Northern Lights

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Occasionally on clear nights, you can see from Sodus Point, the Northern Lights glimmering like multi-colored drapes in the northern sky. Amber Allen took this photo on May 26, 2017 looking out past the  pier light.

Geraldo Rivera’s Sailboat

July 2015

 

For the next few weeks, Geraldo Rivera’s sailboat “Voyager” is being refurbished at Katlyn Marina.  Doug Hazlitt has brought in another historic vessel.  This time a beautiful 68 foot sailboat that Geraldo Rivera went around the world in.

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Here is a video tour of the ship: tour

Here are pictures of Voyager in Katlyn Marina

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Stop in and see this beautiful sailboat……

Davina McNaney’s Run (2015 and 2018)

2015

 

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 Davina  went  a ‘running,

470  miles.

From  Michigan  to  New  York,

she  always  gave  us  smiles.

She  gave  breast  cancer a  ‘beating

it  never  will  forget.

And  along  the  way, won  the  hearts

of  everyone  she  met.

 Davina McNaney is an amazing and inspirational  woman who grew up and was married in Sodus Point. She is a breast cancer survivor who wanted to help fund breast cancer research and ran 470 miles from Michigan to Sodus Point and raised over $20,000! To read more about her epic endeavor click the link below:

http://www.runmi2ny.com/

 

2018

Davina does it again; this time running 380 miles from Boston to Sodus Point!

The Finale!Through 4 states, over the mountains, through the woods and in blistering heat, Davina finished unscathed….

Posted by Steve McNaney on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

http://bostrun2ny.com/

 

First Steamboat in Sodus Bay

 

 

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 We have  just recently discovered that the first steamboat in regular service on the Great Lakes stopped in Troupville (later to be renamed Sodus Point) on its maiden voyage on April 25, 1817 commanded by Captain Malaby.

 

 

 

 

 

Read all about it by clicking this link:   http://historicsoduspoint.com/commerce/schooners-and-steamboats/steamboat-ontario-at-troupville/

Hobos in Sodus Point

 

For many years, Sodus Point has been a “destination” for visitors. This was also true for Hobos.

 

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Read all about this lost “Culture America”:

 

http://historicsoduspoint.com/people/hobos-in-sodus-point/

 

Is this the Sodus Point Slave Tunnel?

 

Ground Penetrating Radar has given us new evidence and information about the existence of the Underground Railroad Slave Tunnel in Sodus Point! Click the following link for the latest news:

 

http://historicsoduspoint.com/slaves-in-sodus-point/sodus-point-tunnel/the-sodus-point-tunnel-revealed/

 

Update as of 9/22/13: We had Ken Artl (who is  a Mason specializing in Cobblestone House Restorations) examine the tunnel and take a number of mortar and pipe samples within the 20 foot tunnel. The mortar was chemically analyzed and found to be of the portland cement variety first used in this area no earlier than the early 1900s. The remnant of the 2.5 inch pipe found was wrapped in sheet type asbestos. Another interesting discovery was that the tunnel was constructed by first digging a ditch and then creating the arched tunnel and covering it up again.The conclusion from this analysis is that the tunnel was not used as part of the Underground Railroad movement. It was used to transport utilities to various sections of the house; probably piped water, and/or steam or later electricity.

 

 

Trolley

The Rochester and Sodus Bay Railroad ran trolleys from Rochester to Sodus Point from 1900 – 1929. The trolley was an important part of Sodus Point. Click the link below to learn more.

 

http://historicsoduspoint.com/commerce/trolley/

Travel Back in Time to Sodus Point in the Early 1900s

 

 

Come with me in my time machine as I walk arround  Sodus Point in the early 1900s and narrate all the sights. Its a hopping place!

 

Click this link:  https://vimeo.com/50679130

 

 

What’s New?

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September 25, 2018

I have added an old photo and write up of the Red and White Grocry Store from the 1930s. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Businesses and then click on Red and White Grocery – 1930s.

