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Title:
Curiosities of the Finger Lakes : hidden ancient ruins, flying machines, the boy who caught a trout with his nose and more
Author:
Zimmer, Melanie.
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Publication Information:
Charleston : The History Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
157 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
"Interesting and unusual stories from around the Finger Lakes"--

"The Finger Lakes region is known for its beauty, but look carefully and you will discover some of New York's other abundant--and unusual--treasures. The cliffs of Excelsior Glen are scattered with ancient Indian pictographs, and Bluff Point conceals the ruins of an unknown civilization. The wine industry has its own strange stories; discover why one wine producer was banned from using his own name. Among the oddities of the Finger Lakes region are the world's largest pancake, a slice of Susan B. Anthony's seventy-eighth birthday cake and the anecdote of the boy who accidentally caught an eight-pound trout with his nose. Join author Melanie Zimmer and uncover these and other curiosities and strange tales of the Finger Lakes"--
Language:
English
Contents:
1. Stories of the Haudenosaunee -- Creation -- How the Seneca Indians Came to the Finger Lakes -- How Fire Came to the Haudenosaunee -- How the Pleiades Star Cluster Came to Be -- How Birds Obtained Their Songs -- The Little Man's Bow and Arrows -- Lacrosse : For the Pleasure of the Creator -- The Painted Rocks of Seneca Lake -- Queen Catherine and Her Sister, Queen Ester -- The Haudenosaunee as One of the Lost Tribes of Israel -- 2. Pre-Columbian Civilizations -- Ancient Indian Pictographs -- The Pre-Columbian Ruins at Bluff Point -- The Story of Surveyors Samuel Hart Wright and Berlin Hart Wright -- 3. A Bit of History -- The Origin of the Mennonites and Amish -- Slocum Howland and the Underground Railroad in Sherwood -- Susan B. Anthony's Birthday Cake -- The Great Agnostic : Robert Green Ingersoll -- The Mysterious Disappearance of the HMS Ontario -- 4. Fruit of the Vine -- Reverend Bostwick and the Introduction of Wine Grapes into the Finger Lakes -- The Strange Story of Walter S. Taylor -- 5. Inventions and Ideas -- Auburn Prison and the Electric Chair -- Flying Machines -- Willard Memorial Chapel : A Tiffany Treasure -- Theodore Case and the Invention of Sound-on-Film -- 6. The Spirit World -- The Legend of Buried Treasure at Indian Pines -- The Willard Asylum for the Insane -- Belhurst Castle -- Erie Mansion -- The 1890 House -- 7. Other Strange Tales -- The RIT Escherian Stairwell -- The Ghost Deer of Seneca Lake -- The World's Largest Pancake -- A Big Fish Story : Harry Morse and the Trout -- Conclusion.
ISBN:
9781626190924
Format :
Book

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The Finger Lakes region is known for its beauty, but look carefully and you will discover some of New York's other abundant--and unusual--treasures. The cliffs of Excelsior Glen are scattered with ancient Indian pictographs, and Bluff Point conceals the ruins of an unknown civilization. The wine industry has its own strange stories; discover why one wine producer was banned from using his own name. Among the oddities of the Finger Lakes region are the world's largest pancake, a slice of Susan B. Anthony's seventy-eighth birthday cake and the anecdote of the boy who accidentally caught an eight-pound trout with his nose. Join author Melanie Zimmer and uncover these and other curiosities and strange tales of the Finger Lakes.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 9
Introductionp. 13
1 Stories of the Haudenosaunee
Creationp. 15
How the Seneca Indians Came to the Finger Lakesp. 16
How Fire Came to the Haudenosauneep. 20
How the Pleiades Star Cluster Came to Bep. 23
How Birds Obtained Their Songsp. 24
The Little Man's Bow and Arrowsp. 26
Lacrosse: For the Pleasure of the Creatorp. 27
The Painted Rocks of Seneca Lakep. 28
Queen Catherine and Her Sister, Queen Esterp. 30
The Haudenosaunee as One of the Lost Tribes of Israelp. 34
2 Pre-Columbian Civilizations
Ancient Indian Pictographsp. 38
The Pre-Columbian Ruins at Bluff Pointp. 42
The Story of Surveyors Samuel Hart Wright and Berlin Hart Wrightp. 49
3 A Bit of History
The Origin of the Mennonites and Amishp. 53
Slocum Howland and the Underground Railroad in Sherwoodp. 57
Susan B. Anthony's Birthday Cakep. 58
The Great Agnostic: Robert Green Ingersollp. 60
The Mysterious Disappearance of the HMS Ontariop. 62
4 Fruit of the Vine
Reverend William Bostwick and the Introduction of Wine Crapes into the Finger Lakesp. 65
The Strange Story of Walter S. Taylorp. 69
5 Invention and Idea
Auburn Prison and the Electric Chairp. 76
Flying Machinesp. 82
Willard Memorial Chapel: A Tiffany Treasurep. 98
Theodore Case and the Invention of Sound-on-Filmp. 105
6 The Spirit World
The Legend of Buried Treasure at Indian Pinesp. 115
The Willard Asylum for the Insanep. 117
Belhurst Castlep. 121
Erie Mansionp. 123
The 1890 Housep. 131
7 Other Strange Tales
The RIT Escherian Stairwellp. 136
The Ghost Deer of Seneca Lakep. 137
The World's Largest Pancakep. 140
A Big Fish Story: Harry Morse and the Troutp. 142
Conclusionp. 147
Bibliographyp. 149
About the Authorp. 159

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