"Skaneateles is certainly one of the gems of the Finger Lakes, especially when viewed from points near its southern end. Here, the closeness and steepness of the trough walls create the impression of a glacial fjord, and the unique, greenish tint of its clear water further enhances the image because it so resembles ocean water in appearance." (From Roadside Geology of New York by Bradford B. Van Diver, Mountain Press, 1985, p. 203.)
Alternate spellings in historical literature: Skaneatelis, Skaneatles, Skanetelas, Skaneatlas, Skaneatelas, Skaneatele, Skan-e-a-ties, Skeh-ne-a-ties (Onondaga for Long Lake).
- Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) - Library of Congress collection of measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 35,000 historic structures and sites dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. Search by keyword or browse by subject or geographic location. Skaneateles locations, with photographs, are listed below. Unless otherwise indicated all photographs were taken by Gilbert Ask in April 1963:
- Alfred Lamb House - Franklin Street. Side view showing carved vergeboard.
- Benoit Lee Law Office (The Sphinx), Skaneateles Public Library
- Community Place -725 Sheldon Road
- District School Number 17 - West Lake Road. Walter H. Cassebeer, Photographer July 1936
- Dr. Benedict House - 43 State Street
- Freeborn Jewett Mansion - 11 Genesee Street
- Legg Hall - Genesee Street.
- Loveless House - 77 Jordan Street. Front, showing corbelled eaves.
- Meetinghouse of the Skaneateles Baptist Society - State Street
- Merriam House - 98 West Genesee Street, view from southeast. M. E. Granger, Photographer, March 29, 1934. "The house now owned by Mrs. Thomas Merriam was built in 1815. It was built for Nichols Thorne by Peter Thompson, the head carpenter. The main part was added to a simple structure at the rear which was built on land purchased by Mr. John Briggs in 1806. In 1824 General La Fayette called at the Thorne Home. Helen Gillispie, Author." Accompanied by eight drawings, possibly by C.E. Hungerford, of Syracuse NY, April 7, 1934.
- Reuel Smith House - 28 West Lake Road. Jack Boucher, photographer, 1962. Includes the architect's original drawings, 1849.
- Richard Dezeng House - West Lake Road
- Small Jewett House - 81 Genesee Street
- National Association for Olmsted Parks - The Olmsted Research Guide Online is a database "that will index the 150,000 Olmsted landscape plans and drawings and other archival materials housed at Fairsted, the firm's former headquarters in Brookline, Massachusetts, and the 500,000 pages of related correspondence housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C." Database consists of descriptions only - you do no have access to the actual documents. See also Olmsted Associates Papers (Library of Congress) and Olmsted Associates: A Register of Its Records in the Library of Congress. Skaneateles properties:
- Lone Oak Estate (Loanoak), property of C. D. Beebe, Skaneateles (1907-1908)
- Flora Smith, Skaneateles, 1926
- National Register of Historic Places: Onondaga County
- Brook Farm - 2870 W. Lake Road, Skaneateles. Architects: Hulburt Loss and Charles Platt.
- Community Place - 725 Sheldon Road, Skaneateles. Build by Elijah Cole.
- James Fuller and Lydia Canning House - West Genesee Street, Skaneateles. Built by Peter Thompson, Peter and John Billing.
- The Willetts and The Boulders - Kihm Winship, from his blog Skaneateles: The character and characters of a lakeside village
- Architectural Firms & Builders
- Janice Miller Architects - 4361 Jordan Rd, Skaneateles, NY 13152 (315-685-0641)
- Ramsgard Architectural Design - Skaneateles
- Tugley Wood Timberframing - Trumansburg
- Useful web-based resources for locating art and artists include:
- Getty Union List of Artist Names
- Getty Provenance Databases
- SIRIS-Smithsonian Institution Research Information System - Use the following subject headings: Landscape - New York
- National Portrait Gallery Portrait Search
- Library of Congress Authorities
- Dreamhouse - Written, produced and directed by Kevin Hicks and filmed on the southern end of Skaneateles Lake. See Production Stills.
- Lucas Gallery - 33 Jordan Street, Skaneateles (315-291-3116)
- Skaneateles Arts Council
- Skaneateles Talk - Chris and Cary Briel
- John D. Barrow Art Gallery - Barrow (1824 - 1906) was a second generation Hudson River School style painter. The Art Gallery is located in the Skaneateles Library. See also "A conservation strategy for a static non-funded collection: the John D. Barrow Art Gallery" by Susan S. Blakney, The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works: preprints of papers presented at the sixteenth annual meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1-5, 1988. Rosenberg, Sarah Z. (Editor). American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (1988), pp. 25-37, [English]. The article is abastracted in AATA (Abstracts of Internatinal Conservation Literature) Online: "This paper relates the historical background of John D. Barrow, his gallery, and the ongoing tactics employed to save the deteriorating collection."
- Charles Loring Elliott (1812-1868) - Portrait and landscape painter
- West Lake Conservators - Skaneateles. Has a list of Finger Lakes Artists
- Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America - You can browse by state or zip code.
- Bixler Press & Letterfoundry - Skaneateles. "Our shop is devoted to the book arts, particularly the craft of fine letterpress printing and traditional book typography." With Type Specimens of our English Monotype Typefaces and Miscellaneous Monotype Borders & Ornaments. See Making books in Mottville by Ellen Leahy, The Skaneateles Press , November 19-25, 2003, , vol. 173, week 47.
- Black Lawrence Press - Watertown
- Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza - Albany bookstore has a good collection of New York State Regional Books.
- Book Sale Finder: New York - Gives dates and other details about used book sales run by libraries and non-profit groups
- Creekside Books & Coffee - 35 Fennell St, Skaneateles, (315-685-0379)
- Heart of the Lakes Publishing - Interlaken.
- Hope Farm Press - Regional history publisher has over over 2000 books on all regions of New York State.
- Purple Mountain Press - Hard-to-find books about New York State
- Syracuse University Press
- Anyela's Vineyards - 2433 Lake Road (41A) (315-685-3797). Owned by James E. Nocek of Auburn. See Permit Sought for Winery in Skaneateles, by Jerry Rosen, Syracuse Post Standard, November 17, 2006.
- Committee to monitor water quality, weed buildup - By Robert Werner, Skaneateles Journal, January 17, 2007. "Phosphorus levels in Skaneateles Lake are by far the lowest of any of the Finger Lakes, but small increases in phosphorus can lead to relatively large increases in algal populations, which could cause a decline in water clarity and ultimately decrease oxygen in the deeper strata of the lake."
- Companies Search for Natural Gas: Tapping Cortland Area's Potential - By Evan Geibel, Cortland Standard, May 1, 2007. "The Cortland County Clerk's Office has records of 1,805 leases for oil and gas exploration, involving at least seven companies and gong back to 1997." Companies mentioned in the article include Fortuna Energy Inc., based in Horseheads, New York and Chesapeake Energy Corp., based in Oklahoma City, which has subcontracted work to Dawson Geophysical Co. Among those quoted in the article are Robert Darling, Professor of Geology at SUNY Cortland, and John Gordon from Dawson Geophysical Co., a SUNY Cortland graduate. See also the following:
- Natural Gas Drilling: Is New York Ready? - by Ilya Marritz, WNYC, July 22, 2008. "The culprit is a practice called hydraulic fracturing. It's never been done much in New York. But it's the only way to get gas out of the Marcellus Shale. Basically the driller blasts the bottom of the well shaft with water, sand, and chemicals, under very high pressure in order to free up the gas. Hydrofracking demands a huge amount of water of water – up to six million gallons per well."
- New York's Gas Rush Poses Environmental Threat - by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica: Journalism in the Public Interest, July 22, 2008. "In New Mexico, oil and gas drilling that uses waste pits comparable to those planned for New York has already caused toxic chemicals to leach into the water table at some 800 sites. Colorado has reported more than 300 spills affecting its ground water."
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's five part report - New York's Natural Gas and Oil Resource Endowment consisting of:
Past, Present and Potential (Part 1),
New York's Oil and Natural Gas History: A Long Story, But Not the Final Chapter (Part 2),
Rediscovering the Most Mature Hydrocarbon Region in the World (Part 3),
The Future: New York's Remaining Natural Gas and Oil Resource Potential (Part 4) and Capturing the Benefits from New York's Natural Oil and Gas Resource Endowment (Part 5).