 

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September 21, 2018

I have added photos and a write up of the Bay Shore House. You can view it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on Houses and then click on Bay Shore House

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September 7, 2018

I have added an old photo and write up of the E A Button General Store from the 1907. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Businesses and then click on E A Button General Store – 1907

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August 29, 2018

I have added a write up and aerial video showing the dredging of the Sodus Bay Channel. You can view it by clicking on the Sodus Point Memories tab on the top menu, then click on Dredging (2018)

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August 18, 2018

I have added a list and data of Steamboats that plied Sodus Bay. You can view it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on Schooners and Steamboats and then click on Steamboats of Sodus Bay Info

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August 18, 2018

I have added an old 1857 Chart of Sodus Bay. You can view it by clicking on the Maps tab on the top menu, then click on 1857 Chart of Sodus Bay

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August 17, 2018

I have added an old photo and write up of the Gulf Station from the 1950s. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Businesses and then click on Gulf Station – 1950s

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August 7, 2018

I have added an old photo and write up of the Helfer’s Boat Livery and Restaurant from the 1930s. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Businesses and then click on Helfer’s Boat Livery – 1930s

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August 7, 2018

I have added an old photo of folks renting boats  from the early 1900s. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Recreation and then click on A Day on the Bay – early 1900s

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August 2, 2018

I have added an old photo and write up of the Sodus Point Bait Shop from the late 1970s. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Businesses and then click on Sodus Point Bait Shop – late 1970s

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July 31, 2018

I have added an old photo and 3 newapaper articles of the McSnack Stand from 1989. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Businesses and then click on McSnack

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July 29, 2018

I have added an old 1950s photo looking over the bay from on top of the coal Trestle. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Coal Trestle then click on Looking over the Bay.

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July 24, 2018

I have added an old photo showing the use of the boatswain chair taken from on top of the coal Trestle. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Coal Trestle then click on Boatswain Chair.

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July 19, 2018

I have added an web page showing pictures and information on the Coal Ships that came to the Coal Trestle. You can view it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on Railroad and Coal Trestle then click on Coal Ships.

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July 16, 2018

I have added an old photo taken on top of the coal Trestle. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Coal Trestle then click on On top of the coal trestle.

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July 13, 2018

I have added an old photo of Sailboat Racing from  1958. You can view it by clicking on the Recreation tab on the top menu, then click on Sailboat Racing – 1958

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July 12, 2018

I have added an old photo of the DoVille’s Ice Cream Stand from the late 1940s. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Businesses and then click on DoVille’s Ice Cream Stand

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July 8, 2018

I have added an old photos of the Steuerwalds Silver Dollar and the Chase Family Coffee Shop from 1960,. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Businesses and then click on Steuerwalds Silver Dollar 1960.

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July 7, 2018

I have added a number of old photos of the Rexall Drug Store from 1965. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Rexall Drug Store – 1965.

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July 6, 2018

I have added an old postcard showing the Sodus Point beach second pier in 1906. You can view it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Second Pier – 1906.

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May 26, 2018

I have added a 3 minute video of the past and present beauty of Sodus Point. You can view it by clicking on the The beauty of Sodus Point tab on the top menu, then click on Sodus Point – Somewhere in Time.

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May 24, 2018

I have added photos and information on Sodus Point’s first ambulance. You can read about it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Fire Dept then click on First Ambulance – 1940.

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May 22, 2018

I have added photos and an article of the 1972 Bacorn Building Fire. You can read about it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Bacorn Building Fire – February 1972.

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May 22, 2018

I have added photos and an article of the 1972 Bacorn Building Fire. You can read about it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Bacorn Building Fire – February 1972.

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May 22, 2018

I have added photos and an article of the 1972 Bacorn Building Fire. You can read about it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Bacorn Building Fire – February 1972.

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May 22, 2018

I have added photos and an article of the 1972 Bacorn Building Fire. You can read about it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Bacorn Building Fire – February 1972.

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May 16, 2018

I have added a photo of smelting circa 1950s. You can read about it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Smelting – 1950s.

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May 8, 2018

I have added a newspaper article about the fire that destroyed the Sodus Point Hotel. You can read about it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on Hotels, then click on Sodus Point Hotel Fire.

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May 4, 2018

I have added an newspaper article from 1972 about the Fire Dept. acquiring the “Duck” . Click on the Old Photos tab on the top menu and then click the Sodus Point Fire Dept. “Duck” tab.

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April 28, 2018

I have added an 1974 map of Sodus Bay and the surrounding area with many annotated historic sites. Click on the Maps tab on the top menu and then click the 1974 Annotated Sodus Bay Map tab.

