“In all this region I have spoken of, to me, the paradise of all, for country places, and those are the most pleasant of any, is in Skaneateles, Onondaga County. Including the little villages and hamlets in this town, the lake by the same name, and the gently rolling slopes in the vicinity of the main river, Skaneateles outlet, I never saw so much perfect beauty in one town. It seems that the inhabitants must be immeasurably happy there.
“One reason for the beautiful appearance of the country here, is the fact of the highlands overlooking such an extent of territory, including so large a variety of scenery. Fairies must have had a hand in forming and polishing these beautifully rounded hills, and human industry has completed a picture of unsurpassed loveliness, a landscape of continuous and highly cultivated farms.”
— Eloise Miles Abbott in Personal Sketches and Recollections; in a Series of Familiar Letters to a Friend and Miscellaneous Essays (1861)