Pennsylvania has also been targeted for drilling as part of the Marcellus Shale Formation. See:
- Top Local Stories: Natural Gas drilling Blog - Times Tribune, July 16, 2008. "Two Texas-based natural gas drilling companies, four Lycoming County creeks and 7 million gallons of water added up to a public lesson in state gas drilling regulations. The companies, Chief Oil and Gas and Range Resources — Appalachia, were cited by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission on May 30 for drawing 4 million and 3 million gallons of water, respectively, from creeks to use in their drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale. Those citations led to a wave of new actions: The following week, the River Basin Commission notified 23 natural gas operators in the Susquehanna watershed — which stretches from Indiana County to Lackawanna County — that if they did not have permits to draw large amounts of water from streams, they would be considered in “willful noncompliance” with the interstate commission’s regulations."
- Gas wells a mixed blessing on property: Lucrative leasing deals are possible for area residents. Negatives: Noise, pollution - By Rory Sweeney, Times Leader, July 14, 2008. "That excitement could quickly wane if problems crop up or owners are unprepared for the realities of drilling. Unlike other unconventional gas sources, shale wells produce consistently over three decades, so well sites are more or less permanent. Even after sites are reclaimed, some infrastructure is left behind. Also, because gas is transported nationally through lines that are more compressed than regional distribution lines, noisy compression stations will need to be installed in what are otherwise bucolically quiet locales. Then there's the potential to unearth radioactive materials, acid-producing minerals and deplete water resources. In fact, after concerns arose about the amount of water necessary to drill a well, the state Department of Environmental Protection included an addendum to its drilling permit that addresses water usage and is specific to Marcellus shale."
- Pennsylvania loses out in natural gas drilling - by David Falchek, Times Tribune, July 6, 2008. "Yet, a key tax on oil, natural gas and mineral removal that has raised billions in public revenue in other states doesn’t exist in Pennsylvania. In the Keystone State, oil and gas exploration companies and their landowner partners are given a big pass.”
- Notes from the Countryside Gas leasing explored once more by Mary Felley, Times Leader, July 2, 2008.
- Pa. legislator introduces shale-related bill, Star-Gazette, June 12, 2008. "The Marcellus Shale is a large natural gas-bearing shale formation in the Appalachian Basin. It is estimated the deposit contains recoverable natural gas reserves of between 50 trillion and 200 trillion cubic feet. As a result a number of gas development companies have been attracted to Pennsylvania."
- Natural Gas Exploration and Leasing created by Ken Ballie of Penn State Cooperative Extension. There are photographs of drilling site of Ultra Energy in Tioga County.
- Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
- The Pennsylvania Gas Rush - WPSU
- Not everyone will benefit from natural gas by Josh Mrozinksi, Wyoming County Press Examiner, April 23, 2008. "The analyst noted that the value of an acre could reach $20,000-$40,000 if the Marcellus proves to be as prolific as believed."
- Gas Rush Sparks Environmental Concerns - Endeavor News, June 21, 2008. "Developing the Marcellus Shale formation requires significant amounts of fresh water. Drilling rigs each require one to three million gallons of water and produce a similar amount of waste.
Companies are exempt from federal laws requiring disclosure about additives to water, called "frac' fluid," injected into wells to fracture the Marcellus and release natural gas.
It also is hard to know what comes out of the ground -- salt, metals and radioactive particles -- that may differ from site to site."
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County - They have a page for the Skaneateles Lake Watershed
- DEC official: It might require special legislation to keep wild boar off the state's landscape - By David Figura, Syracuse Post-Standard, September 06, 2011. "New York trapped and removed 44 feral swine in Cortland and Onondaga counties in 2008 and 2009, but that effort ended when the state's budget got tight. Now authorities are working to build public awareness of the problem and encourage people to report sightings, as well as urging hunters with small-game licenses to shoot them, any time of year." There is a photography of Joe Watkins as he "stands next to a wild boar that he shot on Saturday near his home in the Cortland County town of Scott. The boar had one-inch tusks and weighed about 475 pounds. It's being held up by a backhoe."
- Our Lake
- Finger Lakes Land Trust - With information on Protected Lands including the Bahar Nature Preserve and High Vista Preserve on Skaneateles Lake.
- Land Trust acquires prized land near Skaneateles Lake - Ithaca Journal, May 4, 2007.
- Land Trust buys nearly 30 acres for ‘Jug Path’ area near Skaneatles Lake, Carpenter’s Falls - Ithaca Journal, May 1, 2007.
- Lover of lake, who shall remain nameless, donates $100,000 - By Matt Michael, Syracuse Post Standard, August 12, 2007."The donor made the pledge as a challenge grant, meaning he or she will contribute the $100,000 once the Skaneateles Lake Milfoil Eradication Corp. raises $100,000 from other donors."
- Middle Devonian Coral Beds of Central New York - By William A. Oliver, Jr., American Journal of Science, Vol 249, October, 1951, pp. 705-728. See also the Paleobiology Database: Locality 4, Borodino Landing, Peppermill Gulf bed, Centerfield Member, Ludlowvil: Givetian, New York; A New Coral Bed in the Hamilton Group (Middle Devonian) of Central New York by Thomas X. Grasso, Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 42, No. 1 (Jan., 1968), pp. 84-87; Geology of New York (four volumes) by William Williams Mather (1804-1859), Ebenezer Emmons (1799-1863), Lardner Vanuxem (1792-1848) and James Hall (1811-1898). Albany: Printed by Carroll & Cook, printers to the Assembly, 1842-43. James Hall attended the Rensselaer School and studies under Amos Eaton. Biographical information about Hall can be found in "James Hall, Founder of American Stratigraphy", Science: A Weekly Journal Devoted to the Advancement of Science, Honors to James Hall at Buffalo, Vol. IV, no. 98, November 13, 1896, pp. 697-717. This article can be located in Google Books (the original was from Harvard University) by searching Survey of the fourth geological district by James Hall. Searches for "", "Skaneateles shales", "rugose corals", "Burnett Smith" and "John W. Wells" are also fruitful. There was a Special James Hall issue in the Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society, edited by Robert H. Fakundiny & Ellis L. Yochelson, Volume 6, Number 1, 1987 which contained James Hall and the Products of his Factory; in Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the New York State Geological Survey by Robhert H. Fakundiny.
- Invasive Species in the Skaneateles Lake area
- Invasive Plant Council of New York State - Gregg Sargis is the contact for the Finger Lakes region: (585)546-8030 email@example.com. They provide images or links to images of invasive plants, including Black Swallow-wort.
- Black Swallow Wort (Cynanchum louiseae),
- Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
- Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum)
- Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum)
- Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris)
- Pale swallow-wort (Vincetoxicum rossicum syn. Cynanchum rossicum). See also Swallow-worts: Increasingly Problematic Exotic Vines in NY State from the Weed Ecology Lab at Cornell. "Two non-native invasive plant species have been identified as particularly noxious in New York State are pale and black swallow-wort, two long-lived vines in the Milkweed Family. These two species have wreaked havoc in both natural and semi-natural areas of the State necessitating the expenditure of substantial sums of money and resources annually for their control. Especially hard hit have been Christmas tree growers, pasture land owners, and natural areas managers, but recently, private landowners have seen depreciation in land values because of swallow-wort infestations. These two species are also a serious threat to Monarch butterflies because alth'ough their eggs are laid on the plants, the immature stages of these butterflies cannot develop on these plants and eventually resulting in death. Focused research on better understanding the biology and ecology, including the rate of spread of these species in NY State is needed if successful long-term control is to be achieved." (From Providing long-term control of two invasive vines in New York state
- Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
- Zebra Mussels (Dreissena polymorpha)
- Lake house is gold, according to green fans - By Tim Knauss, Syracuse Post Standard, May 16, 2007. Built by Kevin Stack of Northeast Natural Homes and designed by architect Andy Ramsgard for John and Elet Callahan, the house was certified at the "gold level" by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System of the U.S. Green Building Council.