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April 27, 2018

I have added an 1810 map of Troupville. Click on the Maps tab on the top menu and then click the Troupville – 1810 tab.

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April 25, 2018

I have added the writeup for the proposed City of Sodus Bay that was never built. Click on the Artifacts tab on the top menu and then click the The City of Sodus Bay tab.

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April 10, 2018

I have added pictures and the writeup for the new Historic Sodus Point Mural. Click on the Murals tab on the top menu and then click the Historic Sodus Point Mural tab.

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February 13, 2018

I have added a photo showing a locomotive pushing coal cars onto the trestle. You can read about it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Coal Trestle, then click on Pushing Cars onto the Trestle.

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January 30, 2018

I have added a photo showing a Coal Ship loading at the Coal Trestle. You can read about it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Coal Ship Loading at the Trestle.

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January 29, 2018

I have added a photo showing the Coal Trestle and the Road underneath it. You can read about it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Coal Trestle and Road.

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January 28, 2018

I have added information about the the sad yet funny story of the Inner Pier Light. You can read about it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on Whatever Happened to the Inner Pier Light?.

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December 30, 2017

I have added information about the 1913 Yacht Wrinkle. You can read about it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on Schooners and Steamboats, then click on Wrinkle Yacht – 1913

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October 15, 2017

I have added a second video of the coal trestle fire taken from a boat in the bay. You can watch it by clicking on the BuildingsSodus Point Memories tab on the top menu, then click on Coal Trestle Fire Videos, then click on Coal Trestle Fire 2 – 11/11/1971

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October 8, 2017

I have added a humorous article about George Helfer and his knitting. You can read it by clicking on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on George Helfer.

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October 4, 2017

I have added an article about Captain Charles T. DoVille and the first boat livery in Sand Point. You can read it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on Captain Charles T. DoVille.

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September 24, 2017

I have added a link to early moring drone video taken at the lighthouse. You can watch it by clicking on the The Beauty of Sodus Point tab on the top menu, then click on Early Morning Lighthouse Drone Video.

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September 22, 2017

I have added a photo of The White Bakery. You can read all about it by clicking on the Old Photos tab on the top menu, then click on The White Bakery (1940s).

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August 28, 2017

I have added a write up on the Mansion House. You can read all about it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on Houses, then click on Mansion House

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August 24, 2017

I have added a write up on the Maxwell Settlement Cemetery of Sodus Point . You can read all about it by clicking on the Artifacts tab on the top menu, then click on Maxwell Settlement Cemetery – Rediscovering Our Past
submenu

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August 20, 2017

I have added a write up on the Swales Family of Sodus Point . You can read all about it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on Swales Family submenu

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July 20, 2017

I have added a write up on the Kallusch Boat Builders of Sodus Point . You can read all about it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on Kallusch Boat Builders submenu

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July 13, 2017

I have added a write up on the death of the last victim wounded in the battle of Sodus Point that took place over 140+ years after the battle! You can read all about it by clicking on the War and Battles tab on the top menu, then click on The Willow Tree, The Cannon Ball and the Battle of Sodus Point submenu

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July 7, 2017

I have added a  write up on the 100 mph ice boat called the Doodle-Bug.  You can read all about it by clicking on the Recreation tab on the top menu, then click on Doodle-Bug submenu

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July 6, 2017

I have added a  write up on the Camp Beechwood  Cobblestone Building.  You can read all about it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on Camp Beechwood Cobblestone Building submenu

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June 25, 2017

I have added a new write-up on the World War 1 Memorial and Plaque.  You can read all about it by clicking on the Plaques tab on the top menu, then click on the Plaques tab  and then click on World War 1 submenu

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June 25, 2017

I have added a newspaper clipping about rumors of the Coal Trestle to close.  You can read all about it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on the Coal Trestle to Close submenu.

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May 30, 2017

I have added a new section on the Railroad that never was.  You can read all about it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Railroad and Coal Trestle tab  then click on the Railroad tab  and then click on The Railroad That Never Was submenu.

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May 28, 2017

I have added a new section on the Beauty of Sodus Point dealing with the Northern Lights.  You can read all about it by clicking on the Beauty of Sodus Point tab on the top menu, then click on the Northern Lights submenu.

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May 2, 2017

I have added a new section on the main menu for old photos. Under this new category I have added a photo on flooding from 1953. You can read all about it by clicking on the Old photos tab on the top menu, then click on the Flooding submenu.

