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Cazenovia, New York: One of America’s Coolest Small Towns

Where in the world is Cazenovia? Never heard of it? I hadn’t either, until serendipity stepped in…and next thing I knew I was booking a flight to New York (that’s a good story for another time).

Since being nominated in Budget Traveler’s “Coolest Small Town in America” contest, I suspect a lot more people know about Cazenovia now. Don’t worry though, Cazenovia welcomes tourists, but the essence of what makes it cool won’t change for tourism. Besides, it’s not the easiest place to get to – you have to want to go there.

Cazenovia, New York: One of America’s Coolest Small Towns


Cazenovia New York one of america's coolest small towns

@PennySadler adapted for Adventures of a Carry-0n

So, what makes Cazenovia, New York one of America’s coolest small towns?

To visit Cazenovia is to step back in time. Though the people and lifestyle are completely modern, the architecture and rural landscape provide a sense of time and place that I’ve found to be uncommon in the United States.

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Cazenovia Lake

What else makes Cazenovia cool? Lake Cazenovia is pretty cool – surrounded by woods, there are fun activities year round. When the founder, John Lincklaen saw the lake and the trees he decided to build his summer home there. He’s also responsible for the historic business center and instilling a desire to preserve the history and natural beauty for the residents. Another cool feature, there are no telephone lines in the downtown area. I love that!

The original plan for the development of Cazenovia can be seen in the Albany Street Historic District. To walk down Albany Street (the main east-west thoroughfare) is to walk through the nineteenth century. Architecturally and historically significant buildings, both commercial and residential, line both sides of the street.

Flickr photo by Barbara Hobbs

What I liked immediately about Cazenovia – the amazing community that has supported, what John Lincklaen, the founder of Cazenovia began in 1793. There is a sense of unity and pride in the people of Cazenovia that, along with the beautiful landscape and architecture, make it a delightful place to visit. Cazenovia may be one of the most sophisticated small towns I’ve ever visited.

I had no idea I was in one of America’s coolest small towns, but after just a few hours there, I wasn’t surprised. What did surprise me was the number of things to see and do in such a small place. Impressive!

I spent two days exploring and discovering Cazenovia, and I could have easily spent a few more. Here’s what I’d recommend if you have one day, two days, or more.

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The rural beauty of Cazenovia


Lincklaen House
Built in 1835, the exterior today looks exactly the same as it did then. It’s the perfect location for a weekend in Cazenovia, smack in the middle of the historic center of town. On Saturday morning the local market is across the street and you can walk to all the cute shops. President Grover Cleveland and John D. Rockefeller were frequent guests at the Lincklaen House: location location location.

Colonial architecture and decor lend a warm and cozy ambiance to twenty-three guest rooms, all furnished with period decor.

I had a corner room, so there were lots of windows and good light. The huge colonial style four poster bed and red walls made an immediate statement. There was also a small sitting area, a comfy chair and a writing desk. My favorite feature of the room was the built in library next to the sofa. Colonial style furnishings are not usually my favorite, but in Cazenovia, they are perfectly charming.

Lincklaen House, Cazenovia, New York

My room at Lincklaen House.

Lincklaen House is very popular with locals. There’s casual fine dining in the main part of the hotel. The dining room is especially beautiful and perfect for a holiday meal. You can almost see the people gathered around the table in their plain clothes and bonnets from the 1700s. The period furniture and architectural details invite you to relax and enjoy another era.

For a more casual experience, walk downstairs to Seven Stone Steps. I loved the dark English pub vibe of this place and the wide variety of choices on the menu. For hotel guests, continental breakfast is served in the dining room.
Lincklaen House is at the corner of Albany St. & Lincklaen.

Now that you’ve got a place to lay your head down, get out and explore Historic Cazenovia.


Take an architecture walk down Albany Street. Seriously, the whole street screams photo-op. The Albany Street Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1978.

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Built in the early 1800’s, 1st Presbyterian Church

Albany Street, Cazenovia, New York

Cool antique store on Albany St., Cazenovia, New York

Cazenovia, NY One of America's Coolest Small Towns

The Braeloch Inn, built in 1805

Cazenovia, New York: One of America's Coolest Small Towns

Cool gothic cottage built in 1847. Image courtesy of Lorenzo archives.


Farmer’s Market
Except in winter, the Farmer’s Market is every Saturday on Albany Street in Cannon Park. It’s just across the street from the First Presbyterian Church.

