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Adventure in Cortland, NY
July 3, 2005

July 3, 2005 was a beautiful day, too nice to stay home, and we had been talking about the Wickwire House in Cortland, NY.    There is a Doug's Seafood restaurant there, and when checking the web for the address, found their webpage, which included a printable coupon for dinners.  It was meant to be.....

Ready for dinner.  This really looks good.

We ordered scallops with onion rings, shrimp with fries, and a shrimp cocktail.  The coleslaw was excellent.  With coupons, the cost was less than $20.00.  You can eat in or take out to the picnic area, and it was too beautiful a day to stay indoors.

D tried to teach me how to twirl onion rings.

It is not as much fun without a kid.
 see that webpage here

We licked the platter clean.

After dinner, we headed off to the Wickwire 1890 House in Cortland.

Why is it called the Wickwire House? 
Because it was built for Mr. and Mrs. Wickwire.
Why is it called the 1890 House?
Because it was built in 1890.

The House is open to the public daily from 1-4pm.  You tour the house yourself, carrying the binder of information lent to you by the helpful person who takes your admission fee.  The house is four stories plus basement.  The basement has been filled with displays and information about the family.  Mr. Wickwire, a businessman and metal worker, was given a loom in trade for a job.  With this he invented (and patented) a way to weave wire into screens, such as window screens, screen cages to keep flies off food, and popcorn makers.  He became very wealthy, and he had this house built for his family - wife and two boys.  There are features any boy would love, including larger-than-life cranes in the front yard to sit on, a great staircase with bannister to slide down, a ballroom with turret room, and an attic observatory with windows over looking the town.

On the first floor, you find the fernery, which has a stained glass ceiling, now covered above with translucent plastic to prevent damage from weather or vandals.

There are also parlors, hall, dining room, library, kitchen and pantries.

The second floor has bedrooms and baths, including a really impressive shower.

The third floor has a ballroom billiard room and turret room.

The fourth floor is the observatory.

As you descend the stairs, you see the wonderful stained-glass and reverse-painted door.  The sturdy newel post kept kids from crashing to the floor as they slid down the bannister.

Only a few of the original furnishings remain.  The rest have been donated and are appropriate to the period, but not necessarily original with the family.

The inglenook under the stairs is beautifully done.

The butler's pantry has lots of storage, as well as a sink and counters to polish silver and glassware.

This must be helpful, too, for the folks who use this house for weddings and other receptions.

We had a great day!

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Pink and Purple 
June 6, 2000
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Animals hummingbirds
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Insects  - moth pictures - polyphemus
Hummingbird Moth
Oxford House
Tree Disaster
In Autumn    Before/After Exterior
July 98
Christmas 98
Liz/George Wedding
Wendy & Sam

Links to all the Baby pages for Frankie and Peri


Published 7/3/05
Photos by Leslie or David

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