- Land Trust Seeks Highland Protection: Report Calls Skaneateles Lake a 'Shining Jewell' - By Tom Wanamaker, Cortland Standard, October 26, 2009, p. 1. "The highlands surrounding the south end of Skaneateles Lake offer a stunning rural landscape featuring forests, streams, wetlands and waterfalls along with a relatively undeveloped shoreline."
- New York Flora Atlas (NYFA) - "Joint effort between the New York Flora Association, the New York Natural Heritage Program, the New York State Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and other partner herbaria with the goal to provide users with a comprehensive searchable database of the vascular and non-vascular plants of New York State." Lists plants by county.
- Skaneateles Lake - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Skaneateles Lake Milfoil Eradication Corporation
- Skaneateles Lake Watershed - Provides information on Aquatic Plant Management and Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophlyllum spicatum).
- Skaneateles Lake. Public Lake Access: An Analytical Perspective - 61 page pdf document published by the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
- Tri-County Skaneateles Lake Pure Water Association
- Snow Geese [Video] - "Taken Tuesday March 15th at around 2pm off west lake road in Skaneateles. Video by Marianne Angelillo."
- Truck Traffic
- Paterson tells DOT to curb trash haulers' upstate shortcuts - AP, Syracuse Post Standard, May 12, 2008. "Gov. David Paterson has told state transportation officials to develop regulations that would prevent trash haulers from exiting interstate highways to take shortcuts through rural upstate towns."
- Paterson sets Skaneateles atwitter - By Debra J. Groom, Syracuse Post Standard, May 10, 2008. "Gov. David Paterson is planning "a very positive" announcement Monday morning in Skaneateles concerning the tractor-trailer garbage truck problem in the Finger Lakes."
- Problems with Truck Traffic - WTVH News, August 14, 2007. "Nearly 3-hundred of them a day carry New York City garbage through places such as Otisco, Onondaga, Marcellus and Skaneateles, on the way to the Seneca Landfill....Now they discovered there's a clause in the contracts for about a third of the downstate garbage haulers that stops them from cutting through environmentally sensitive areas, such as Skaneateles Lake, which provides water for Onondaga County."
- Landfill expansion prompts concern - By Jessica Soule, Auburn Citizen, May 22, 2007.
- Skaneateles board backs truck task force - By Shane M. Liebler, Auburn Citizen, January 9, 2007. "The proposed law would confine trucks hauling hazardous materials, including municipal waste, to Interstates 81 and 90. New York Senator Charles Schumer has also proposed the Department of Transportation require all states to establish truck routes." See also Task force en route to take trucks off roads by Shane M. Liebler, Skaneateles Journal, January 17, 2007.
- US Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo Region Provides access to Permit Applications Received for 2003 to the present including July 2005, June 2005, May 2005, and April 2005.
- Waller v. State (144 N.Y. 579) - 1895. See also Fitzgerald v. State of New York, 122 App. Div. 306 (1907) November 13, 1907. "... water rose above high water mark as established by the State to such an extent that a stone wall erected by claimant along the easterly side of his premises upon the shore of said lake was washed out and destroyed."
- Skaneateles board backs truck task force
- Antique & Classic Boat Show - Skaneateles.
- Skaneateles Festival - Five weeks of summer chamber music, chamber orchestra and children's concerts
- Skaneateles Labor Day Race Weekend
- Fishing Spring 2011 - Story and accompanying videos by Dave Figura, Syracuse Post Standard, April, 2011 include interviews with fisherman on Grout Brook and and Skaneateles Lake.
- Gone Fishin: The 100 Best Spots in New York (1999) - By Ronald Lawrence Bern and Manny Luftglass. You can search inside the book at Amazon.com. "Skaneateles has been called the "real sleeper" among the Finger Lakes for outstanding fishing quality. Often overshadowed by the reputations of nearby Seneca and Cayuga Lakes – both significantly larger and better known – Skaneateles is itself a superb fishery, especially for trout and land-locked salmon....Skaneateles provides fishing to satisfy almost any interest and inclination. Anglers find fabulous fishing for brown and rainbow trout, especially near shore in early spring and late fall" (p. 46)
- Grout Brook Public Fishing Rights Areas
- A June Angler's Treat is Nearly Upon Us - by Rob Streeter, Albany Times Union, June 4, 2009. "Skaneateles Lake is home to some fine rainbow trout, in addition to the occasional landlocked salmon. These fish can run up to five pounds or more, and nothing is much more fun that catching these fish on a dry fly. Each year, right around Father's Day, the brown drakes start to hatch. When the drakes finish their hatch, the lake also hosts a good hatch of Hexagenia mayflies, lasting until the Fourth of July."
- Lake Trout: Big, Deep and Seductive - By David Wallis, New York Times, August 17, 2007.
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing Regulations
- Special Fishing Regulations for Finger Lakes and Finger Lakes Tributaries
- Skaneateles Lake Contour Map
- Grout Brook Public Fishing Rights
- Central New York Fishing Hotline
- Skaneateles Angler Diary Cooperative
- Skaneateles Lake in feeding frenzy - By David Figura, Syracuse Post Standard, June 19, 2009. "The annual brown drake hatch on Skaneateles Lake has started. Each year around Father's Day weekend, the hatching of this large insect on Skaneateles Lake produces an orgy of feeding fish. Among the eager diners are sizable rainbow trout, in addition to the occasional landlocked salmon. These bugs hatch on other lakes, but for some reason Skaneateles Lake's hatch is the most impressive. Fly fishermen flock to the lake's shores, or go out in canoes, kayaks or small boats to creep up on the rising fish. When the brown drakes finish their hatch, the lake also hosts an impressive hatch of Hexagenia mayflies, around the Fourth of July."
- Special Fishing Regulations for Finger Lakes and Finger Lakes Tributaries - DEC. See also NYSDEC Region 7 Weekly Fishing Report
- Yellow perch (use 1/8-ounce bucktail jig tipped with a small fathead minnow in weed beds or steep drop-offs)
These photographs of the southwest end of Skaneateles Lake were taken by Margaret Vail Anderson during a Forest Tent Caterpillar outbreak in the summer of 2006.
Note: 23 May 2007 - No sign of forest tent caterpillar infestation at the southwestern end of Skaneateles Lake.
- defoliaiton - looking east (6/15/06) - From Glen Haven Road, driving down from New Hope
- defoliation above "the cliffs" (6/04/06) - Southeast end of lake
- caterpillars on sign (6/4/06) - Glen Haven Road (and they are not looking too healthy)
- caterpillars on mailbox (6/4/06) - Southwest end of lake on Glen Haven Road
- trees on lake's edge (6/4/06) - Southwest end of lake on Glen Haven Road
- defoliation near Wickwire Point (5/30/06) - Southeast end of lake
- defoliation along Glen Haven Road (5/30/06)
- caterpillars on deck (5/30/06)
- flies (5/30/06) - The fly with the red eyes is a 'friendly fly' (Sarcophaga aldrichi), a predator of the FTC
- marooned caterpillars (5/30/06)
- caterpillars on kayak (5/30/06)
- caterpillars on garbage can (5/30/06)
- caterpillars on railing (5/30/06)
- forest tent caterpillars on car (5/28/06)
- caterpillars on porch (5/28/06)
- caterpillars on roof (5/28/06)
- caterpillars on railing (5/28/06)
- caterpillars overhead (5/28/06)
- defoliated oak tree (5/28/06)
- more defoliated oaks (5/28/06) - The tree leaning over the water fell onto the blue boathouse during the winter of 2006/2007. See photo (6/3/07)
- defoliation near Staghorn Point (5/28/06) - Southeast end of lake
- Shepard Settlement Cemetery - Skaneateles. "The following list appears in Inscriptions from Cemeteries in Onondaga Co. taken from notes by William Martin Beauchamp."
- Skaneateles Historical Society - Provides access to St. Mary's Cemetery Gravestone Database, the Lakeview Cemetery Database, and a Newspaper Database (14,500 records compiled from the old newspaper announcements from the Columbian from 1831 to March 1853, the Democrat from 1843 to 1880 and the Free Press from 1881 through 1899.)
