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LEROY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
23 East Main Street
Le Roy, New York 14482
Twenty four“tourists”joined the fall
trip to the Lower Hudson Heritage
region for a three day excursion to
historic sites and the Sleepy Hollow
Cemetery. The bus left LeRoy in time
to arrive in Elmira for a quick lunch at
The Spot Restaurant, but not before
we all had a good look at the dev-
astation left behind after the food-
ing in the Southern Tier. Downtown
Owego was particularly hard hit, and
all along the way, people's belong-
ings were piled up at the curb side or
huge roll offs were in the driveway.
The frst night’s schedule included
a lantern tour of historic Sleepy Hol-
low Cemetery. We all agreed that
we would have enjoyed it more if
we had started the tour before it
turned dark, but it still was informa-
tive. The next morning it was off to
the Bartow-Pell house in the Bronx.
The huge estate was once owned by
Herman LeRoy and is now the only
remaining early 19th Century estate
overlooking Pelham Bay. The site is
now operated by the Parks Depart-
ment of New York City.
For lunch we were scheduled to
be on Island City. Unfortunately we
weren’t too sure that the bus could
pass under the only bridge to the
island, but once that dilemma was
solved it was back on schedule for
a visit to Lyndhurst overlooking the
Hudson River. This mansion is owned
by the National Historic Trust and is
considered one of the best examples
of Gothic Revival architecture in the
United States.
After a phenomenal tour, with the
education director, Ira Stein, we dis-
covered that the staff was expect-
ing layoffs the next day. Much to
our chagrin, we learned later that
the Director, and several other staff
members, including Ira, were laid off
by the National Trust, certainly put-
Fall Trip Becomes a Memorable Experience
ting the future of this wonderful site
in question.
The next morningwe visited Kykuit,
the Rockefeller mansion, which
houses the modern art collection of
Nelson Rockefeller. The tour ended
all too soon, but then it was on to the
last visit at Phillipsburg Manor, a liv-
ing history 18th Century site owned
by Historic Hudson Valley. In the af-
ternoon everyone was back on the
bus for the trip back home. Plans will
be underway for a trip in the spring
of 2012.
Note–
manyapologies for themixup
with the last newsletter. A revisedmail-
ing list was sent to the Pennysaver, but
it did not include the life membership.
The mistake was noticed al-
most twoweeks later,and
additional copies were
printed and mailed out.