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November 10, 2016

I have added the nineth letter between Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh and Thomas Jefferson. You can read all about it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on the Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh submenu then click on the Peregrine Fitzhugh Letters submenu and then click on the Jefferson Letters and finally click on Jefferson to Fitzhugh (Letter 9) .

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November 10, 2016

I have added the eighth letter between Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh and Thomas Jefferson. You can read all about it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on the Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh submenu then click on the Peregrine Fitzhugh Letters submenu and then click on the Jefferson Letters and finally click on Jefferson to Fitzhugh (Letter 8) .

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November 09, 2016

I have added the fifth letter between Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh and Thomas Jefferson. You can read all about it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on the Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh submenu then click on the Peregrine Fitzhugh Letters submenu and then click on the Jefferson Letters and finally click on Jefferson to Fitzhugh (Letter 5) .

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November 08, 2016

I have added the third letter between Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh and Thomas Jefferson. You can read all about it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on the Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh submenu then click on the Peregrine Fitzhugh Letters submenu and then click on the Jefferson Letters and finally click on Jefferson to Fitzhugh (Letter 3) .

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October 27, 2016

I have added the seventh letter between Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh and Thomas Jefferson. You can read all about it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on the Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh submenu then click on the Peregrine Fitzhugh Letters submenu and then click on the Jefferson Letters and finally click on Fitzhugh to Jefferson (Letter 7) .

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October 25, 2016

I have added the sixth letter between Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh and Thomas Jefferson. You can read all about it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on the Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh submenu then click on the Peregrine Fitzhugh Letters submenu and then click on the Jefferson Letters and finally click on Fitzhugh to Jefferson (Letter 6) .

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October 21, 2016

I have added the fourth letter between Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh and Thomas Jefferson. You can read all about it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on the Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh submenu then click on the Peregrine Fitzhugh Letters submenu and then click on the Jefferson Letters and finally click on Fitzhugh to Jefferson (Letter 4) .

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October 14, 2016

I have added a link to a web site that show the Town of Sodus deceased Veterans. The lists contain the Last and First Name, Cemetery where they are buried and the War they fought in pieces of Information. You can view it by clicking on the War & Battles tab on the top menu, then click on the Town of Sodus Deceased Veterans Lists tab.

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September 24, 2016

I have added a 26 minute presentation of the Quirky Stories and Characters of Sodus Point. You can view it by clicking on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the Ling Eaters and Other Strange Fish Presentation tab.

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September 16, 2016

I have added documentation of those men from Sodus Point who fought in the Civil War. You can view it by clicking on the War and Battles tab on the top menu, then click on the Civil War tab.

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September 4, 2016

I have added a short video of our last concert at the lighthouse for the 2016 season. You can view it by clicking on the The Beauty of Sodus Point tab on the top menu, then click on the Lighthouse Concert tab.

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August 25, 2016

I have added a photo and writeup on the Home Comfort Cottage. You can view it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on the Houses , then click on the Home Comfort Cottage tab.

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July 19, 2016

I have added a video shot from a drone showing the Sodus Point fireworks of July 3 2016. You can view it by clicking on the The Beauty of Sodus Point tab on the top menu, then click on the Drone Fireworks July 3 2016 submenu.

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July 19, 2016

I have added a video showing the sky lanterns launch of July 4, 2015. You can view it by clicking on the The Beauty of Sodus Point tab on the top menu, then click on the Sky Lanterns Lauch – July 4 2015 submenu.

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July 12, 2016

I have added info, music and pictures of the Dolphin. You can view it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on the Dolphin submenu.

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July 8, 2016

I have added info and a picture of Danny’s Superette. You can view it by clicking on the Sodus Point Memories tab on the top menu, then click on the Dannys Superette submenu.

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May 12, 2016

I have added a 30 minute presentation of the Underground Railroad in Local History. This 30 min. presentation tells how the “Freedom Seekers” got to our area. It also tells three documented stories of them coming to Sodus Point. It tells of the 2 ship captains who transported them to Canada onboard their ships and finally tells about the investigation into the rumored Underground RR tunnel in our village. You can view it by clicking on the Slavery tab on the top menu, then click on the Underground Railroad in Local History submenu.

