A few days ago, I posted some pictures from a nature preserve on Lake Ontario.

The lakeshore there has stretches of coarse gray sand and a fair number of fallen trees, where the clay bluffs eroded during winter storms.

And lots and lots of rocks, what they call a cobble beach.

I wanted to show what folks in the area did with all those “cobblestones.”

This is a one-room schoolhouse, built around 1820-24 and used for over a century.

 

 

I was happy to run across it and see the local historical society is maintaining it in fine shape.  But it did strike me, that perhaps because it was a schoolhouse and not a bank, store, or private residence, the stones may not have been selected with as much care as usual, for uniformity and smoothness.   It’s seven or eight miles from Ontario, so they may be rocks from local fields or a glacial dump and not the lakeshore, there’s moraines and eskers a bit farther south.  But nonetheless it’s a mellow, handsome little building.

 

 

 

1820's, architecture, Great Lakes, History, NY, Ontario, Upstate New York

Walks Around Upstate New York. Cobblestone Schoolhouse, October, Late Afternoon

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The Stone Church was built by a German Reformed congregation in 1823. Quite a few of the area’s farmers back then were “Pennsylvania Dutch” emigrants, Reformed and Lutheran, and now, almost two hundred years later, many local farmers are again Penna. Dutch emigrants, but from a different offshoot of the Reformation, the Amish and Mennonite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1859, this place had a tailor, shoe store, carriage- and harness-makers, a sawmill, and three churches.  And two taverns, convenient to the churches.  I don’t believe there is currently a single business operating in the hamlet.

 

 

Apparently that merry gang in Wash.,D.C. is again talking about privatizing and shrinking the Postal Service.  There’s no longer a grocery store, so the post office is about the only place to run into your neighbors during the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1820's, Finger Lakes, FLX, NY, Post Office, Uncategorized, Upstate New York

Walks Around The Finger Lakes. Fayette, New York, January. ZIP code 13065

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