- Towns and Historians of Cayuga County, New York
- Middle Devonian Coral Beds of Central New York - By William A. Oliver, Jr., American Journal of Science, Vol 249, October, 1951, pp. 705-728. See also the Paleobiology Database: Locality 4, Borodino Landing, Peppermill Gulf bed, Centerfield Member, Ludlowvil: Givetian, New York
- Cayuga County - The towns of Niles and Sempronius border the southwestern end of the lake.
- Cortland County - The town of Scott borders the southern end of Skaneateles Lake.
- Onondaga County Office of Real Property Tax Services - You can search for lakefront property assessments in the towns of Spafford (Spafford Landing, Holzwarth, Bacon Hill, Morris Run Off) and Skaneateles. You can also search a database of Cayuga County Office of Real Property information for the towns of Niles and Sempronius but there is a fee.
- Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce
- Town of Niles - Cayuga County. With Town Board Minutes
- Town of Sempronius - Cayuga County
- Town of Scott - Cortland County
- Town of Skaneateles - Onondaga County
- American Antiquarian Society Library Catalog
- The Communitist - Mottville, Onondaga County, N.Y. : The Skaneateles Community. Began in 1844? Ceased in 1846?
- History of Skaneateles and vicinity, 1781-1881. Auburn, N.Y., C. P. Cornell - By Edmund Norman Leslie.
- Life & ancestry of William Noah Allyn - By Helen E. (Rutledge) Allyn, Mrs., Lakeside Print. Co., [c1960]
- Martin, 1830-1925 Past and present of Syracuse and Onondaga county, New York : from prehistoric times to the beginning of 1908
by The Rev. William M. Beauchamp, New York : S.J. Clarke, 1908.
- Skaneateles communal experiment, 1843-1846 - By Lester Grosvenor Wells
- Bill Hecht - His home page has a number of interesting postcards, photographs, prints and maps, including many of Skaneateles Lake:
- Skaneateles Lake Steamer Glen Haven
- "A Dry Day, "Carpenters Falls" - Postcard
- Carpenter's Point - Postcard dated September 24, 1911
- Carpenter's Point - Postcard
- Fair Haven - Postcard, looking south
- Fair Haven - Postcard
- Falls of First Ravine North of Spafford Landing on Skaneateles Lake - Dated August 3, 1928. ""Tully limestone. Said to be on Wickwire Property 'shower site' Hamilton (moscow below) slide 7377"
- "Near Stag Horn Point" - Looking south
- Blandings Point
- Glen Haven Hotel
- Glenhaven Water Cure - Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion
- Glen Haven Water Cure and Summer Resort - "Propr's: Dr. William C. Thomas, Physician, J. H. Mourin, J. A. Schermerhorn
- Holdens Cottage
- Kellogsville Hamlet Map
- Kellogsville Hamlet Map - 1853
- Kellogsville Map - 1859
- New Hope Dock
- New Hope Landing - Livingston, Williams & Hunt Series
- New Hope - August 1911
- Niles Town Map - 1875
- Niles Town Map - 1904
- Old Camps
- Old Camps
- Glen Haven - Panorama
- View of Mile Point, from Octagon School
- South east corner. Old buildings
- South east corner
- "Skaneateles Lake south end. View of the original Glen Haven Hotel from the east side" - Note the cleared areas
- View north from south-east corner of lake toward the old Glen haven Hotel. Note cleared hillsides."
- Head of Skaneteles Lake from Window of Sweet Briar Cottage
- Group of Cottages - Glen Haven
- "View north from point south-east of Nemec Farm?"
- Bowdish & Son - Article by John McGreivey was originally published in Issue 6 (Spring 1981) of Wooden Canoe, the journal of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association.
"Today, only small-boat antiquarians recognize the names Nelson and Edward Bowdish, and only a handful of these have actually seen a boat or canoe bearing the Bowdish nameplate. Prior to the advent of the wood-and-canvas canoe, however, these Skaneateles, New York, builders were renowned as builders of some of the most admired craft of their day."
- Caterpillar Club's Aviation History of Central New York State - Mark S. Barbour's site has material on Crash of Plane into Skaneateles Lake, April 29, 1956
- Historic USGS Maps of New England & NY - See
- Skaneateles, NY Quadrangle southwest Corner (1902)
- Northwest Corner (1902)
- Southeast Corner (1902)
- Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers - Library of Congress site allows you to "search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present." Newspapers from California, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, and Virginia are currently available. A search for Skaneateles Lake, for example, retrieves the following classified ad in the June 11, 1905 New York Sun (Second Section, p. 10 - Image 24): "On Skaneateles Lake: For sale, a fine plot of five acres, suitable for a gentleman's summer home, in the beautiful village of Skaneateles, N.Y., 18 miles west of Syracuse on the line of the New York Central and Syracuse Electric R. R. It has a 200-feet lake front and 190 feet on the main residential street. There are no mosquitoes or malaria; it is an ideal summer resort, and has the purest drinking water in the State: good sewerage and electric lights. The lake is the finest in central New York, being 17 miles long and ¾ mile wide. Will sell at $10,000. Address T. W. Specht, Skaneateles, N.Y."
- David and Lucelia Spaulding House - 2251 Eibert Road, Spafford. The Spauldings were Quaker abolitionists and woman’s rights activists. Frederick Douglass stayed at this house in 1849. See North Star, April 13, 1849.
- Friends Historical Library - Swarthmore College. Search Catalog to locate Skaneateles material which includes
Friendly Visitant (Skaneateles, N.Y.) 1833 and Records of Skaneateles Preparative Meeting.
- Google Books - Many of these titles are in the Harvard Law School Library. A search for erie canal skaneateles feeder retrieved the following:
- Waller v. State - Northeastern reporter, Volume 39, West Publishing Company, January 4 - April 5, 1895.
"In 1842, at a meeting of the board of canal commissioners, held in February of that year, there was presented to the board a report of Mr. Childs, chief engineer in the employment of the state, dated January 6, 1842, which contained a plan for the improvement of Skaneateles Lake and outlet as a reservoir and feeder to the Erie Canal. This plan provided for a cutting down of the bed of the outlet below the dam, and for the making of an excavation in the lake and outlet above the dam." (p. 681)
- City of Syracuse v. Stacey - New York supplement, Volume 33 By National Reporter System, New York (State). Superior Court (New York), New York (State). Court of Appeals, New York (State). Supreme Court, West Publishing Co. "That in the year 1843 the state of New York, under the resolutions of its canal board and canal commisioners next hereinafter recited, appropriated the waters of Skaneateles Lake and its outlet as a reservoir and feeder for the Erie Canal." (p. 931). In Google Books.
- Report of commissioners on sources of water supply for the city of Syracuse ... By Syracuse (N.Y.). Commission on Sources of Water Supply, Edward B. Judson
- Skaneateles Water Works Co. vs the Village of Skaneateles - United States Supreme Court records and briefs By United States. Supreme Court, No. 134, October Term, 1901. 122 pages.
"The proceedings were read in evidence, and were as follows: "At a meeting of the canal board, 9 o'clock a.m., September 6, 1842. Present: Messrs. Earll, Flagg, Farrington, Jones, Bissell, Enos and Little. "The canal commissioners having represented to the canal board that the supply of water from the present feeders upon that portion of the Erie canal extending from the lock at Geddes to the Seneca River locak at Montezuma, and upon so much of the Cayuga and Seneca canal as is included between the Erie canal at Montezuma and the Seneca river and Cayuga lake is found to be insufficient for the purposes of navigation. And the canal commissioners having also further represented to the canal board that the deficiency of said supply may be obtained from the Skaneateles lake at a less expense to the State than the same can be obtained elsewhere. And the said canal commissioners having appropriated the waters of the aforesaid lake and outlet to the use of the public as a reservoir and feeder to the Erie canal, ahd having caused the necessary surveys and levels to be taken and..."
- History of the Canal System of the State of New York - By Noble E. Whitford, 1906.