I wrote about the delicious foods and colorful produce I found in the Farmer’s Market recently.
Sample fresh local cheeses, produce, breads, pottery, and sweets as you stroll through the market. People are friendly and will tell you anything you want to know about their farm and the area.

America's Coolest Small Town, Cazenovia, New York

Cool Farmer’s Market, Cazenovia, New York

Owera Vineyards – located on 57 acres with 4 under vine had their first crush in 2010. Since then, they have beengoing strong. The tasting room features a polished rustic style, and is very warm and inviting. The wines of Owera are made primarily from grapes grown in the Finger Lakes area of New York. Tapas and wood fired pizzas are served with dining space in both tasting room and outside when the weather permits: a welcome change from most vineyards, where food service is not the norm.

Cazenovia, New York: One of America's coolest Small Towns

Yours truly in the tasting room at Owera Vineyards

Standard tasting is 3 wines and Premium tasting is five. I went with a friend and were were able to taste a total of 10 wines. Though the climate is too cold for strong red wines, the Cabernet Franc, a common red in New York state, gives a strong show.
I’d say the Dry riesling was both of our favorites. Coincidentally, it won a Dallas Morning News Wine Competition in 2011.

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Fall foliage at Owera Vineyars

Owera Vineyards is open Wednesday thru Sunday.

Critz Farms & Harvest Moon Cidery

This was my first visit to a true agritourism farm and I was pleasantly surprised. I got lost in a corn maze (another first), drank some hard cider that tasted like champagne, and heard an excellent blue grass band while sitting outside on crisp fall day. I’d call that a perfect day. But let me give you more details.

Critz Farms has been in business for twenty-five years and is still family owned. In fact, the day I was there, the owners were there too, hanging out with the rest of the crowd.

One of America's Coolest Small Towns

Cool Blue Grass musicians

Cazenovia, New York, One of America's Coolest Small Towns.

Outdoor seating at Harvest Moon Cidery

The farm is located on approximately 325 acres and focuses on agriculture and entertainment with a family focus. Kids can enjoy activities like the petting zoo and cow train, while adults can sit on the patio listening to live music while sipping an award-winning cider.

I visited during fall harvest celebrations and discovered the corn maze, which is just what is sounds like, a maze cut into a field of corn. This one had a theme and you had to find each of six stations to win a prize. I rate this an adult friendly activity, or not only for kids.

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Cool corn maze

Do try the hard cider made with apples harvested and pressed right there at Critz Farms. I had no idea cider could be so tasty. I always thought it was just sweet and slightly alchoholic apple juice. Wrong! I had the Rippleton Original, which was light and bubbly and somewhat like drinking champagne. It’s my new addiction. I also tried the Heritage Hops – unexpectedly dry – which I liked, but I prefer champagne. All the ciders are made with apples grown right at Critz Farms. And in case you’re wondering, yes, you can get tipsy on hard cider.

Depending on the season, you can pick your own apples, pumpkins, or Christmas tree.

Critz Farms is closed from late December until mid March. Dates vary from year to year.


In spite of being such a small place, Cazenovia has no shortage of good places to eat. All of these are on Albany Street with the exception of the Brewster Inn.

Pewter Spoon – I frequented the Pewter Spoon for breakfast, but they are also open for lunch. The menu is small and there are daily specials on the blackboard. Think breakfast pastries, a few egg dishes, and my favorite, homemade peanut butter on ciabatta bread with a cup of citrus mint green tea.

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Cool cafe, The Pewter Spoon

#87 Albany St.

Les Pates et les Nouilles – Asian fusion food served in a dark and cozy atmosphere. I had the tofu and shrimp spring rolls. They were a bit different, filled with spring greens mix instead of the usual crunchy greens and carrot slivers. On a Friday night, the place was packed and service was slow, but the food was good.

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#37 Albany St.

Seven Stone Steps is located below street level at Lincklaen House. There is an entrance through the hotel, or come in from the street. Seven Stone Steps has a dark wood interior with church pew- like benches around the perimeter and lots of carved graffiti. The menu was huge and very affordable, and included pub standards, like burgers and fish and chips.

One of America's Coolest Small Towns, Cazenovia, NY

Seven Stone Steps

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Brewster Inn – for a fine dining experience, I would definitely recommend this place. Located on Lake Cazenovia, Brewster Inn’s wine list won best of by Wine Spectator in 2009. We had a delightful Pinot Noir from Oregon.

