Learn about the fascinating history of one of the oldest trees in the Finger Lakes, the Scythe Tree in Waterloo.
In 1861, according to the plaque at the foot of the tree, “James Wyman Johnson came from the fields one morning, hung his scythe in the crotch of a small cottonwood tree, and said, ‘Leave the scythe in the tree until I return’.” Then Johnson went off to fight for the Union in the Civil War.
The is the second in an ongoing series of historic places in the Finger Lakes by Seneca County Historian Walter Gable.
Learn about the origins of the famous Canandaigua landmark, Sonnenberg Gardens. This episode takes you through the transformation of the property and ownership over the past century and a half at the Sonnenberg mansion and grounds. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the first in his series of famous historic places in the Finger Lakes.
Stephen Harkness, a native of MacDougall, New York in Seneca County, became the second most wealthy American of his time through a partnership with John D. Rockeller of Richford, NY. This episode tells the story of Harkness’ rise to “Millionaire’s Row” in Cleveland, Ohio. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the third in his series of famous historic people with Finger Lakes roots.
Seneca County Historian Walter Gable takes a comprehensive look at the factors that contributed to the first Women’s Rights Convention being held in Seneca Falls in 1848. Meet the individuals involved and the local and national reaction to the Declaration of Sentiments which was drafted at the convention.