Skaneateles, 1841

“Passed down and around the foot of the lake, and through the village of Skaneateles; the main street very broad; the dwelling homes and public buildings ornamented; variously formed, exhibiting a variety of taste; painted white; the ends of the buildings set to the street; ornamented with green shrubbery. We passed up on the other side of the lake. In my opinion, such a beautiful scene is seldom to be found; the smooth, clear lake, without any marshy ground, and the moderately elevated and fertile ascent from the water’s edge abounding with a variety of fruit trees and evergreens, with very splendid country seats, might delight a mind at liberty to muse and feast upon the glories of this world, that must soon fade away; but I did not feel at liberty to indulge therein…”

— “Memoranda of William Kennard” from July 1841, printed in The Friend: A Religious and Literary Journal (1893). Kennard was a Quaker from Ohio who was “set at liberty” to visit Society of Friends meetings in New York in 1841.


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