The menu has recently been updated, and whatever your dietary needs you’ll find something delicious: from seasonal oysters to pasta to New Zealand grass-fed rack of lamb, or a crisp green salad. Brewster Inn is also open for brunch and was recently voted one of the best places for brunch in the Syracuse area.

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6 Ledyard Ave.


Lorenzo House

History truly stands still at Lorenzo House. Completed in 1808, Lorenzo House was the home of the father of Cazenovia, John Lincklaen. Lincklaen was Dutch and arrived in the central New York area on a mission for the Holland Land Company. Legend has it that he was immediately enamored of the landscape, writing in his journal, “situation superb…fine land.” When I first saw Lake Cazenovia from the porch of Lorenzo House, those were exactly my thoughts! Lincklaens descendants lived in the house until 1968, when it was given to the state of New York. Lorenzo house hosted many important visitors, such as Grover Cleveland, then President of the United States.

Cazenovia, New York, One of America's Coolest Small Towns

Historical photograph of Lorenzo House

We arrived at Lorenzo House early and were the first tour of the day. Our guide, Barbara Bartlett was excellent, and no wonder, she and her mother have been involved with Lorenzo house for over twenty years! What luck to have a guide like that! Barbara personally documented every item that goes with the house. I don’t recall the exact number but it was in the thousands; All furnishings, books, dinnerware, everything in the house belonged to the family.

In addition to the house there are extensive gardens and an exhibition of carriages that will make you grateful to Henry Ford. While interesting, they don’t look very convenient.

Cazenovia New York, One of America's Coolest Small Towns

Lorenzo House

Enjoy the abundant natural beauty of One of America’s Coolest Small Towns

Chittenango Falls – I discovered this fantastic waterfall and park by happy accident (I thought I was lost), then saw the falls and forgot about where I was. The photo bellow was taken from the top of the falls – as one reader commented, they are much more spectacular when seen from the viewing area at the bottom.

Chittenango Falls is a state park and the main feature is, of course, the 167 foot waterfall. The bedrock is limestone over 400 million years old. Pretty cool!

The hiking trails, observation points, and other amenities of the park were developed during the 1930‘s under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency.Hiking, fishing, picnicking, and reveling in nature’s beauty are the main activities here. The park is open year round, but may have limited access during the winter months.

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Cool waterfall at Chittenango Falls State Park

Stone Quarry Hill – a great place to walk and hike with stunning vistas of the rural landscape, not to mention quirky art. It is one of the first outdoor sculpture parks in the country.

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Cool art at Stone Quarry

3883 Stone Quarry Road, P.O. Box 251, Cazenovia, NY 13035

As can see I covered a lot of ground in two days. I could have easily taken four and there’s more that I’ve not even touched on.

Now what do you think? Cool or not? Have you been to Cazenovia? Where is your favorite small town?


All material and photographs copyright Penny Sadler. All rights reserved.

  1. Yes Joanne and I are first cousins my mother and Joanne’s dad are siblings. We had 7 children in our family and Joanne is one of 9. We all had such great times together as children in caz so many wonderful pictures and memories together. The Ledyard Family has had 2 reunions on the Lorenzo grounds, the first one brought over 300 Ledyards from around the world. It was magical.

    • Wow such a big family. How wonderful to have a reunion like that and just across from the lake. It does sound magical.

  2. I am a Ledyard and grew up in Caz and played at Lorenzo as it was my family that gave it to the State.
    Thanks for Sharing.

    • Hi Joanne, what a wonderful legacy. Thank you so much for the comment and taking the time to read the article. I really enjoyed Cazenovia. Maybe I’ll go back one day. I’d like some cider from Critch Farms right about now. 🙂

    • The Ledyard family in fact sold the Lorenzo property to the State Historical Trust, in 1968, for about $250,000. It was subject to a life estate of George Ledyard, the last family member to live at the estate.

  3. My partner and I are moving to Cazenovia next month! I am excited to be back in a small town after 17 years in Cape Coral, FL. Thank you for a great piece on the town. My biggest concern is “open-mindedness?” Hopefully, this won’t be an issue for two guys.

    • Hi Mark, I hope you will find it friendly too. Maybe some of the locals that have commented on this article can comment?
      Good luck on your move.

    • Hi Mark..
      Looking at the date of your comment, I am sure that you have already arrived in Caz.. And already have your answer. I know several gay men.. Some coupled some not, and ditto some Lesbian friends who hale from Cazenovia.. All lead very inclusive friend filled lives..
      There is a rather vibrant LGBT etc.. Community in Syracuse.. 20 minutes up the road.. Also in Utica… Other small college towns, that also have diverse and inclusive communities, ie: Hamilton, 20 minutes east of Caz..
      Seek and ye shall find, friend.

