Have you ever…?


Have you ever just taken a drive, to see where the road takes you? As we meandered about on the back roads of Greenwhich; a hamlet near to our home.

We stopped by a local ice cream shop; drove through the town center and headed west. As we rounded a bend in the road along the Battenkill River, we came upon some local history ~ in the shape of a painted brick colonial home…

A few miles west of East Greenwich, also on the banks of the Batten Kill, is the hamlet of Battenville.

The home where Susan B. Anthony [the woman suffrage movement who’s motto was,”Men their rights and nothing more, women their rights and nothing less] spent part of her formative years has since been restored, as has the adjoining building which served as a tavern and stagecoach stop.

I am sure it was restored, but it seems to have fallen back into disrepair. An abandoned bit of historical architecture…

This area was also important to the underground Railroad; The abolition of slavery was a cause that many local people were actively involved in. Dr. Hiram Corliss guided the movement in Greenwich. His son, George Corliss, was the inventor of the Corliss Steam Engine. Legend has it;an important station of the Underground Railway to Canada was located in Greenwich.

The Battenville area was used during parts of the filming of The Horse Whisperers.

We had to stop to get this fella headed in the right direction…

In researching this homestead, I found the info here: Greenwich, NY.

Where are you headed? Have you ever…?

Be well,
Jessica

4 thoughts on “Have you ever…?

    • ๐Ÿ™‚

      I wish I could have captured better photos, I had just a prime lens with me…if I had backed up in one direction I was on the rail road tracks, the other direction in the river…

      It is a lovely place to be.
      Jess

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  1. Great post and photos – it feels like an old, romantic journey. When I was little, going for a drive was the great Australian pastime on a Sunday afternoon! We still enjoy it, not so much when we’re in the city (no point spending time stuck in traffic if you don’t have to) but when we go up to our house in the country, we often go off for a look at something just because… and from time to time I post about it on my “places” blog. This is one of my favourite drive destinations http://elladeeplaces.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/whip-it/ ๐Ÿ™‚

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