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April 27, 2016

I have added our newest plaque about the Underground RR safe house at Maxwell Creek B&B Inn. You can view it by clicking on the Plaques tab on the top menu, then click on the Plaques submenu and then click Underground RR .

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January 20, 2016

I have added an article about a horse powered boat that was planned to go between Oswego and Sodus Bay. You can view it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on the Horse Powered Boat
submenu.

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January 13, 2016

I have added photos and a flyer of the steamboat Arundell. You can view it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Schooners and Steamboats
submenu and then click on Arundell.

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January 4, 2016

I have addded a story about Salt trade going through Sodus Point in 1808.You can view it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Early Salt Trade
submenu.

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December 19, 2015

I have added 2 spreadsheets that show Sodus Point Maritime Occupations from the 1850 U.S. Census and Pultneyville Maritime Occupations from the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Census. You can view the spreadsheets by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Maritime Occupations and Sailors
submenu and then click on Maritime Occupations.

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December 15, 2015

I have added a collage of photos showing Sodus Point’s Happy Days in the 1950s. You can see it by clicking on the Sodus Point Memories tab on the top menu, then click on the Happy Days
submenu.

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December 10, 2015

I have added an article about early transportation to and from our village (before 1850). You can read it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Early Transportation
submenu.

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December 8, 2015

I have added an article about David Roger’s ship building in Sodus Point. You can read it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Schooners and Steam Boats
submenu and then click on Rogers Ship Building.

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December 8, 2015

I have added an article about Henry Doville’s ship building in Sodus Point. You can read it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Schooners and Steam Boats
submenu and then click on Doville Ship Building.

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December 6, 2015

I have added a video recreation of the Sodus Point fog horn with the pier light in the background. You can read about it and watch it by clicking on the The Beauty of Sodus Point tab on the top menu, then click on the Fog Horn and Pier Light submenu.

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December 5, 2015

I have added an Arch Merrill article about Steamboats on Sodus Bay. You can read it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Schooners and Steam Boats
submenu and then click on Steamboats on Sodus Bay.

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December 4, 2015

I have added info about our Vessels built over the years in both Sodus Point and Pultneyville. You can read it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Schooners and Steam Boats
submenu and then click on Vessels Built in our Area.

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December 2, 2015

I have added the history of the Johnson House (Bay Street Hotel). You can read all about it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on the Houses submenu and then click Johnson House (Bay Street Hotel)

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November 27, 2015

I have added the first letter between Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh and Thomas Jefferson. You can read all about it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on the Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh submenu then click on the Peregrine Fitzhugh Letters submenu and then click on the Jefferson Letters and finally click on Fitzhugh to Jefferson (Letter 1) .

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November 25, 2015

I have added the history of the Lake Crest (MacKensie) House. You can read all about it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on the Houses submenu and then click Lake Crest

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November 24, 2015

I have added the fourth letter between Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh and George Washington. You can read all about it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on the Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh submenu then click on the Peregrine Fitzhugh Letters submenu and then click on the Washington Letters and finally click on Fitzhugh to Washington (Letter 4) .

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November 17, 2015

I have added a Sodus Bay Webcam to my website. You can get a live view of our beautiful bay by clicking on the Sodus Bay Webcam tab on the top menu and following the instructions

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November 13, 2015

I have added the story of how it was planned to use 200 Turkish Angora Goats to clear Garfield (now Eagle) Island. You can read all about it by clicking on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the Turkish Goats of Garfield (Eagle) Island submenu.

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October 30, 2015

I have added the history of our the Salt Works School House. You can read all about it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on the Schools submenu then click on Salt Works School House.

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October 27, 2015

I have added the history of our area mills. You can read all about it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Area Mills submenu.

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October 26, 2015

I have added the history of our Fire Department that celebrated its 100 years of service in 2010. You can read all about it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on the Firefighters – Our Hometown Heroes submenu.

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October 23, 2015

I have added the story of a French Fort on Sodus Bay in the early 1700s before our village was founded. You can read all about it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on the French Fort on Sodus Bay? submenu.

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October 21, 2015

I have added a story about the 1986 Powerboat Race here in Sodus Point. You can read all about it by clicking on the Recreation tab on the top menu, then click on the 1986 Powerboat Race off of Sodus Point submenu.

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October 19, 2015

I have added a quirky story about the first meeting in our town. You can read all about it by clicking on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the First Meeting in our Town submenu.

