The Ladies of Seneca Falls

When visiting Seneca Falls make sure to visit these statutes, take in the beauty of the river.

The chance meeting of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Amelia Bloomer

The Ripples of Change Statute Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Laua Cornelius Kellogg, and Martha Coffin Wright

The Trinity Episcopal Church – now an apartment building was connected to many of the abolitionist and women’s rights activities. It is directly across from the statutes.

And lastly, the Erie Canal walkway is another spot to take in the beauty of the river and enjoy the area.

Here boats can tie and stop to visit the area as they continue their journey on the Erie Canal.

Cayuga-Seneca Canal

Having written about the locks of the Erie Canal in former blogs was pleased to find one near the Stanton home. Let’s take a glimpse..

What a massive structure, this picture does not give it justice.

The doors which hold back the water.

The sides of the lock.

Another view..

Closer view of the doors to the lock..


Seneca Falls, New York

Central New York has a long history of fighting for Women’s Rights. On this sunny March day decided to take a trek to this area starting at the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home.

Early Beginnings

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born of privilege to a Boston based family where her father was a prominent lawyer and later circuit district judge. She was educated at the now Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, where women such as Jane Fonda were educated in present day. She married Henry Stanton, a young lawyer whom she met through friends. He was an abolitionist, and with his health poor, it is believed he suffered from asthma, and career not blossoming, her father suggested the young family move to Seneca Falls where he owned a home.

Her father gave Elizabeth the home on two conditions – she would maintain the home in her name, and renovate the property as it was in disrepair. Elizabeth did both as she cared for her 2 sons and increased their family during their stay from 1847 to 1862 to 5 boys and 2 girls. In this area Henry’s health and career also prospered.

Views of the Property

The Drawing Room

An 1840 desk similar to what Elizabeth would have written on.

Intellectual Stymie

Though Elizabeth enjoyed the area her intellectual stimulation was dwarfed. In Boston she had contact with many educated neighbors such as Thoreau and Emerson, however, this area was filled with Irish immigrants, and those who spoke no English. No longer did she have the interesting conversation or debates of Boston.

She wrote her friends and began contact with Susan B. Anthony, a married woman without children who was the direct opposite of Elizabeth, a known party girl. Together they promoted the cause for women’s rights with Elizabeth’s stories blending with Susan’s travel information.

Besides writing Elizabeth also farmed the land having a functional homestead with vegetables and an orchard. And in 1862, when her husband was given a post at the Customs House in New York City, the home was then sold with the family moving to New York.

However, this was not the end of Elizabeth’s work, she continued working as an agent of social change in New York City.

Syracuse Home Show…

was held on the New York State Fairgrounds – good to see this spot being repurposed and used for more venues.

Thanks, Andrew.

Got a handful of free fertilizer packets at this site. Can understand why tree removal so expensive as this truck costs $300,000.!

What a nice vendor. If you have a chance, give him a call for an estimate.


For $10. 35, (inclusive of credit card fees), got enough pens, recyclable bags, and candies to last for quite awhile. Interesting to see all the new items on tap from the home improvement industry. Here’s some pics to wet your appetite for all those spring renovations for your home.

This vendor walked through the site with delicious freebies. Yum!

Got some great ideas on Syracuse area gardens to visit from this group. If I was in the area long term would consider joining them. What friendly folks with much gardening information. There has not been a garden show at the Fairgrounds since the Pandemic. Let’s hope Governor Kathy “plants” this idea with locals to get it going again.

The only flower display at the show.

Some Tupperware – always can use that..

Had a nice conversation with this man about President Carter – he’s still with us.. What an amazing post-presidential legacy he and Rosalyn contributed.

Green energy and mattresses – quite a combination..

What a fun outing..

Date Night or Is it Day?

Ventured out the next 2 days for what I call date night/day. Heard from folks I worked with of a great theater with comfy seats 30 minutes from Auburn.

In Camillus, New York, and they also have food and specials..

Saw the latest and last John Wick flick..

What an amazing romp, and so much beautiful scenery of Europe. Made me yearn for another European visit.

Though much killing I dwell on the artistry and dance moves of the action scenes. How Reeves does it at almost 60 years old is quite a feat!

A must see.

Next, late lunch at the mall area which is filled with amazing dining fare. I selected Indian..

What a great pick this was.

The waiter was a recent (1 month), transplant from India. His Uncle owns the place. Amazing food and service.