- Erie Canal: Chronological Resume of Important Laws and Events
1835 - Skaneateles Feeder enlarged (Chapter 274)
1842 - Proposal by Childs to use Skaneateles lake as reservoir (Chapter 114)
1844 - Skaneateles lake reservoir completed. (Chapter 278)
1889 – Skaneateles lake water to be used by Syracuse, with consent of canal board. (Chapter 291)
1890 – City of Syracuse to take water from Skaneateles lake (Chapter 314)
- History of the Town of Skaneateles - From Vol. II, pp. 977-1015 of Onondaga's Centennial, edited by Dwight H. Bruce and published by Boston History Co., 1896. Provided by Kenneth Jennings Wooster, Cortland.
- National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections - A search for Skaneateles retrieves over 70 records among which a manuscript diary owned by the New-York Historical Society - Sketches of My Life, a Diary, 1830-1831, by John Petheram (1809-1858) which includes a description of a trip he made to Skaneateles, N.Y.
- New York State Historical Literature - Cornell University Library collection consists of 691 New York State Historical pamphlets and monographs. Titles with Skaneateles Lake material include:
- Notes of Other Days in Skaneateles Written for the Skaneateles Democrat in 1876 by the Rev. William M. Beauchamp. Here are some excerpts from the book:
Our first account of the lake is in the Moravian journal of Bishop Cammerhoff, who came to the "long lake" with David Zeisberger, June 18, 1750, o the old trail to Onondaga from Owasco Lake. It ran easterly thence along the line of the Nine Mile creek, and thence over the hills, wheich they called the Prince's Peak, to Dorwin Springs. It reached Skaneateles lake by way of the brook south of Lake View cemetery. Returning, June 24, they called the shelter which they built on the shore near St. James' church, "The Pilgrims' Hut at St. John's Beach," in honor of the day. In later visits St. John's Beach sufficed. Colonel Gansevoort, with his hundred men, made a brief halt, Sept. 22, 1779, on his return from Sullivan's army, and Joseph Brant led captives through the place westward early in 1781. (p. 5)
In April, 1832, she [the steamboat Independence] was carred in the ice four miles up the lake and anchored off my father's orchard. She was not a financial success and eventually became the schooner Constitution, which, with the sloop Union, Captain Randall, long carried on the wood trade on the lake. In her later days old Captain Fowler used to have to get up nights and pump to keep her from sinking. Even as a schooner, however, she sometimes carried parties of pleasure, and I remember well a fair company that thus visited Glen Haven before it had that name Two of the ladies climbed the old log way. Why would undertake it now? (p. 10)
The sloop Union, Captain Randall, arrived with lumber from Hallsburg, April 28, 1837, the first arrival of the season, so said the papers. This name was applied to the head of the lake for ten years longer, Deacon Hall owning much land there. Earlier it was Rossville. (p. 19)
- Millard Fillmore papers... Ed. by Frank H. Severance (Volume 1)
My father then left the town, and removed into what was them Sempronius (now Niles), in the same county. Here he took a perpetual lease on a small farm of about one hundred and thirty acres, wholly uncultivated, and covered with heavy timber. He built a small log house and commenced clearing the land; and it was at this place and in these pursuits that I first knew anything of life. That farm is about one mile west of Skaneateles, ten miles from its outlet, and about one mile east of a little hamlet called Newhope...
Nevertheless, when I had any spare time I used to go down to the lake, and fish and bathe in its limpid waters. It was indeed one of the clearest and most beautiful lakes which I have ever seen. The canoe seemed suspended in mid-air, and the fish could be seen at great depths...The town of Niles, and especially that part of it, was then very sparsely settled. There were no schools, except such as were improvised for the summer and taught by a woman of very limited education. The first that I recollect was at Newhope, in an old deserted log house, which had been furnished with a few benches without backs, and a board for writing upon. In this school I learned my alphabet, at the age of six or seven. Of course nothing was taught but the most simple lessons in spelling and reading. (p.4)
- New York Times - Search the archives.
- Rowing Regattas at Home: Courtney the Winner at Skaneateles - New York Times, July 5, 1878, p. 2. "About 15,000 people witnessed the Courtney-Dempsey single scull race on Skaneateles Lake. The course was five miles - two and one-half miles and return."
- Hostile to the Canal - New York Times, August 23, 1889. "The Erie County Boatmen's Association met here to-day to protest against the project of taking Skaneateles Lake for the water supply of Syracuse."
- Syracuse Wants More Water: The Canal Board Hear Advocates For and Against - New York Times, August 30, 1889. Horatio Seymour was quoted as saying: "It is well knwon that the canal needs all the water of Skaneateles Lake, and that only three times in the last seventeen years has the lake been full."
- Before the Canal Board, New York Times, September 24, 1889.
- Before the Canal Board - New York Times, September 24, 1889. "The Canal Board held its second meeting this afternoon to consider the matter of the city of Syracuse using the surplus water of Skaneateles Lake for a water supply for that city."
- Before the Canal Board: Syracuse and the Skaneateles Lake Water Supply - New York Times, November 14, 1889. "The application of the city of Syracuse for permission to use Skaneateles Lake as a source of water supply was at once taken up."
- The Voice of the People: Another Blow at New-York: Platt and His Heelers Scheming to Ruin the Erie Canal - New York Times, April 13, 1890. Letter to the Editor, Publius, dated March 29, 1890.
- A Complication at Skaneateles: State Engineer Interferes With the Construction of a Dam - New York Times, June 2, 1892.
- Telegraphic Brevities - New York Times, June 30, 1894, p. 5. "Syracuse, N.Y., June 29. Skaneateles Lake water was turned on to-day at noon. After nearly six years of litigation, this city at last gets water from that place."
- Skaneateles Water Case: Decision Seems to Bear Some Relation to Ramapo Contest - New York Times, December 26, 1899, p. 3.
- Society Notes - New York Times, August 12, 1900, p. 14. "Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Specht of West Eighty-eighth Street are entertaining numerous house parties at Hazlehurst, their country place, on Skaneateles Lake. Most of these parties are made up of the young friends of their children, Miss Louise and Harry M. Specht."
- Rowed Nine Miles to Preach: Syracuse Pastor Not Daunted When Steamboat Ignored His Signals - New York Times, August 8, 1904, p. 1.
Syracuse, N.Y. - Aug. 7 - The Rev. A. W. Clark of the May Memorial Unitarian Church of this city, rowed nine miles last night in order to conduct services here this morning. He had been the guest at the cottage [see Fall Brook Point located in the town of Niles one mile south of Mandana] of Hendrick S. Holden of this city on Skaneateles Lake, twenty-nine miles from the city and nine miles from the car line at Skaneateles. He had made arrangements with the Captain of a boat running on the lake to call for him at the Holden dock on the last trip to the village. He displayed the regular signal on the dock when the boat hove in sight, and in addition got a large megaphone and called to the Captain. The boat passed on.It was then 8 o'clock. In a few minutes the clergyman had obtained a rowboat and was heading toward the village. For three hours and a half he tugged at the oars through the pitch-black night, and reached Skaneateles too late to catch a car for Syracuse. He came the rest of the way this morning.
- Skaneateles Lake Floods Area - New York Times, November 17, 1936. "Ten million gallons of water from Skaneateles Lake, bound for Syracuse, escaped today and flooded 300 acres of farm land about a foot deep before a shut-off was effected."
- Onondaga Historical Association - Syracuse. Holds several collections of material related to Skaneateles and Skaneateles Lake. Searchable via New York State Library.
- Panoramic Photographs - American Memory, Library of Congress.
- Penny Postcards - USGenWeb Archives. You can browse New York postcards by county.
- Samson Eddy - Circuit preacher and former slave. He died in 1909 and is buried in New Hope Cemetery. He worked at the New Hope Mill. See Methodist Church Window in Memory of Samson Eddy
- Skaneateles - Kenneth Jennings Wooster. Includes names of graduates from Skaneateles Academy from 1873 to 1910 and from Skaneateles High School from 1911 to the present.
- Skaneateles Boats Inc.
