Marcena Sherman Ricker, M.D. was one of four well-known women doctors from the Castile area leading the way in the care of women and children in the late 1800s. Dr. … Continue reading Marcena Sherman Ricker, M.D. Personal Physician to Susan B. Anthony
Category: Western New York history
Hugh Wallis, Pioneer Pastor in the Genesee Country
The establishment of churches was high on the list of priorities when the Genesee Country opened to settlers in the early 1800s. The Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and Methodists all had … Continue reading Hugh Wallis, Pioneer Pastor in the Genesee Country
Tally Ho! Along the Genesee
Saddle leather creaks as riders test stirrups and cinches on snorting, stamping horses, their nostrils streaming out white breath in the frosty morning. Foxhounds mill anxiously near the Master of … Continue reading Tally Ho! Along the Genesee
The Fox Sisters – Early Rappers?
The Fox sisters, credited with the birth of Spiritualism in the United States, got their start in Hydesville, New York, once a hamlet in Wayne County, not far from Rochester. … Continue reading The Fox Sisters – Early Rappers?
Caroline Bishop, Letchworth State Park’s First Superintendent
One of William P. Letchworth’s final requests was for his longtime secretary, librarian, and executive assistant, Caroline Bishop, to become the first superintendent of Letchworth State Park, which was honored … Continue reading Caroline Bishop, Letchworth State Park’s First Superintendent
Lemuel M. Wiles, Genesee Country Artist
One of the Genesee Country’s finest artists grew up just outside the Village of Perry on Suckerbrook Road. If you take a drive out that way, you’ll find a historical … Continue reading Lemuel M. Wiles, Genesee Country Artist
Brush Strokes from the Past
Tucked along the shady banks of Wolf Creek in the village of Castile were the homes of two pairs of sisters—Annie and Jennie Myers and Frances and Jane Judson. Extraordinarily, … Continue reading Brush Strokes from the Past
It’s Fair Time!
August in Western New York means it’s time for county fairs. They are a long-established tradition in New York State that began as early as 1793. Generations of Western New … Continue reading It’s Fair Time!
Our Independence Day
As Independence Day approaches, we’re stepping back into the turbulent time of the Revolution. We’re so far removed from those days that the Boston Tea Party, the ride of Paul … Continue reading Our Independence Day
The Tale of Five Waterfalls—The Hamlet of Wiscoy, a/k/a Mixville
Many readers have likely enjoyed the beautiful Wiscoy Falls nestled in the Genesee River Valley between Fillmore and Portageville. Whether hiking, swimming, or fishing on the Wiscoy, the scenery is … Continue reading The Tale of Five Waterfalls—The Hamlet of Wiscoy, a/k/a Mixville