Tasty and well priced with enough food left for the following day. Hope I get a chance to revisit. Food as tasty as my visit to India 15 years ago.

And the day continues..

A play at the Auburn Public Theater –

Butterfly Confessions

This was quite a romp with the gals on stage relating stories of their lives in tales, songs, and poems. Amazing!

The Cast…

Then off to bed as all this was done on 2 hours sleep..

Auburn Public Theater has much to offer with great variety. For more info check out their web site:

Stay Tuned: Tomorrow another interesting Auburn spot

Brewster Inn

Since Lincklaen Inn had no dining available on Sunday was referred to the Brewster Inn down the street for brunch. This is another delightful Inn located on Cazenovia Lake with beautiful decor and amazing food and service.

Another historic spot which has been operating as an Inn since 1880.

The Lobby and stairwell.

Loved this back stair. How romantic.

And this interesting 125 year old Meodon, circa 1897, in the lobby.

And on to brunch and more views..

What tasty fare and friendly servers!

And, of course, the views..

What an amazing visit!


This state historical site was formerly the home of the Lincklaen family. John Lincklaen was an agent of the Holland Land Company that was responsible for the early development of the area. Under John Lincklaen’s guidance the area was settled, industries created, and an active, thriving community developed. The home was the seat of the Licklean/Ledyard family for 160 years.

The home, a Federalist Mansion style was built in the spring of 1807 and completed in October 1808.

Lakeview from Lorenzo’s porch.

Shall we say priceless?

While not open during the winter months rambled through the snowy grounds imagining the summer garden growth.

The Stables and Visitor’s Center

The Garden Entrance and Children’s Playhouse

According to signage the Garden Walk was designed as an extension of the main hall of the mansion.

Think I need a summer visit to take in the gardens.

Built in approximately 1850, this cottage was designed for the residents only child, Helen Lincklaen Fairchild. It served as a playhouse for 5 generations of the family.

A closing view of the Lake walking back to the Inn.

Lincklean House

Spent a night in Cazenovia, New York, at this lovely, historic inn.

While I visited only a short time ago wanted to return to spend more time at this unique spot.

The Room

Was surprised the room to be so modern, and not what Expedia posted, however, it was comfortable and provided many amenities for the $125/nite rate. Staff at the Inn were charming, pleasant, and helpful. What amazing service and food – delicious.

The Foyer – an amazing spot for a fireplace stay in a comfy leather chair to read a book.

Another shot of those comfy chairs. Memories..

Many festivities occurred in the main level dining rooms on this day.

The downstairs Pub had a varied menu – salads, wraps, burgers, meals.. YUM..

And another fireplace in the Pub to warm those cold feet.

Following a delicious lunch took a walk to the Lake where I was able to recharge the EV and myself..

What a winter wonderland..

Next. Lorenzo – beautiful in summer and winter.

Montezuma Refuge

Went with a group from the Baltimore Woods Nature Center to visit Montezuma. It was a cool and crisp day providing great camaraderie and many bird sightings. This 9000 acre preserve off the New York State Thruway is managed by the federal government and provides a stop off site and feeding ground for a variety of bird species.

The Visitor Center was currently closed, however, we were able to use the deck for viewing.

The Bird Watching Group

We saw a great variety of birds during our visit:

  • Green Wing Teal
  • Canadian Geese
  • Bald Eagles
  • Pintail Ducks

Some interesting bird houses on the site for Purple Martins.

For more information – here is the summary of our Visit from Anna Stunkel of the Baltimore Woods organization.

She says it best!


Thank you for coming to the Spring Field Trip to Montezuma! 

We hope you enjoyed seeing the incredible bird diversity at this refuge. Here is a list of the bird species that we observed this morning:

Great Blue Heron

Tundra Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Canada Goose

Snow Goose


American Black Duck

Northern Pintail


American Wigeon

Blue-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal


Ring-necked Duck

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Northern Harrier

Sandhill Crane

Ring-billed Gull

American Crow

Horned Lark

Eastern Bluebird

Red-winged Blackbird

Here are GPS points for the locations that we visited today, along with a few other birding locations of interest that were mentioned during the program:

Montezuma NWR visitor center

Tschache Pool observation tower

Savannah Mucklands

Morgan Road marshlands

Honeywell Visitor Center– Bald Eagles can be observed in the surrounding areas here

Johnson Road– many Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers can be seen at dusk in late winter. Please be respectful of the birds and if they are flying close to the road, observe them from your car.