  4. I grew up in Caz and it`s a beautiful town.. a photographer`s paradise! I live in nearby Chittenango now.I wish the weather cooperated and you could`ve explored Chitt. Falls a bit more! It`s very beautiful there as well. I hope you can come back and see the Windmill Farm in nearby Nelson… also spectacular views!

    • Thanks for your comments. I too wish the weather had cooperated. What I saw was lovely even if my time was abbreviated. I hope I’ll make it back sometime as well. Thanks!

  5. Penny, Owaghena is the Native American name for the Lake. It means “lake of the yellow perch”. Unless the schoolhas changed the name, it’s the title of the school yearbook

  6. Hi Penny,

    You paint such a nice picture of Cazenovia! I am moving to Central New York because my fiance is in medical school at Upstate. We are looking for good neighborhoods to live in. Are there any apartments in Cazenovia? Or in these nice areas like Cazenovia, Fayetteville, and Manlius, is it mainly homes? Thank you!

    • Hi Lindsay, I am sorry but I have no idea. I would the closer you get to Syracuse yes. I don’t recall any apartments in Caz but I’m really not the person to ask. It’s a very small place so that’s something to consider. Good luck on your move!

    • I have lived in Cazenovia all my life. There are a lot of apartments available here, to fit almost any budget. We are about half an hour away from Syracue, so it’s a pleasant drive. One thing not mentioned in the article is the college. Cazenovia College has a top-notch equine program as well as an arts and design program. There are apartments available on Main Street and several other places.

      • I love how people from or of Cazenovia are so proud and passionate about their town. What a great community.

  7. Growing up in Cazenovia, I remember sliding at “Jepsons” (Former “Davis Baking Powder” Estate), Water Skiing on the Lake and Swimming at “The Rope Swing”. Most natives remember Going to the Christmas shoppers walk just before Christmas. going to the parade in town, then the Fireworks and Fair around Gypsy Bay at night. Don’t forget the craft fair at lorenzo, the horse driving competition at lorenzo, Christmas at Lorenzo or the Franklin car show at Cazenovia College in the fall.

    • I did visit Lorenzo and the docent that day told us about the horse driving competition. I’d love to see that.

  8. Hi Penny! I was born and raised in the area and graduated from Cazenovia College. I waitressed at The Brae Loch Inn during college and must recommend it for a wonderful Scottish experience. You did a tremendous job explaining the beauty of the area. If you do go back, one thing we are proud of is that L Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was from Chittenango! Someone else mentioned Hamilton – another beautiful city! Thank you!

    • I knew about Frank Baum because the corn maize last year had a Wizard of Oz theme. 🙂 I did not go to the Brae Loch Inn, will have to try it next time!

  9. I grew up in Caz , as we called it , & have many happy memories of it. I just went there last June for my 40th High School Reunion (go class of 75 !) It truly is one of the prettiest & most historic towns I’ve ever seen. I was surprised you didn’t say more about the Brae Loch Inn. Thanks for your great article !

    • Hi Jennifer, Thanks for the comments. Brae Loch Inn is a place I will have to explore more indepth on my next visit.

  10. I was always led to believe it was Cazenovia Lake, not lake cazenovia? I used to live in Manlius and never heard anyone call it Lake Cazenovia.

    • Hi Becky, yes someone else pointed this out. I think I have it correct under the photo, but never got to correcting it in the article. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

    • The name of the lake is Owaghena

      • Sheila Which lake are you referring to? I only recall one lake and that was Cazenovia.

      • Owaghena was the Oneida/Iroquois name of what has been known for 200 years as Cazenovia Lake.

  11. Lived in Caz for 131/2 years and taught at Cazenovia College for 18 years! one of my favorite places!

    • Im surprised you did not mention Caz College in the mist of town.
      I Rudnick

      • Well, I only had a short time there. Can’t hit everything in one weekend. I did cover a lot of ground though.

  12. I have driven through Cazenovia about 50 times on my way to Hamilton. It is a cool little town but not all that unlike many towns in that area. Nice lake and scenery but honestly, so many similar places all over in that part of New York.

    • Hi James, I recall driving through a couple of other little villages, also very pretty, Manlius, was one I believe. I think one of the things that makes Cazenovia unique is all the telephone lines are underground, makes the downtown area very pretty. Are any of the other towns in that are the same?

