Friday, November 6, 2009

Skaneateles

Skaneateles even has nice lights. Some of these photos might repeat from the last trip here.


This cemetery is on the edge of town.



If I was going to be buried I think I would want to spent eternity here.


This is the historic Sherwood Inn. It was built in 1807 for Issac Sherwood and used as a tavern and a mail depository. Mr. Sherwood gained so many postal routes that the Post Office paid him $60,000 a year from 1883 to 1837. An incredible fortune for that time.



Even the water company building is attractive.


A shot down the main street.



This house was built in 1816. Notice the beautiful Salem doorway, with its elliptical transom for light over the door and the side lights. It is now owned by a sweet guy named Frankie, who runs a Christmas/gift shop on the first floor.


Click to read the sign.


Hehe.



This building, now a florist shop, was erected in 1827, and used as a general store.


St. James Episcopal Church was built in 1873. The expanse of ground is Thayer Park.


The Thayer House. The owner's originally owned the land across from this house along the lake. The land was donated to the city and named Thayer park in the late 1800's.


Click to enlarge.



This is the view across the lake from the park.



The Thayer House has elaborate, ornate ironwork.



The name Skaneateles is said to be derived from an Indian word meaning "long lake". However, many will tell you that Skaneateles (skinny-atlas) comes from a word meaning "beautiful sleeping squaw". The Onondaga Indians named it this as they looked down on the tranquil blue waters while standing on the hills to the south.

*Tomorrow I will show you more homes from this charming town.

10 comments:

Pricilla said...

Such a beautiful place. I can see why you keep going back.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oooo, I love Frankie's house!

Autumnforest said...

Okay, that Thayer House is to die for! Wow! I love the town name. I'd probably have been 30 before I learned to spell it if I grew up there.

clairedulalune said...

I wanna live here! Oh isn't it lovely! I would love to see the Thayer house! I wait with a smiling face to see the next post!

Laura said...

It is so beautiful there. I would love to live somewhere like that, where people appreciate the old homes and small towns...
blessings
~*~

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

That town is almost to pretty to exist :-) It must appere in many movies I guess.
Have a great day now!
Christer.

The Frog Queen said...

What an amazig place! I just love this virtual tour you have us on!! :D So much fun.

Thanks so much for having us along for the ride!

Cheers!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Thank you for taking us on a tour. What a nice place.

Coffee is on.

Rue said...

Love, love, love the buildings! I would be happily buried at that cemetary too - charming!

William Bezek said...

Nice post of a pretty little town. I'm a huge fan of architecture, thanks for the house pics. That "elliptical transom" is called a fanlight and is de rigueur for colonial homes.