We encourage you to learn more about the birds that we saw today by checking out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds website. There, you can search for individual species and find out more about their life history, calls, and ID tips.

I strongly recommend revisiting the Savannah Mucklands as the temperatures warm up to observe the Snow Geese later this month. To see just how important Central New York wetlands and fields are along the journey of Snow Geese, take a look at this interactive map: 

You can also search for other bird species to learn more about their migration routes with this amazing map tool above, created by the National Audubon Society and its many partnering organizations.

You can contribute to citizen science and help keep track of bird movements by submitting your observations to eBird. Sightings can be submitted via their website, or by downloading the free eBird app.

The Merlin app is also free, and it is an excellent and convenient bird guide resource.

For bird survey reports and other Montezuma news, take a look at the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex Cattails page.

We would love to hear your feedback about this program and our program offerings in general, and would greatly appreciate it if you can fill out this brief survey:

Hope to see you soon, and thanks for supporting Baltimore Woods Nature Center!

Anna Stunkel, Environmental Educator

Another great Central New York visit!

Wine Talk at the Ward O’Hara Center by CJS Winery Owner

Here I learned much of the Finger Lakes wine region in a talk given by a man who began his wine making journey in the Bronx where his family produced small quantities of wine for their personal pleasure.

Tastings and Delicacies Following The Talk

A Little History..

The Finger Lakes region was birthed by glaciers some 2 million years ago in the Ice Age. Ice filled pockets later created what is now known as the Finger Lakes. Due to the rich mineral deposits from the glaciers the soil of this region now promotes the growth of a variety of grapes. 144 wineries are located in the Finger Lakes making New York State # 3 in wine production following the states of California and Washington, with New York fast approaching #2.

CJS began their operation in 1995, with a Seneca Lake vineyard, and began selling in 2001, (need 3 years of production prior to selling). They built a tasting center in 2003, at their Owasco Lake site.

There are 4 types of grapes in the Finger Lakes..

Grapes are often cross bred to increase flavor and increase toleration to cold weather, however, hybridization in France in the 1860’s almost destroyed their entire grape population. This was caused when the French “borrowed” US vines causing disease to their plants. Since then France has remained with pure vines.

Much research is done with grapes and other fruits. In New York State Cornell spearheads this work. However, other states are also involved in research. CJS produces a wine with a grape from Minnesota which can support -30 degree temperatures.

This is CJS Proprietor’s Red, what a delicious blend from the Minnesota grapes.

Grapes favor the following conditions:

  • sunshine – especially late day sun – West facing planting improves grape ripening
  • planting vine rows in North – South direction – again for ripening
  • dry leaves to prevent mildew
  • dry feet – grapes don’t like wet feet
  • vines are trained to grown upward promoting air circulation assisting grape growth
  • classical music – CJS plays this in their vineyard as does many Italian growers.

Some history of the region..

In 1860, Finger Lakes wineries began in Hammondsport, New York. Later in 1883, Taylor Winery began first to make barrels for the wineries then later began their own wine production. Throughout the 1880’s a Geneva group which was part of Cornell University began to help wineries elevate to world class production, however, 1918 brought Prohibition and production ceased, but by 1933, 19 wineries were back in production. And in 1976, under the Governor Carey administration small wineries were allowed to sell to the public without distributors. This literally changed the game for small wineries. Another prominent year was 1982, when Finger Lakes wineries began the Cayuga Wine Trail, the first in the the nation.

So, all that said – how is wine made?

  • For white wines – the grapes are crushed, pressed, and the product tanked in a cold process.
  • Samples then go to the lab for sugar testing.
  • Yeast is added and fermentation begins..

For red wine it is a bit different.. ferments are not pressed and the process is “hot.” The grapes then sit for 7-14 days.

And what do barrels have to do with the process?

Barrels provide flavor to the grapes. An oak barrel is favored with its effect lasting 8 years, but stainless steel can also be used. While tannins provide some health benefits their bitterness can affect wine taste. Barrels soften tannins through the aging process.

Then there is the bottles and closures for wine bottles? Some Fun Facts..

Bottles come is all sizes and thickness.

The largest bottling company in the states is in Waterloo, N.Y.

Air is the enemy of wine as it changes the flavor. This is why an opened bottle of wine should be consumed in a week.

Cork remains the main “friend,” of wine bottle closure, and most corks are a blending of fibers.

CSJ processes 7-800 cases of wine annually.

What a fascinating talk.. Hope you learned much, I did.