Yesterday’s journey took Mark and I along New York State Routes 5 & 20. On any given summer day, one need only stand along this route a few minutes before seeing countless recreational vehicles traveling past. Although Route 5 and Route 20 separate here and there, they also run together in many places. And, they are very, very scenic routes, indeed!
We traveled eastward, through Canandaigua, Geneva, Waterloo, and on to a small town called Seneca Falls. Since we kept on traveling east, we didn’t stop to take any photos, but on our return trip towards home, Mark did pull off for a few minutes.
We circled around the back of the town and crossed over a bridge. From the bridge, we could see the backs of the beautiful little shops and businesses along Main Street.
We went back down Main Street and took a turn that leads down to the waterway below. This waterway is called the Seneca-Cayuga Waterway, connecting two large Finger Lakes, Cayuga and Seneca, together. It also connects to the Erie Canal.
Across the water stands the Seneca Knitting Mills building which was built in 1844. It stands as a reminder of the American Industrial Revolution.
A tiny park overlooks the water as well, called People’s Park. The trees and gazebo were still decked in their Christmas holiday decor and just added an air of festivity to this beautiful little area!
Unfortunately, Mark and I were in a bit of a hurry to get back home, and I didn’t take any photos of the shops on Main Street. What a disappointment, but my back was getting stiff!
I also forgot to say that as we had moved east out of the town, Mark and I were awestruck at the mansions. One after another after another. These homes were mainly very large brick homes that stand as a tribute to a very wealthy community! Many of them are still in beautiful shape, but some have become run down. All of this caused me to do some research on Seneca Falls.
I was not surprised to find out that Seneca Falls was once the “pump capital of North and South America”. They have been known for Gould Pumps forever! Goulds makes pumps for everything from home well pumps to commercial pumps.
Seneca Falls is also known as the home of the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. This was the first women’s rights convention held in the US and some major benefits for women were birthed here. The fact is, Seneca Falls is quite an historical little community, indeed!
One of the facts I had somehow missed along the way, however, is that the movie It’s a Wonderful Life seems to have some close ties to Seneca Falls! (how could I have missed this?) It is a well published fact that Frank Cappa, who directed the movie, passed through Seneca Falls on a trip to visit his brother. For a short read on this, click here. My blog friend, Jackie in Glasgow , recently saw a Christmas time showing of this movie, and I was thrilled to find this information about a little town only a short drive from us, to tell her!
As we traveled along the route, there were more and more surprises awaiting us. I am making all sorts of notes on things to do, and places to visit. This is such an amazing ride! We eventually ended up in the town of Auburn, which is also full of rich American history. How I wish I could have seen some of these areas as a youngster to make New York history much more “alive”!
I will show one more photo….
As we drove through a region called the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge we spotted some huge nests sitting on top of power line towers.
I am not familiar enough to ascertain whether this is an Eagle or Osprey nest, but there are four more along the road! I was so excited to see this. In reading information about the wildlife refuge, I added this to the list of places I need to go!
Wow! It seems like New York State is growing larger and larger as I find more things to see and do!
Oh, if you might have been wondering….Our kids went on a Winter Retreat with one of their church groups. I cannot even begin to imagine how cold it must have been for them and the *best* part is, they had no indoor bathrooms! hehehe My kids found out all about the ole outhouse! We had dropped them off at 4:30 on Friday and picked them up shortly after 1 pm today. They looked fine, but Michelle wanted a hot shower and her BED! I would think they must have had a ball!