About: Wolcott, NY Land of Stupid with a Little Bit of Class

The Town of Wolcott, Wayne Country, Land of Stupid with a little bit of class.  It was settled in 1807 by a bunch of pioneers, who took a look around them, shuddered, and then packed up their wagons and went back home to Connecticut.  Then they  probably told all the people they didn’t like what a great place it was, which is what I guess accounts for all the Massachusetts families who ended up settling  in a town named for a Connecticut governor.

Beautiful Downtown Wolcott in Wayne County, NY, founded 1852,  re-founded in 1874 after a fire, re-re-founded in 1876 after another fire…you’d think at that point someone would have taken the matches away, but no.  They were re-re-re-founded in 1879 and re-re-re-re-founded again in 1884 before the citizens figured it was cheaper to buy a fire engine than it was to rebuild their downtown every few years.  So they finally raised some taxes, which was a really hard thing to do what with their stingy Calvinist New England upbringing and all,  but they sighed, handed over their cash, and bought one.  It sat around for a year or two until they had another fire, but after that Wolcott became less incendiary, and by 1913 it appeared that the town would no longer self-combust and might even be here to stay.   So, some rich guy rewarded them with this cool statue of a bare-breasted Venus with a light on her head and a couple of  little kids at her feet, trying to pull the rest of her clothes off.   It’s actually a water fountain, so if there is ever another fire. . .

Not exactly Village Gate material, but still pretty artsy, no?

Venus-Arising-From-the-Sea, in full frontal glory, standing on some fish, tormented by those perverted kids, and flanked by giant cigarette ads plastered on the wall of the old Hotel Wolcott.

From Scripophily.com:  The Lake Ontario Shore Rail Road Co. was chartered to be built from Suspension Bridge, New York to Oswego, New York in 1858. The Lake Ontario Shore Railroad Company was founded in Oswego on March 27, 1868. Work commenced in August of 1871 in Red Creek, New York. Tracks were open to Oswego, New York in 1873.   (http://scripophily.net/laonshraroco.html)

In Wayne County, if you aren’t a canal town, then you were certainly a railroad town. . . in fact, it was the rise of the railroads that sounded the death knell to canals.  Trains were faster, cheaper, and people made (and lost) all kinds of money in the certificate trade, even more than they did on canal notes.

Royal Empire, Teetle Farms, Lake Bluff Road, Wolcott

If you haven’t had one picked fresh from one of the lake area farms, you haven’t really ever had a good apple.


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