When She is Mute

When She is Mute
A relief sculpture of a woman and child in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. This striking neoclassical relief is dedicated to Olive Belden Wigglesworth, who died at the age of 35. The inscription above her head, “Ad Rem”, means “to the point (or purpose)” or “relevant”.

Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.
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White Lake Mansion House

White Lake Mansion House
White Lake, New York, is just a few miles from the farm where the famous Woodstock Music Festival was held in 1969. Visitors would have driven past this grand 1848 Greek Revival hotel, one of the oldest in Sullivan County. Today it sits abandoned, another landmark from a time when the Catskills served as a popular vacation spot for wealthy residents of New York City. As recently as 2015, a developer wanted to demolish the storied structure, but it remains.

Further Reading:
The Opulent White Lake Mansion House
White Lake Mansion House – My View
White Lake Mansion House Ruins

Where Stone is Unscarred

Where Stone is Unscarred
Wreath carved on the white marble headstone for Mary King Wheeler (1828-1876), wife of William A. Wheeler (1819-1887), a Republican US Congressman and vice president under President Rutherford B. Hayes, in Morningside Cemetery off Raymond Street and U.S. Route 11 in the town of Malone, Franklin County, New York. It’s incredibly detailed and must have taken a skilled hand to carve.

Dan’s Diner in Chatham, New York

Dan’s Diner, at 1005 NY-203 in Chatham, New York, is a 1925 O’Mahony. Owner Dan Rundell purchased this dilapidated diner in 1993 in Durham, Connecticut (where it was called Moe’s Diner or the Durham Diner) and spent 12 years restoring it to its former glory. A photo album in the diner tells the story, but I’m sure its proprietor would be happy to share. The ornate lattice in the windows is very classy.

Look for a new diner every Tuesday in 2019! Click to expand photos.

Diner Resources

Pine Cleaners Inc. Warehouse

Pine Cleaners Inc.
Pine Cleaners Inc. at 237 Franklin Street in Watertown, New York. Established in 1989. Not sure if it’s still in operation – building looks abandoned. I experimented with a long exposure time for this night photo, at ISO 80 and a shutter speed of 5 seconds. This allowed my camera to capture rich color and detail with virtually no noise.

For Every Leaf that Falls

For Every Leaf That Falls
Memorial to Maj. Gen. Edwin Vose “Bull” Sumner (1797-1863) in Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, next to Syracuse University, in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.
Sumner was born in Boston and became the oldest Union general in the American Civil War. He commanded the II Corps in the Army of the Potomac and fought at several major battles, including Antietam and Fredericksburg, and earned the nickname “bull” because of a legend that a bullet bounced off his head. He died of illness in Syracuse, NY in 1863.

Oakwood Cemetery was designed by landscape architect Howard Daniels and opened in 1859. It is a secular Victorian “rural” or “garden” style cemetery where over 60,000 people are interred in 160 wooded acres.