Julie and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary yesterday. We didn’t go to some tropical island with deep blue waters and white sandy beaches or some far off exotic place, that is just not us. We kept it low key and took a drive to our favorite place the “Finger Lakes”.
The National Park system back in 2014 added to their list of storied places “The Harriet Tubman Home National Historic Park” in Auburn, NY. Auburn was our first destination and our day began with a tour. I’ll be honest I expected us to be the only people there. Boy was I wrong! On our tour there had to be at least forty people in the group and that is no exaggeration. Afterwards as we mulled around the visitor center more people came streaming in the door for the next tour. The park is a work in progress but our tour guide was pretty amazing in her presentation making it both informative and funny.
“Did you know that during the Civil War Harriet Tubman was a nurse? Did you know that Harriet Tubman was a spy for the Union Army as well? Lastly Harriet Tubman was born in 1820 and died in 1913 of pneumonia, she was 93. She was buried with military honors at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, New York. I had no idea so I found this extremely fascinating”.
There are so many interesting things I learned about Harriet today. Most of us associate her with the underground railroad.
Next stop was a place rooted in Julie’s history. The Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, NY. Back in 1988-1989 Julie used to be a Park Ranger here. We have been to this park several times before but since we were passing through the area we stopped to check in on things.
Now it was time for lunch and what better place than Mac’s Drive-In in Waterloo, NY. We absolutely love this place and do our best to eat here whenever we can. With our hunger taken care of it was time to visit two wineries we have yet to try along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. However on our way back through Seneca Falls we stopped briefly to check out the very impressive “Double” lock #3 along the Cayuga-Seneca canal.
And just for the record we also had to make a pit-stop at McKensize-Childs. This is so not a dude place! Thankfully this was BRIEF pause and we got to Long Point winery in Aurora, NY. The gentleman doing our tasting was a spitting image of NFL football coach Rob Ryan. The only difference was he had a Hawaiian shirt on. Next was Treleavan in King Ferry, NY. I was excited for this because they offered a beer tasting as well. I sampled four New York brews. #1. Hopshire (Near Varna IPA) #2. Lucky Hare (London Gentleman Extra Special Bitter) #3. Grist Iron (Ely Pilsner ) #4. Lucky Hare (Rock Hound American Amber). All these beers were excellent but #3 & #4 really stood out for me. Julie really enjoy their wines and she left with a bottle Wobbly Rock Riesling. She is my Riesling girl…..
Our last stop for the day was Purity ice cream in Ithaca, NY, enough said!
Beautiful day in one of our favorite places, cheers!
Side Note: On our way down the east side of Cayuga lake is the small town of Cayuga, NY. Well Cayuga was featured not long ago on the HGTV show “Lake Front Bargain Homes”. Julie and I actually saw that episode together so we knew which house the family purchased. As we drove through we gave it a quick look and its just as beautiful in person as it was on TV.
Julie & I in front of the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged in Auburn, NY. © Joe Geronimo
Harriet Tubman residence Auburn, NY © Joe Geronimo. This residence is currently being restored and we were not able to see it.
Inside the visitors center Harriet Tubman home Auburn, NY © Joe Geronimo.
Women’s Rights National Historic Park Seneca Falls, NY © Joe Geronimo
Wesleyan Chapel “Women’s Rights National Historic Park Seneca Falls, NY © Joe Geronimo
The Wesleyan Chapel was built in 1843. On July 19 and 20, 1848, the First Women’s Rights Convention was held here. Even though Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the only one of the five organizers to live in Seneca Falls, the Wesleyan Chapel was well known to them all. The church was a local haven for antislavery activity, political rallies, and free speech events.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton home Seneca Falls, NY © Joe Geronimo
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) called her house at 32 Washington Street, Seneca Falls “Grassmere” and the “Center of the Rebellion”. She moved into the home with her husband and three sons in May 1847. In June her father Daniel Cady deeded the property to his daughter Elizabeth. Over the next fourteen years, the family welcomed two more sons and two daughters. The entire family enjoyed the large farm house, its several out buildings, orchards, and gardens until Elizabeth Cady Stanton sold the property in 1862 and the family of nine moved to New York, New York.
Mac’s Drive-In Waterloo, NY © Joe Geronimo
Mac’s Drive-In Waterloo, NY © Joe Geronimo
My favorite dish at Mac’s “Mac’s Plate” 2 hot dogs over macaroni salad and fries covered in chili sauce. © Joe Geronimo
Here we have the impressive “Double” Lock #3 along the Cayuga-Seneca canal in Seneca Falls, NY. In the image on the left the “Lock Master” is doing a routine check on the lock. Lock 2 and Lock 3 in Seneca Falls on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal are very unique in that they are combined together without a pool of water between them. The only modern lock like this on the canal system are Locks E34 and E35 on the Erie Canal. The two locks lift and lower boats a combined 49 feet from 430.5 feet above sea level to 381.5 feet. © Joe Geronimo