- Skaneateles Historical Society - Located in the Creamery, 28 Hannum Street in the village of Skaneateles (315-685-1360). The Society has purchased an adjacent building which they plan to renovate for a boat/transportation museum. Some of the manufacturers of the boats to be displayed include: the Skaneateles Boat & Canoe Co., Bowdish & Co., Edson Boat Co., Charles Hall, the Stinson Boat Line and the Skaneateles Boat Co. (makers of the Lightning). See The Story of the Steamboats on Skaneateles Lake by Charles B. Cooper, 36pp., 1970, reprinted in the Borodino Bullett. "Charles B. Cooper (1902-1987) was a native of Syracuse who spent his summers at the family camp on Skaneateles Lake."
- Small-Town America Stereoscopic Views from the Dennis Collection, 1850-1920 - American Memory, Library of Congress.
- Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920 - Searchable Library of Congress collection offers many images of New York State, including many by the photographer William Henry Jackson (1843-1942).
- Villange of Jordan, New York: History
In 1797 Zercas and Owen Wright built the first house within the present boundaries of the village of Jordan. By 1800 a mill had been erected on the bank of the Skaneateles Creek which runs north through the village. In 1805 the Seneca Turnpike (Route 5) and the Cherry Valley Turnpike (Route 20), two major east-west highways, were constructed south of the village. Despite this, Jordan became a major transportation center after one of the earliest sections of the new Erie Canal was constructed through the village in 1819. The Jordan Feeder, which fed the canal via Skaneateles Creek, had its source in Skaneateles Lake, located about twelve miles south-southwest of the village. Several dams were erected along the creek to regulate flow into the canal and to provide water power for Jordan's expanding mill industry. The Jordan Feeder provided a tremendous impetus to the village's early nineteenth century growth. By 1825 there were three mills; a post office opened in 1831 and the first local newspaper, the Jordan Courier, was published. Commerce and industry expanded and flourished during the next decade, and by 1836, the year after the village was incorporated, Jordan had 3 grist mills, 3 saw mills, a sash factory, a distillery and a clothing shop as well as 5 taverns, 7 general stores, 2 drug stores and 5 grocery stores.
- American Antiquarian Society - Search their catalogs.
- Cornell University Library: New York State Historical Literature - "Collection of selected monographs, pamphlets and other materials with expired copyrights chosen from from the Cornell Library's extensive collection of New York State Literature."
- Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
- Early Canadiana Online - "Full text online collection of more than 3,000 books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in native studies, travel and exploration, and the history of French Canada."
- Gallica - Text and image digitization project undertaken by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. You can search (recherche) for keywords (recherche libre).
- Google Book Search
- Göttinger Digitalisierungszentrums - Digital Library at the Lower Saxony State and University Library, Göttingen, consists of over 2800 volumes, including a good collection of early travel books.
- Appleton´s hand-book of American travel (1871) - By Edward Hagaman Hall. Northern and eastern tour, pp. 52-62.
- Harvard University Library Open Collections Program - "Provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard's library and museum collections." In January 2006, the Women Working collection consisted of "7,500 pages of manuscripts 3,500 books and pamphlets 1,200 photographs." You can
browse by subject and genre,
search by keyword, author, title and subject and
search the full text. Currently consists of two collections:
Women Working, 1870-1930 and
Emigration/Immigration: 1789-1930. A search for Skaneateles retrieved the following from Dexter C. Bloomer's Life and writings of Amelia Bloomer (Boston: Arena, 1895):
"This needed rest she therefore sought at Dr. Jackson's water cure on the beautiful shores of Skaneateles Lake. Here secluded from public gaze she spent some weeks in retirement; and yet not entirely so, for she was there invited and consented to deliver her lecture on Woman's Enfranchisement to the inmates of the cure." (p. 129). On pages 14 and 15 Amelia Bloomer recollects: "My earliest recollections are of a pleasant home in Homer, Cortlandt County, New York. Here I was born, and here the first six years of my life was passed. But little of these early days can now be recalled after sixty years have been added to them, yet there are a few incidents that are so deeply impressed upon memory that they seem but the occurrence of a week ago. First I recall the visit of some Indians to my father's house, and the latter buying a large knife of them. The Indians, my father and the knife come before me now as though they were indeed a reality of the present. Again, a scene comes before the mind's eye of my brother and myself looking from an upper window and seeing some Indians knocking at the door of a small untenanted house opposite to us. My brother, who was a few years older than myself, called out 'come in.' The Indians opened the door and stepped in, then out, and hearing a voice, but seeing no one, while my brother and I danced behind the blind at the trick we had played on them. Several children were on their way to school. One little girl jumped upon the wheel of a wagon which stood in front of a house, intending to get in and ride to school. The horse became frightened while she stood on the wheel, and ran away, throwing her violently to the ground and injuring her severly. The mirth of childhood was turned to sadness, and we trudged on to school, after seeing her unconscious form carried into the house." Other titles in the collection include
History of Schohaire County and border wars of New York (1845) by Jeptha R. Simms; and
American communities : brief sketches of Economy, Zoar, Bethel, Aurora, Amana, Icaria, the Shakers, Oneida, Wallingford, and the Brotherhood of the New Life (1878) by William Alfred Hinds. Feminism by Correa Moylan Walsh (New York: Sturgis & Walton, 1917) has the following footnote: "Back in 1843 John A. Collins, an abolitionist, anarchist, communist, vegetarian, and woman suffragist, founded a community in Skaneateles, N.Y...."(p. 124, footnote 21).
- Making of America - Digital library of primary sources consists of books and journal volumes between 1850 and 1877. The University of Michigan "collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints" and the Cornell collection "provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles." You can browse periodical titles at Cornell and Michigan. Titles of interest include:
- History of American Socialisms (1870) - By John Humphrey Noyes. Chapter 15, pp. 161- 179, describes The Skaneateles Community, founded by John A. Collins. Below are a few excerpts from the chapter:
John A. Collins, the founder of the Skaneateles Community, was a Boston man, and had been a working Abolitionist up to the summer of 1843. He was in fact the General Agent of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, and in that capacity had superintended the one hundred National Conventions ordered by the Society for that year. (p. 162)
In October  Mr. Collins bought at Skaneateles a farm of three hundred and fifty acres for $15,000, paying $5,000 down, and giving back a mortgage for the remainder. There was a good stone farm-house with barns and other building on the place. (p. 163)
…the Community soon swarmed with an indolent, unprincipled and selfish class of 'reformers,' as they termed themselves; one of whom, a lawyer [Q. A. J.], got half the estate into his own hands, and well-nigh ruined the concern. (p. 169). Q. A. J. was Q. A. Johnson.
The whole number of members, male and female, labor most industriously from six till six; and having large orders for their saw-mill and turning show, they work them night and day, with two sets of men, working each twelve hours – the saw-mill and turning shop being their principal sources of revenue. (p. 169)
- National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections - A search for Skaneateles retrieves over 70 records among which is a manuscript diary owned by the New-York Historical Society
- Sketches of My Life, a Diary, 1830-1831 - by John Petheram (1809-1858) includes a description of a trip he made to Skaneateles, N.Y.
- New York State Archives Digital Collections - "The Digital Collections provide a gateway to a variety of rich primary source materials held by the State Archives, State Library, and State Museum. Through the collection, you can access photographs, textual materials, artifacts, government documents, manuscripts, and other materials."
- OAIster - "Collection of previously difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital resources..that are easily searchable by anyone."
- Open Worldcat
- Skaneateles Library - The Library also is the site of the John D. Barrow Art Gallery. Barrow (1824 - 1906) was a second generation Hudson River School style painter. See New Face in Skaneateles: New Director Plans to Bring Library into 21st Century by Desiree Feigel-Dart, Syracuse Post Standard, February 14, 2008. "Editorial assistant Desiree Feigel-Dart recently spoke with Kathy Mosher, Skaneateles Public Library's new director."
- SUNY Cortland Memorial Library - Search the Library Catalog
- Library of Congress Online Catalogs
- Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875 - Collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography which attempts to include every novel published in the United States from 1851 to 1875. Project of the Indiana University Digital Library Program. There are currently 2,887 volumes included (2,109 unedited, 778 fully edited and encoded) by 1,394 authors. You can search the full-text. Wright "listed a total of 2,923 titles in adult fiction, including "novels, novelettes, romances, short stories, tall tales, tract-like tales, allegories, and fictitious biographies and travels, in prose" (from the introduction), and inventoried 18 American libraries for holdings. This compilation is part of his three-volume set listing American fiction from 1774 through 1900, and is still considered the most comprehensive bibliography of American adult fiction of the 18th and 19th centuries."
