Fossenvue on Seneca Lake .::. Our Finger Lakes History

Between 1875 and 1901, Fossenvue was an important summer retreat on Seneca Lake that provided cultural stimulation in a natural setting. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will explain how a group of seven friends in Geneva, New York founded Fossenvue and the interesting history of this unique historical location that is now part of the Finger Lakes National Forest.

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Valois Castle on Seneca Lake .::. Our Finger Lakes History

It was called a “breath of Paris in the Finger Lakes” during the late 19th century. Built by Arthur E. Valois on the shore overlooking Seneca Lake, the history of Valois Castle has roots in European royalty and treasures.  Learn about the construction and evolution of the property into a premiere, upscale tourist destination and entertainment venue before ultimately being destroyed by fire in 1932. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable tells the story on this episode of Our Finger Lakes History…

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A Whale of a Tale in the Finger Lakes .::. Our Finger Lakes History

The amazing story of how Waterloo became known near and far as “the place the whale burned” in the late 1800’s. A mammoth whale that was captured by Captain Nickerson off the coast of Cape Cod in 1888 was embalmed and taken on a tour of northeastern America. That is, until the whale was brought to Seneca Falls and Waterloo in northern Seneca County in 1891. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable explains in this edition of Our Finger Lakes History.

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The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 & 1919 in the Finger Lakes .::. Our Finger Lakes History

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and 1919 killed millions of people worldwide and had a big impact on life in the Finger Lakes region. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable describes the local impact through newspaper headlines and public records to demonstrate how day to day life for area residents came to a halt and shares some staggering numbers of lives lost in every local community.

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