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