the resource. Auburn was a model of prison reform offering new ideas regarding inmate incarceration. It remains open to this day.

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By the 1870’s the Lehigh Railroad extended their service to the area which further enriched the Auburn supply chain.

Next: Notable Auburn Citizens