I enjoyed Kari Anderson’s article about harps. My grandmother, Christine Carr Minor, lived in Batavia and played the harp professionally. She traveled all over the east with her harp in a specially built trailer, to sing and play at schools. Ms. Anderson’s mention of the difficulty of transporting a concert pedal harp reminded me of my grandmother’s stories, which she wrote down in later years. I don’t recall her mentioning playing at a big concert in Syracuse, but that is where she bought her harp.
–Tina Minor Kolberg, Rochester
Editor’s Note – For more information about the Rochester Harp Network, contact cofounders Donna Benier, Benier_D@hotmail.com or Sandy Gianny, SandyGia@aol.com.
Following Pre-emption Road to Freedom
Your article about the Underground Railroad was great. I’m not a scholar on this subject and never delved into it, but I would like to pass along to you some things about it that my grandmother told me when I was a youngster.
Her name was Cora Tripp and she and my grandfather lived on a huge farm on the Pre-emption Road. This road played a big part in the traverse of the slaves from the south, bound for Canada and supposed freedom.
In the days of the surge to freedom by the slaves, one has to remember that there were no paved roads. Buggies, wagons and horseback were the modes of travel. Grandmother Tripp related that there were well-planned stops and feeding places all along the trail to the north, and that the farm where they lived was a stopover, which supplied fresh horses and one outbuilding used to repair wagon and buggy wheels.
The Pre-emption Road, in part, still exists. It came up through Pennsylvania and was a straight trail to Sodus Point, New York, where sailboats awaited to take the slaves across Lake Ontario to Canada. This road, at that time, went through the virgin timberlands and afforded well-hidden travel away from the cities and large villages. The road went north near Dundee and north of Bellona to merge into what later became Route 14. You can see on a New York map that it is very straight to Sodus Point.
–Bob Tripp, Arkport
Greek Revival Revisited
The recent article on Greek Revival homes of the Finger Lakes is a wonderful testament to the architecture of our area. The homes selected are beautiful examples and most of the photographs are exquisite. I would like to express my disappointment in some of the information in the Greek Revival article in the recently published winter edition of your publication. The location of one the prime Greek revival home in the area, Rose Hill Mansion, is Route 96A, not East Lake Road. More directly related to me however, is the fact that the Kime Farm House, although originally built as such, has not been owned by the Kime family for a number of years. John and Nancy Warder purchased the house over 25 years ago and have restored it to its current condition. It is still owned by the Warder family, a prominent family in Geneva.
The family also had no idea that their home would be featured in the article in your publication. This article shows a wonderful example of the Greek Revival homes of the Finger Lakes. It also shows a relative lack of professionalism and research by your staff.
–Sandy Wagner, Geneva
Your Winter 2007 Issue covered several Greek Revival homes in the Finger Lakes area, but omitted one that is also very noteworthy. The home was built in 1828 by Nehemiah Platt, an early settler of the Nichols area. About 1855, a Dr. George P. Cady moved to Nichols from Massachusetts. Late in 1856 Dr. Cady married Susan Platt, daughter of Nehemiah Platt. With the death of Nehemiah Platt having taken place in 1851, Doctor and the new Mrs. Cady soon moved into the Platt home. During 1865, they had a son, George M. Cady II. At about that time, the Cady Mansion, as it was then known, had some structural enhancements. A porch with Greek Revival columns was added. Also, another frame addition was built to the rear of the original house. Dr. G.M. Cady II resided there until his death in 1935. Upon his passing the Cady Mansion was left to the town of Nichols for use as a public library, as it is today.
On October 13, 1976, the Cady Mansion and the coach house were listed in the National and State Register of Historic Places. In 1988, a matching grant was applied for and received from the New York State Office of Parks and Historic Preservation. The grant and local match, totaling $479,400, covered significant restoration of both the mansion and the coach house. The funding also provided for the nearby coach house to become the Town of Nichols offices.
I hope your readers add the Nichols Cady Mansion to their appreciation of Greek Revival architecture and the preservation of these stately structures.
–William Caloroso,, Historian, Town of Nichols
The Annual Photo Contest
I just recently had the opportunity to see the Winter Issue (while at my doctor’s office). One of your runner-up photos was taken at a spot I visited a few weeks back. Just for fun, here is a different view of the same tree, from the drumlins in Victor.
–Mike Sargent, Farmington
That White Box Bugs Us, Too
I’ve just renewed my subscription for three more years. Yahoo! I can’t tell you how much I look forward to each issue and I share it and read it from cover to cover. Which brings me to my comment/feedback. I do not like the address showing on the front. I would much prefer it on a wrapper or on the rear of the magazine. I leave this out at my desk for others to look at, but feel a little strange about having it showing my home address. So, I blot it out with a permanent marker. It takes away from the beauty of the cover! (I love the picture of the cardinal in the Winter 2007 issue. It’s perfect.) Definitely – having it in on the back cover would be more appropriate. Any chance of getting it changed?
–Linda Slade, Hemlock
Believe me, Linda, I feel the same way as you do regarding that big white box on the front cover. Unfortunately, our options are few. We cannot place the address on the back cover because it’s reserved for advertisers. I have considered mailing the magazine in a polybag (the mailing label would be on the bag, not the magazine), but it’s too expensive at the present time. We have glued mailing labels to the front cover, instead of inkjetting the address directly onto the printed piece, because labels can then be removed. That became a disadvantage on humid summer days when the labels came off in the actual mailing process. So for now, we’re stuck. I’m glad you like the covers enough to comment on our situation. We continue to look for an alternative.