"The situation is superb, and the lands are beautiful. Here
I pitch my tent; here I build my village"
Two Hundred and Twenty-Five years ago John Lincklaen, Samuel Forman, and a crew of workmen assembled in Rome to venture West with orders to establish a new village on the acquired Holland Land Company Land. With fertile lands, a picturesque lake, and a promising creek the shores of the Owaghena was just the place. Within a few years what was once land used for passing fishing gathers and the local Iroquois population grew from open landscapes to an enterprising village. Two-Hundred and Twenty Five years later Cazenovia is still the village we love today with its quaint historic charm and warm community. Join us in celebrating this milestone!
Celebrating 225: The Founding of Cazenovia
Tuesday, May 8th at 7 pm
On Tuesday, May 8 the Library will partner with Lorenzo State Historic Site to present “The Founding of Cazenovia,” a presentation by Russell Grills. The local historian and former Lorenzo Site Director will discuss the founding and early history of Cazenovia. Participants will hear the history of the town from the steps of its Lincklaen's former home so visitors should bring a lawn chair to sit in.
Arrive early and receive a FREE tour of the mansion from 6-7pm. Thank you, Lorenzo State Historic Site!
Peter Smith of Peterboro: Furs, Land, and Anguish
Thursday, May 17th 7 pm
The Library will welcome local author and scholar Norman K Dann, Ph.D. to the Community Room to discuss and sign his new publication, Peter Smith of Peterboro: Furs, Land, and Anguish.
Peter Smith (1768-1837) had many business ventures on the frontier of New York State. His most successful businesses were with his partner John Jacob Astor in fur trading and land speculation with Native Americans. Although he had considerable business acumen, Smith’s personality disorders kept him from reaching his full potential.
Dann is professor emeritus at Morrisville State College, head docent at the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark, and a founder and former Cabinet member of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum. After completing six books on descendants of Peter Smith, Dann decided to write the first biography of Peter Smith himself. Books will be available for purchase following the presentation.
John Lincklaen Statue
A bronze statue of Cazenovia Founder, John Lincklaen, is currently in development by Dexter Benedict, a highly regarded artist from Penn Yan, NY., as a part of a year-long celebration of Cazenovia’s 225th Anniversary of its founding. Entitled “Lincklaen’s Vision,” the statue will be installed in Lakeland Park in Cazenovia on “Founder’s Day” in October 2018. The statue will be cast in bronze, slightly larger than life to present a monumental presence in the outdoor environment.
Interested in learning more about Cazenovia history?
Cazenovia: The Story of an Upland Community By Cazenovia Preservation Foundation, INC
Upland Idyll: Images of Cazenovia New York (1860-1900) by Russell A Grills
Nature’s Masterpiece: Cazenovia (Sponsored by Cazenovia Merchants and Friends)
Owahgena: Being a History of the Town and Village of Cazenovia by Henry Severance
Online newspaper archives (1800-2016)