Before the days of electrical refrigeration much of the perishable foods that sustained the northeastern United States came from the vast ice harvesting industry on the Finger Lakes. Learn how ice was harvested and delivered to customers throughout the region and beyond in this edition of Our Finger Lakes History with Seneca County Historian Walter Gable.
It is a very rare occurrence for the Finger Lakes’ two biggest bodies of water, Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, to completely freeze over in the winter. It has, in fact, only happened a handful of times. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable will tell you when it happened and what that meant for local residents throughout 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.
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…