  13. Thanks for a great post about our fantastic village! I came here for a week of Quilting By the Lake in 1984 and we moved here in 1997 based on the same impressions that you had about Cazenovia. You did a great joy of describing the beauty of the place.

    • Corinne, thank you so much for taking the time to read it. And the nice comments – I loved it.

  14. Thank you for writing this great piece about our lovely village. As someone else mentioned, the Cazenovia Library is one of our most prized gems. And along with the other businesses mentioned, the Brae Loch Inn is a favorite place where the food, drink, and music entice locals and visitors to meet and mingle.

    • Hi Valerie, I am so sorry I missed the library. I’ll just have to come back!

  15. My sister and I grew up in Caz, Mom was a teacher at the High school, Dad was on the planning and zoning boards, we spent lots of quality time at WBYC!! So nice to read your article and recognize what a great place it is and how lucky we are to be able to call it our hometown!

    • Very lucky indeed! Beautiful place. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

  16. I went to Cazenovia College from 1987 to 1989 and return every year to reunite with classmates. It is my favorite town and always great to return! It feels like coming home!

    • …great memories…I worked at the Caz College pub during 86-88…I don’t get back there near enough these days but I do appreciate the area even more as I grow older. Nice article.

      • Thanks for reading it and commenting. Your time means a lot!

  17. Cazenovia is definitely a cool little town. We also just selected it (October 2015) as one of our Top 50 Small Towns in America (You can see the list by clicking on my name in this comment – Cazenovia is in the #2 spot)

  18. Wow! Cazenovia is a must see Summer destination! I hope to see this place one day. My sisters is in Connecticut and the last time I spent Thanksgiving with them, she brought us to New York City but it was the small towns that lingered in my memory. Have a fun Summer!

  19. I grew up there as did my mother. Wonderful town. My oldest daughter (23) visited there three years ago and was so impressed. Wonderful memories for me

  20. Born & Raised! Proud to call it my home… even though I’m away. It’s always in my heart!

  21. You nailed it. Well said throughout. We have relatives in Caz and love visiting. Like taking a step back in time. Quaint, tight knit community, town with a ton of character.

  22. We moved our family to Caz almost 12 years ago and haven’t regretted a day since! I don’t think a day goes by when we have what our family calls a “Caz Moment”! Anytime we come into town from a day of work, school, or a long trip and we see the picturesque Lake, the beautiful scenic views or drive thru town, it always reminds us of why we chose to live here. Thanks for writing about our quaint town with the same heart and emotion that we feel every day…

  23. Love this post! Thanks for the support 🙂 we think Cazenovia is a pretty special place too!

  24. I grew up in Caz, as us locals call it. This just made me pretty homesick. Good thing I’m going back for Thanksgiving in a couple weeks. Just a side note it’s Cazenovia Lake, not “Lake Cazenovia”. Great piece!

    • Hi Jason Glad to hear you are going home for the holiday.

  25. I grew up in Caz in the 70’s – what a wonderful and magical place to roam free as a kid. I loved the mummy comment, the after school trek to the library is a right of passage for every little laker. Great memories, thank you!

  26. I lived in Cazenovia from 1947 until I was married there in 1970. I go there every year and my mother-in-law still lives there. Driving around the country roads, visiting the old family farm on Lincklaen Street where my parents used to live, and seeing other relatives who still live there. Spent 3 days there at the beginning of October and the fall colors were outstanding. Thank you for featuring my home town.

    • I was there the weekend of the 10th of October and the colors were still really nice! Thanks for the comments. You’re home town is awesome.

  27. We’ve lived here for almost 30 years (corporate location) and never left!

    • Hi Terry. Thanks for leaving a comment. I’m not sure how I’d do there in the winter but the rest of the year would be great!

  28. A great place to live as well as visit. Lived there for nearly 40 years and NO one ever called the lake ” Lake Cazenovia”.

    • LOL first time for everything as the saying goes. Thanks for the comments!

  29. I was raised on a dairy farm just south of Cazenovia, attended Cazenovia schools and graduated HS 1957; beautiful area and people; just a short drive to Syracuse. My Great Grandfather Seymour Holmes settled nearby Caz in 1866 on Westview Farm with views over the hills to Pompey Center. I’m always happy to visit my childhood home.

    • Sounds like a nice childhood. Is the family farm still there?