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October 18, 2015

I have added a story about the migrant workers in our area in the 1940s and 50s. You can read all about it by clicking on the Sodus Point Memories tab on the top menu, then click on the Migrant Workers submenu.

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October 17, 2015

I have added a story about the human side of our German POWS kept here in Sodus Point. You can read all about it by clicking on the Wars & Battles tab on the top menu, then click on the POW – The Human Side submenu.

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October 16, 2015

I have added a story about tobogganing in the 1940s and 50s. You can read all about it by clicking on the Recreation tab on the top menu, then click on the Tobagganing submenu.

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October 15, 2015

I have added a video showing kitesurfing at our beach. You can read all about it by clicking on the Recreation tab on the top menu, then click on the Kitesurfing submenu.

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October 14, 2015

I have added the story of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles visiting Sodus Point. You can read all about it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on the Secretary of State Foster Dulles submenu.

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October 13, 2015

I have added the story of swimming the channel. A Sodus Point “rite of passage” in the 1940s and 50s. You can read all about it by clicking on the Sodus Point Memories tab on the top menu, then click on the Swimming the Channel submenu.

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October 11, 2015

I have added another quirky story. This time about Whiskey Jim. You can read all about it by clicking on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the Whiskey Jim submenu.

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October 10, 2015

I have added the story of the Murder of Jim Hall. You can read all about it by clicking on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the The Murder of Jim Hall submenu.

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October 8, 2015

I have added the history of the Custom House. You can read all about it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on the Houses submenu and then click Custom House

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October 7, 2015

I have added the history of Katlynn Marine. You can read all about it by clicking on the Recreation tab on the top menu, then click on the Boat Marinas submenu and then click Katlynn Marine .

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October 4, 2015

I have added information about the Bayshore Amusement Park. You can read all about it by clicking on the Recreation tab on the top menu, then click on the Bayshore Amusement Park submenu.

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October 3, 2015

I have added information about The lotus flowers in Sodus Bay. You can read all about it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on the Lotus Flowers in Sodus Bay submenu.

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October 1, 2015

I have added information about DoVille’s Ice Cream Stand and their wonderful home made cones. You can read all about it by clicking on the Sodus Point Memories tab on the top menu, then click on the Mrs. DoVille’s Ice Cream Cones submenu.

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September 27, 2015

I have added the beginning Introduction to recently discovered letters between Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh and George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. You can read all about it by clicking on the People tab on the top menu, then click on the Colonel Peregrine Fitzhugh submenu then click on the Peregrine Fitzhugh Letters submenu and then click on the Peregrine Fitzhugh Letters (Introduction) .

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September 22, 2015

I have added rare video footage of a Coal Ship coming into Sodus Bay. You can read all about it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on the Coal Ship Coming into the Bay submenu.

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September 20, 2015

I have added info on the Iron Ore Dock. You can read all about it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Iron Ore Dock submenu.

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September 17, 2015

I have added The History of Eagle Island. You can read all about it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on the History of Eagle Island submenu.

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September 13, 2015

I have added info about our Railroad Yard. You can read it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Railroad And Coal Trestle submenu and then click on Railroad and then Railroad Yard.

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September 11, 2015

I have added a Wayne County Times article about Henry Zerbe. You can read it by clicking on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Railroad And Coal Trestle submenu and then click on Henry Zerbe.

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September 10, 2015

I have added information about the Railroad Roundhouse. You can read all about it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on the Railroad  submenu and then click on Railroad Roundhouse.

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September 7, 2015

I have added information about the Railroad Y restaurant and the railroad bunk house. You can read all about it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on the Railroad  submenu and then click on Railroad Y And Bunk house.

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September 4, 2015

I have added information about the names of the islands in Sodus Bay. You can read all about it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on the Islands in Sodus Bay submenu.

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September 3, 2015

I have added information about what we think we know about Native Americans in Sodus Bay. You can read all about it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on the Native Americans in Sodus Bay submenu.

 

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August 26, 2015

I have added information about Sodus Bay Heights and the King of France. You can read all about it by clicking on the Other tab on the top menu, then click on the Sodus Bay Heights & the King of France submenu.

 

August 24, 2015

 

I have added another Quirky Story about the curious case of the No Name Cheese. To read about this simply click on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the No Name Cheese submenu.

