Volume XXIII
Number 4
2012
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continued on page 5)
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East Main Street • Le Roy, New York 14482
Barn Quilt Update
On October 6, the LeRoy Barn
Quilt Project was recognized by the
Genesee-Orleans Arts Council with
a Community Arts Award, which was
presented at a gala at Terry Hills.
The most recent count puts the
total of barn quilts at 120 and count-
ing. If the fall weather holds, a few
more quilts will be painted on the
back porch before it turns too cold.
Maps for the Barn Quilt Trail have
been so popular, that we have had to
print 2,000 more. The maps are avail-
able at many sites in LeRoy, including
Crocker’s Ace Hardware, the Town
Hall, the Jell-O Gallery, The Hobby
Horse, LeRoy Credit Union, D&R De-
pot Restaurant, the Farm Market,
Magnolia’s Antique Shop, Genesee
Country Campground and Timber-
line Campground.
For several weeks we offered bus
tours with the help of Wilcox Bus
Company. Everyone enjoyed hear-
ing the stories about the barns, the
quilts and the people who painted
them. Other bus tours are being of-
fered upon request. The bus seats 15
people. An hour tour cost $130 and
can be scheduled by calling the of-
fice at 585-768-7433. Included in this
newsletter is additional information
about quilts that were not included
on the first map.
The Way of Life
in 1812
As LeRoy’s Bicentennial year comes
to a close, it might be interesting to
read a diary account that was made
at that time. Although there are no
diary accounts from 1812, the follow-
ing excerpts are from 1814 and are
included in a small book
FromYouth
to Seventy andWhat I Saw by theWay”
written in 1894, by George Tomlin-
son. Unfortunately, Tomlinson does
not indicate who wrote the diary.
Buttermilk Falls (now LeRoy)
Jan 16, 1814
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A wolf got into our
sheep pen last night and killed one
sheep and bit several badly. Isaac
heard a noise and rushed out in time
to shoot the wolf– he always keeps
his rifle loaded.
February 1
One of our oxen lost
a horn this evening. The boys were
cutting trees to browse the cattle
and the ox came along just it time to
be caught by the falling tree. We had
no hay for four weeks, yet our cattle
do well on the browse and the little
dry stuff they find along the stream.
March15
Leeks and other wood
plants have started so that we have
to eat no more trees for fodder. Our
cows are rather thin we ought to
have dried them off in January but
could not spare the milk. The other
cattle and sheep look well.
March 20
My husband and
Mr. Smith went hunting today and
brought home a deer. We have had
no meat but venison, a few partiridg-
es and what we saved from the sheep
which the wolf killed, since last Octo-
ber. A bear carried off our hogs in No-
vember and the foxes caught all the
chickens that the hawks had left.
April 6
Received the first money
we have had in six months; sold to a
newcomer three bushels of wheat for
three shillings and nine pence per
bushel and two fox skins and a quar-
ter of venison for two dollars.
April 15
Heavy rain last night put
out the fire and wet the punk. Had to
to toMr.Smith’s to borrowfire. Gener-
ally we kindle a fire, when it goes out,
with a flint and steel but wet punk is
a dead set.
May 20
Commenced to darn and
spin today. Our ten sheep sheared
thirty five pounds of wool. Had made
the pulled wool into stocking yarn.
May 25
Had company, used the
last of the half pound of tea we got
when James was born; he will be two
in July.
June 10
Have had a very dry time;
set the slashing on fire; it is now burn-
ing finely.
July 25
Finished cutting our three
acres of wheat. Isaac cut his little fin-
ger badly with his sickle. It took five
days to cut his wheat.