Erie Canal (the one we read about in school) in Lyons, Wayne County, NY

Erie Canal

One of the original locks from the original Erie Canal (not the barge canal), near Lock 28A in Lyons

The iron straps that lock the stones together are a testament to the technology of the times (between 1817 and 1825) and  the strength of the workers.

The iron straps that lock the stones together are a testament to the technology of the times (between 1817 and 1825) and the strength of the workers.

It's a piece of the old canal that no one bothered to fill in when they started building the barge canal in 1905.

It’s just a piece of the old canal that no one bothered to fill in when they started rearranging the original and then started building the barge canal in 1905.  The barge canal is much bigger, and part of it runs by this old piece of the original Erie (most of the barge canal in Lyons is on the other side of Rt 31).

House?  Warehouse?  Sitting right on the banks of the old lock; it must have been quite important in its day.

House? Warehouse? Sitting right on the banks of the old lock; it must have been quite important in its day.

One of the old steam-powered tugs.

One of the old steam-powered tugs.

Now the tugs are made from steel, not wood, and powered by diesel.

Now the tugs are made from steel, not wood, and powered by diesel.   And the blue-and-orange are just as ugly on the tugs as they are on our license plates!!!!  (What drugs was the Color Committee on when they chose blue and orange????)

Whooo Let the Buffalo Out (of Newark)?

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“Hey, give US a football!  We’ll show you how REAL buffalo do it!” said Bill, while taking a rest break from training at the camp in beautiful, not-so-downtown Wayne County, New York.

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yippie-yi-oh!

dogs

woof- woof, woof-woof-woof!

No pictures, please, getting ready for the big game!

No pictures, please, getting ready for the big game!

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“When the party was nice, the party was pumpin’. . . “

What'd you call me?  A flea-infested what?  You take that back, fool!

What’d you call me? A flea-infested what? You take that back, fool!

Lake Effect Snow (or, Why They Built Rt 104)

It’s the line that separates wimpy snow from real he-man snow, the kind that requires hip boots and 4-wheel drive and gives us the privilege of scoffing at anyone who runs out to buy milk, bread, and toilet paper when the weather people are forecasting up to 3 inches of snow. . .ya big wusses. . . WE know what REAL snow is!!!

Lake Effect Snow (or, Why They Built Rt 104)

. . . although I am ready for some lake effect SUN!!!!!!

About Walworth: We Recycle! (Houses)

around 1830s? (guessing here, the range of these houses tended to be from the mid-20s to the ’40s, with a few even into the early ’50s.

Nice little town, with a chicken barbecue every once in a while at the firehouse.

Western New York is known for their lovely old cobblestone homes, barns, and other structures, built from either smooth lake-washed cobbles or the more uneven field cobbles.   Most of the survivals are  in Wayne County.   Here is one such home, pristine and with a few tasteful improvements, in the Town of Walworth.

Good for plastic, glass, paper. . . not always the best thing for houses, though.

But in Walworth, something happened!  They decided to reduce, reuse, and recycle.   Go, Walworth!

But maybe recycling is not such a good idea for houses. . . look what can happen if you find
several houses you like, chop them up into parts, and then recycle them into one big happy (?) new house:

Move over you big white blob, you’re hogging the yard. And I was here first!

Why make do with a small house?  Why not have two small houses and stick them together, and get a nice, big house?  You could squish them side-by-side, like this one.   But you’ll always have a house that looks like it is two houses stuck together, kinda like conjoined twins from different eras, and there will be times when they just  won’t be feeling the love. . .

Who am I? Am I a post-Federal stone cottage? Or a gabled Victorian? And I have such a headache, must be all these turrets on my head. . . ow!!! But I sure am pretty, whatever I am (can you throw a few aspirin in the yard, please?)

Or, you could simply find another house and then stick it on top of your old house.  Of course, you may have to do the equivalent of lobectomy to get the two parts to stick together, and you might wind up with something a bit schizophrenic. . .

cold. . . cold. . colder. . . getting warm, nope cold again. . warmer, warmer, warmer–hot, hot hot! You found me, under the gable and behind the porch!

Play games with your house!  How about Old House Hide and Seek:  Feeling a little shabby about owning an old house?  You can always find a much bigger house, cut a hole in it, and drop it over your old stone house. . . no one would ever guess that you are hiding a venerable antique in between all the early 20th century clapboards and things!

Not that any of these things are necessarily bad.  All three of these houses look great, and I bet their families are pleased with their homes and quite happy that they were at least able to save pieces of old homes that would otherwise be torn down.  And there are worse things in life than reassembling chopped-up house parts:

“Betcha can’t find me!” said the old stone house

Remodelled or remuddled?  Unfortunately, there are some people who are not as proud of the past as they should be.  Instead of showing their houses off with pride, they try to make their old home “new” again, with new coverings (yup, they actually cover up their antique home.   Can you find the old house here?

Peek-a-Boo, I see you!

Give up?  (hint:  Look at the foundation, on the right)

Wouldn’t it be nice to unwrap that house someday!

Kinda hard to see from a distance, it all blends into one big pile o’ rocks.

Owner Knows Best:  Of course, you could be so totally ashamed of your old stone house that you update it–with–what else–more stone!  What could be better than the original old, red lake-smoothed stones?  Why, modern slim-cut siding on sale at Lowe’s!   Sometimes the old stones were actually gathered right at the lake, but since the lakeshore  has receded so much since ancient times, you can still find these lake-washed stones even 4-5 miles out from the shore  (the current Ridge Road is thought to be the ancient boundary of Lake Ontario).  Sorry, you will have to go to Palmyra to see this one, but it’s a nice little drive –until you see this stone-wrapped stone house.  Then you feel so bad about how this building was treated you  don’t feel like talking all the way home.

Better views up close, on the right and left wings:

The quoins are original. From what I can see, these look like they might be quarried stone (lime?) but sometimes you find them constructed from brick.

poor old house!