A search for Skaneateles, for example, retrieves 5 records. One of the titles, Female life among the Mormons (1855), by Maria Ward, is available in full-text.
The novel begins: "My early life was passed in that beautiful and picturesque region which borders Skaneateles Lake, in the State of New York." The narrator leaves Spafford, Onondaga County, for Albany. In the stage, she discusses Joseph Smith and Mormonism with the other passenger. "Many people of my acquaintance, in Scott and Spafford, have embraced Mormonism..." "There was a family in Coldbrook by the name of Cheeny, I think," suggested the man." Other names mentioned from Spafford include Pulsifer, Gould, Maxson, Ripley. A search for Cortland retrieves the following from Artemus Ward, His Travels (1865):
"There is an eccentric Mormon at Salt Lake City of the name of W. W. Phelps. He is from Cortland, State of New York, and has been a Saint for a good many years. It is said he enacts the character of the Devil, with a pea-green tail, in the Mormon initiation ceremonies." (p. 193).
- Arbor House Inn - 41 Fennell Street (315-685-8966 or 888-234-4558)
- Aunt Louise's Lake House - 2498 E. Lake Road
- Benjamin Porter House - 10 State Street (315 685 3191)
- Cottage at Glen Haven - Southwestern end of Skaneateles Lake, within walking distance of the lake, 20 minutes from Cortland (607-749-4761)
- Cottage at Greenfield Lane - (315-246-7534)
- Cottages at Five Mile Point
Fall Brook on Lake Skaneateles
- Finger Lakes Cottages
- Frog Pond Bed & Breakfast - 680 Sheldon Road (315-685-0146)
- Gray House - 47 Jordan Street. Bed & Breakfast. (315-685-0131 or 800-891-7118)
- Hobbit Hollow Farm - 3061 West Lake Road (315-685-2791)
- Hummingbird's Home Bed and Breakfast - 4273 W. Genesee Street (315-685-5075 or 866-207-1900)
- Lady of the Lake - 2 West Lake Street. B & B. (315-685-7997)
- Mirbeau Inn & Spa - See Serious Pampering in the Finger Lakes by Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times, December 31, 2000. Bumiller describes her stay at the "sumptuous, whimsical and slightly goofy French chateau-style spa" where "Edith Piaf is piped in over breakfast, Impressionist-style paintings hang over the beds and a replica of Monet's Japanese bridge arches over a pond of -- what else? -- waterlilies."
- Packwood House - 14 West Genesee Street (877-225-9633 or 315-217-8100)
- Paul's Cabin - Rental property on Skaneateles Lake
- Skaneateles Hotel - 12 Fennell Street (315-685-2333)
- Sherwood Inn - 315-685-3405
- Skaneateles Lodging Properties
- Skaneateles Suites
- Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center
- Village Inn of Skaneateles - 25 Jordan Street (315-685-3405 or 1-800-374-3796)
- Westridge Bed & Breakfast - 3143 West Lake Road (315-685-8966)
- Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York - University of New Hampshire Library. Has Image Map. The 1902 maps show the steamboat route: Glen Haven, Spafford Landing, Carpenter Point, Borodino Landing, Mandana and Skaneateles.
- Northwest Corner: 1902 and 1955
- Southwest Corner: 1902 and 1955
- Northeast Corner: 1902 and 1955
- Southeast Corner: 1902 and 1955
- Map Collections: 1544-1996 - Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress. Most were published in the 1880s by Lucien R. Burleigh of Troy. There is a Geographic Index. There is a bird's eye view of Skaneateles "Published & drawn by L. R. Burleigh. Beck & Pauli, litho."
- Princeton GIS Center
- New York: Skaneateles Quadrangle 15 minute series, 1942 reprint
- Auburn Citizen
- Cortland Standard
- New York State Newspaper Project - "Identifying, describing, preserving, and making available to researchers the significant newspapers in all communities in New York State since the first publication in 1725." Browse by title, City of Publication and County of Publication (Cortland, Cayuga, Onondaga etc.) Historical newspapers published in Skaneateles include Skaneateles Columbian
- New York Times - Free archives from 1987.
- Skaneateles Journal
- Skaneateles Press
- Peter Greenberg puts Skaneateles on the map - By Jason Emerson, Skaneateles Press, June 28, 2011. You can hear the archived July 9, 2011 show - Radio Guests: Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY. Greenberg interviews CBS news correspondent Peter King who attended Ithaca College and reminiscences about the Finger Lakes (starts at 11:25 into the show).
- Syracuse Post Standard
- Birding - "Seneca, Cayuga, Canandaigua and Southern Skaneateles Lake are all designated Important Bird Areas by New York Audubon. They are a significant wintering area for waterfowl (especially Pied-billed Grebes, Redheads, Mallards, Common Goldeneye, Canvasback, and the threatened American Black Duck. Forested areas along and above the lakeshores provide habitat for raptors and neotropical songbirds, including the threatened Cerulean Warbler (especially southern Skaneateles Lake). The shorelines are also important to geese, gulls, shorebirds, pipits and Snow Buntings for feeding, and even nesting for wetland species" (Chapter 5, p. 234, Regional Advisory Committee Recommendations, New York State Open Space Conservation Plan 2005.)
- Finger Lakes Land Trust - With information on Protected Lands including the Bahar Nature Preserve and High Vista Preserve on Skaneateles Lake.
- Margaret Vail Anderson:
- The Cliffs - August 2005
- Fossils - August 2005
- Green cove - May 15, 2005
- John Francis McCarthy
- Aaron A. Moss Real Estate - 657 Genesee Street (315-685-5500)
- Coldwell Banker Prime Properties - 18 East Street (315-885-8845)
- Ellen Hennigan - (315-256-5894)
- Exit First Realty - 33 East Genesee St. (315-685-1168)
- Gallinger Realty USA - 28 East Genesee Street. (315-685-8975). See MLS Number 157264 and MLS Number 139622 (see Washington St. Partners, below)
- Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors - Search for members
- H. Eric van Leer, Appraisals
- Harmon Homes
- Josephine M. Gregg Real Estate - 90 East Lake Road (315-685-6886)
- Lakeside Pros - (315-685-8975)
- Linda Roche Real Estate, Inc - 54 East Genesee St. (315-685-0111)
- Re/Max Masters - Peter J. Babbles
- Skaneateles Properties - (315-685-1543)
- Skaneateles Real Estate News - Blog by realtor Meg Brooks
- Washington St. Partners: Five Mile Point
- Weichert Realtors
- Williams Realty - 13 East Genesee Street (315-685-7324). See 33 Firelane #1, Niles, NY (MLS: 169020)
- Celebrity Designer Buys $965K Skaneateles Lake 'fixer-upper' - by Pam Lundborg, Syracuse Post Standard, December 4, 2008. Celebrity designer Thom Filicia (Bravo's Dress My Nest, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) bought a house from Russel P. and Jeanette F. Zechman on November 24th. "County records list the property as a 1.7-story log home, built in 1917, with two bedrooms, 1 and a half bathrooms, a fireplace and a 300 square-foot porch. The house sits on 1.19 acres of land." See also Decorator Tour: Thom Filicia's Cottage, Domino Magazine, August, 2008. Vanguard Furniture manufactures the Thom Filicia Home Collection featuring furniture with names from the Finger Lakes:
- Tully Cocktail Table
- Pompey Chair
- Skaneateles Sofa
- Greek Peak Side Chair
- Skaneateles More Million-dollar Assessments Raise Worries: Will Town be Priced Out of Reach of the Middle Class? - Syracuse Post-Standard, April 9, 2006.
- Bear Swamp - Bill Hecht's page has an air photo of Bear Swamp and the south end of Skaneateles Lake taken 5/31/1938. There are more Bear Swamp photos and many more of Skaneateles Lake.