    • I grew up in Cazenovia and Roger is my Uncle. The Holmes farm is still alive and doing awesome – it’s generational. Growing up in Caz was the best – my Dad built a Veterinary Hospital back in the late 50’s and it’s still alive and well, even though he is deceased. Going back to visit my home town, I’m always flooded by great memories. The lake was our playground. We spent every day we could swimming, boating, just hanging out at the town Pier. My mom owned a store on main street called the Cheshire Cat – it was an awesome gift store. All I can say is that I had the greatest childhood and adulthood being part of that small community and going back there when I do, is like taking a step back in time. I’ll never forget the best part of my life and that was being brought up in small town USA.

      • Hi Debbie, What a great testimonial to Cazenovia! Thank you so much for sharing your memories.

      • And your Dad was a great man, vet and friend. We raised our family there and I golfed w/ your dad.

  30. If you have a chance to visit again, I suggest going to eat at BG Buda’s, delicious Itatlian restaurant, across the street from the Lincklaen House, and taking a campus tour of the College (also very historic). Thank you!

    • I’m sure I will return. Just a matter of time. I almost went to BG Buda’s can’t recall why I didn’t?

  31. I have not wanted to go home to visit as much as I do right now! I love the town I grew up in and lived in for 20 years. It is perfect in every way. <3

    • I think this may be the best compliment/comment to date. Thank you Lisa. When were you last there?

  32. My favorite place since 1987 where I went to Cazenovia College. Coming from NYC this was a bit of culture shock, beautiful quaint town where the people are amazing & extremely friendly. I have been coming back every year for the past 5 years for my college reunion. As soon as I set eyes on Cazenovia Lake I take a deep breath & say “I am home”.

    • Apparently Mr. Lincklaen fell for the lake too, and it’s the reason Cazenovia exists, unless I misunderstood…

  33. I grew up in Cazenovia and I felt a great swell of pride reading your article. Beautifully written. If you have the chance to return in August, I’d recommend checking out the Bouckville antique show, which is the largest on the east coast of its kind.

    • Thanks for the tip! It looks like a fun market. I see Empire Brewery is slated to open next year? It looks like I need to make a stop there too! Thanks for the comment, very much appreciated.

    • Also there are a number of family oriented ski resorts within 45 minutes from down town. Beautiful place too grow up.

  34. Glad you were able to visit Cazenovia and thanks for writing about it! Although I believe it was founded in 1793, not 1783. We celebrated the bicentennial with a parade in 1993.

    • Hi Jessica, thanks for the comments. Duly noted and corrected. Of all the places I’ve visited and written about, Cazenovia residents are the most interested in what I’ve had to say about their town.

    • Hi Lonnie, You guess correct, that was taken at the top of the falls, near the bridge. Thanks for providing the great link. I don’t live in such a beautiful area; so even the top of the falls is very impressive. I had planned to go back the next day for hiking and more photos, but it poured down rain and I had to leave town that afternoon.

      • When my great grandfather George Strawbidge Ledyard when in his 90’s, who was the last family member to reside at Lorenzo House realized that none of his heirs would be financially able to retain the mansion and grounds, he decided that in order for the history and historical furnishings to be preserved for generations of the family to be able to still see, hear and experience what myself and my generation of bothers, sisters, cousins alike have lived through as children would always be able to visit, be able to have our family reunions , weddings etc on the grounds, and bring our children and grandchildren to see what was just as it was when we were children. If he had left it to any one heir it would have been sold to strangers and probably never seen by family again so he made a deal with NYS to have it all preserved. When our Cousin Nanny Oakman left The Meadows (another family historic mansion on Rippleton Rd) to one heir and then sold and gone from our lives. So it was a very unselfish and very smart thing he did and now the public can learn and see what we grew up experiencing. Please go and enjoy the houses and grounds of this great historic site where many presidents have come and stayed with our ancestors, you will learn so much history of NYS. Don’t forget to visit Chittenango fall state park, one of our ancestors gave that to NYS to be a state park, preserved also forever.

      • Richard and Joanne, do you know each other? This is fascinating. Yes, that’s what I remember about the house, how perfectly preserved everything is. I did stop briefly at Chittenango Falls. Unfortunately, it was just before the park closed so I didn’t really get to do much exploring there.
        Thank you for the comments. Very informative and interesting!

  35. No mention of the real Egyptian mummy in the Caz library?

  36. Lovely place. You have done a great job of describing it.

    • Thanks Margaret. Sounds like perhaps you’ve been there?

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