- Borodino Bullett Online Newsletter
- Charlie Major Nature Trail - Mottville (315-685-5607). Former site of the Skaneateles Short Line Railroad and various water powered industries (Mottville Woodworking Factory, Mottville Wollen Factory, Morton's Woolen Mill, Mottville Flour Mill, Lakeside Paper Mill and dam, Skaneateles Paper Company, Willow Glen, Kellogg's Mills).
- Lourdes Camp - Located on the east shore of Skaneateles Lake
- National Aquatic Service - Syracuse. Offers summer Skaneateles dives.
- NorthWind Expedition Kayaks, Ltd. - 2825 West Lake Rd. Skaneateles, NY 13152 315-685-4808
- Sevey's Boatyard Inc.
- Spooky Dive in Skaneateles Lake - Youtube clip by Serge Sakov (5:39) of dive at Lourdes Camp on Skaneatles Lake on December 30, 2006. Besides the expected zebra mussel encrusted rocks you'll see some a submerged motorcycle and some other things that can't be what you think they are!
- Skaneateles Polo Games - Matches at 3pm on Sundays in July and August (315-685-0552)
- St. James' Episcopal Church
- Skaneateles communal experiment, 1843-1846 - By Lester Grosvenor Wells. (Paper read before the Onondaga Historical Association, February 13, 1953)
- Angel's Heavenly Burgers - 22 Jordan Street (315-685-0100)
- Bluewater Grill - 11 W. Genesee St. Owned by Dan Riordan and Bill Eberhardt (315-685-6600)
- Doug's Fish Fry - 8 Jordan Street (315-685-3288)
- Glen Haven Hotel - On the southeastern side of Skaneateles Lake. Open Mother's Day through September. (607-749-3779)
- Joelle's French Bistro - 4423 State Street Road, three miles outside the village (315-685-3063). Joelle Mollinger and Alain Castel opened in March. See Couple to open French bistro in Skaneateles [Joelle's French Bistro] by Linda Ober, Auburn Citizen. January 8, 2007. "Castel's family is from Antibes in the south of France, and his father was a famous chef who moved the family to Nairobi, where Castel lived for 19 years. Castel then went to France and worked as a busboy and maitre d', at Hotel du Cap's Eden-Roc restaurant and in 1982 moved to New York City....[Joelle] Mollinger, a law school graduate who decided instead to pursue cooking, her self-taught passion, moved to New York City in 1990 after running her own restaurants in Paris."
See also Joelle's Bistro serves fine French feast by Yolanda Wright, Syracuse Post Standard, May 3, 2007 and
French flavor to hit Skaneateles, by Linda Ober, Skaneateles Journal, January 2, 2007 and
New York couple brings French bistro to Skaneateles [not online] by Greg Erbstoesser, appeared in the Central New York Business Journal, January 26, 2007. There are additional reviews.
- Kabuki - 12 West Genesee Street (315-685-7234)
- The Krebs Restaurant - Historic Skaneateles restaurant offers a traditional prix fixe meal. (315-685-5714) Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt ate here.
- Mandana Inn - 1937 West Lake Road (315-685-7798)
- Mid-Lakes Navigation - Dinner cruises on the lake
- Mirbeau Inn & Spa - Skaneateles (315.685.1927)
- Niles Gourmet Country Market - 4592 Grange Hall Road (315 -784-5015). Owned by Sandie and Eric Becker and located in a log cabin overlooking Skaneateles and Owasco lakes. The have excellent gourmet take-out food. We sampled some delicious lasagna, squash soup, and gellato. Highly recommended! "It's a natural and organic gourmet specialty market. We sell natural farm-raised beef, lamb and buffalo meat; locally grown honey, maple syrup and produce; and specialty oils and spreads and vinegar." (Going Natural In Moravia Niles, Syracuse Post Standard, August 3, 2006.)
- Patisserie - 4 Hannum Street (315-685-2433)
- Restaurant at Elderberry Pond - 3728 Center Street Road, Auburn (315-252-6025)
- Rosalie's Cucina - 841 West Genesee Street (315-685-2200)
- Sherwood Inn - 26 West Genesee Street (315-685-3405)
- Anyela's Vineyards - Tours and tastings daily. 2433 Lake Road (41A) (315-685-3797). Owned by James E. Nocek of Auburn. See Permit Sought for Winery in Skaneateles, by Jerry Rosen, Syracuse Post Standard, November 17, 2006.
- Breed Hill Apiaries - Rockefeller Road, Moravia. They sell a very nice Basswood honey. (315-497-1168). See Breeds' bees by Julia Reich, Auburn Citizen, February 13, 2008.
"Although bees make honey only during the warmer months, Breed Hill Apiary honey is available year-round at the Breed's home, 2405 Rockefeller Road, Moravia. For more information, call 497-1168. The honey is also available at the Auburn Farmer's Market on Genesee Street near Wegmans from July through September and at the Vernak Farms country store, 1889 East Lake Road, Borodino (7 miles south of Skaneateles)."
- Bella Blue Boutique - 6 Jordan Street. (315-685-3272). See Clothing store a reality after years in the making by John Turner, Skaneateles Journal, February 7, 2007.
- Elizabeth Scott Boudreau - Art and antqiues consultant. Boudreau lives in past, present by David Wilcox, Skaneateles Journal, January 17, 2007.
- Cate & Sally - Clothing and accessories for women. 58 Genesee Street (315-685-1105)
- Cat's Whiskers - (315-636-8284)
- Country Ewe - 18 East Genesee St. (315-685-9580)
- Creekside Books & Coffee - 35 Fennell Street, Skaneateles (315-685-0379)
- Drooz - Children's artwork and furnishing created by Shelly Kennedy. Her studio is locatd in an old farmhouse near Skaneateles Lake.
- Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty
- Fruitful Acres - Route 38, Moravia (315-497-8375)
- Gallop On Saddlery - Equestrian Apparel & Gear, 38 East Genesee Street (315-685-5232)
- Harvest Home Organics - Moravia (315-497-0351)
- Imagine - 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles (315-685-6263)
- Infused - 5 Jordan Street (315-685-2353 and 877-440-4328)
- Long Lake Gallery - 37 Fennell Street, Skaneateles (315-685-9260)
- Lucas Gallery - 33 Jordan Street (315-291-3116)
- New Hope Antiques Route 41 A in New Hope, on the west side of Skaneateles Lake (315-497-2688)
- New Hope Mills - 5983 Glen Haven Road, Moravia, 13118 (315-252-2676)
- Niles Gourmet Country Market - 4592 Grange Hall Road (315 -784-5015). Owned by Sandie and Eric Becker and located in a log cabin overlooking Skaneateles and Owasco lakes. The have excellent gourmet take-out food. We sampled some delicious lasagna, squash soup, and gellato. Highly recommended! Stop by and sample some of the delicious take-out foods - Sandie is a wonderful cook. "It's a natural and organic gourmet specialty market. We sell natural farm-raised beef, lamb and buffalo meat; locally grown honey, maple syrup and produce; and specialty oils and spreads and vinegar." (Going Natural In Moravia Niles, Syracuse Post Standard, August 3, 2006.)
- Patisserie - 4 Hannum Street (315-685-2433)
- Pomodoro - Stationery. 22 Jordan Street (315-685-0085)
- RAM of CNY - Baldwinsville. "Specialists In Waterfront Construction." See Current Worksite shows the process of building a large boathouse
- Rhubarb Kitchen & Garden Shop - 59 E. Genesee Street (315-685-5803)
- Sailboat Shop - Skaneateles
- Skaneateles Artisans - 3 Fennell Street, Skaneateles (315-685-8580). "Fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, mosaics, paintings, photography, pottery, wood..."
- Skaneateles Bakery - 19 Jordan Street (315-685-3538)
- Snake-Oil Glassworks - Phil Austin has an MFA from the School for American Craftsman at Rochester .Institute of Technology and is currently a part-time member of the Art faculty at Onondaga Community College. (315-685-5091)
- Sticks & Stitches - Marietta. (315-696-5075) Homespun curtains and fabrics and wrought iron Curtain rods.
- Tierra Farms - Produce and nuts. Glen Haven Road, New Hope (315-496-2602).
- Willowdale Rustics - Furniture. Jesse & Doug Cormack, Skaneateles (315-636-7007)