August 14, 2015

 

I have added another Quirky Story about Ling Eaters.  Ling Eaters was a derogatory name for those who lived in Sodus Point. To read about this title simply  click on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the Ling Eaters submenu.

 

August 14, 2015

 

I have added another Quirky Story about Old Tom.  Old Tom was a beloved character who graced our town from the 1920s through the 1940s.  Simply  click on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the Old Tom submenu.

 

August 11, 2015

 

I have added information about the contributions made by  African American in Sodus and the surrounding area. You can read all about it  by clicking on the Slavery tab on the top menu, then click on the African Americans in Sodus submenu.

 

August 10, 2015

 

I have added information about Taxi Dancing in Sodus Point. You can read all about it  by clicking on the Recreation tab on the top menu, then click on the Taxi Dancing submenu.

 

August 4, 2015

 

I have added images and the write up  of the new Town of Sodus Mural with scenes representing the 5 hamlets and 2 villages (including Sodus Point) within the Township of Sodus. You can see the new mural and read about each scene by clicking on the Murals tab on the top menu, then click on the Town of Sodus Mural submenu. Dedication of this new mural will take place on Sunday, August 09 at 2 PM at the corner of Maple and Main Streets in Sodus.

 

July 28, 2015

 

I have added another Quirky Story about The Piano in the Back of the Truck .  Yes you read that right. You can’t make this stuff up.  Simply  click on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the The Piano in the Back of the Truck submenu.

July  14, 2015

 

I have added  a new post about Geraldo Rivera’s sailboat Voyager that is at Katlyn Marina for refurbishing.  Scroll to the right in the scroll bar with the small images on it on the home page until you see Voyager’s  image and then click on it. Read the story of this beautiful sailboat.

 

July 10, 2015

 

I have added another Quirky Story about Billy Boomerang.  Billy was a local boy who became a world champion boomerang thrower and achieved legendary status on Padre Island. Simply  click on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the Billy Boomerang submenu.

 

July  8, 2015

 

I have added  a new post about Davina McNaney’s amazing 470 mile run from Michigan to Sodus Point to raise money for breast cancer research. Scroll to the right in the scroll bar with the small images on it on the home page until you see Davina’s  image and then click on it. Read the story of this amazing and inspirational woman who raised over $20,000 for cancer research. Go Davina

 

June  9, 2015

 

I have added Wickham’ s Marine list for the year 1817. In Wickam’s Marine List, Captain William Wickham tracked ships coming into and leaving Troupville (later to be renamed Sodus Point). In his write up, he identified the type of vessel (usually a schooner), its name, its Captain’s name, its cargo and where it was heading. To read all about it,  click on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Schooners and Steamboats submenu and then click Wickhams Marine List.

 

June  8, 2015

 

We have  just recently discovered that the first steamboat in regular service on the Great Lakes stopped in Troupville (later to be renamed Sodus Point) on its maiden voyage on April 25, 1817 commanded by Captain Malaby. To read all about it,  click on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the Schooners and Steamboats submenu and then click Steamboat Ontario at Troupville.

 

May 27, 2015

 

I have added information about the Hobos camp that was in Sodus Point in the 1940s and 1950s. Click on the People tab on the top menu, then click on the Hobos in Sodus Point submenu.

 

May 27, 2015

 

I have added how about 40% of downtown Sodus Point was reclaimed from Lake Ontario. Click on the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click on the The Building of Sodus Point submenu.

 

May 22, 2015

 

I have added another Quirky Story about the horse that drank beer.  Simply  click on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the The Horse That Drank Beer submenu.

 

May 18, 2015

 

I have added another Quirky Story about how Christian Holler Road got its name.  Simply  click on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the Christian Holler submenu.

 

May 18, 2015

 

I have added another Quirky Story about humor during the Battle of Sodus Point.  Simply  click on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the Humor during the Battle of Sodus  Point submenu.

 

May 15, 2015

 

I have added a new section that tells some of the Quirky Stories of Sodus Point. Leading off  is the story of the day a Swordfish (what!?!) was caught in Sodus Bay.  Simply  click on the Quirky Stories tab on the top menu, then click on the Swordfish Caught in Sodus Bay submenu.

 

May 13, 2015

 

I have added information about the Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club. The information includes a link to its history and a Sirius Radio broadcast about Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (who was our first golf pro) at our golf club.   Simply  click on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on the Clubs submenu and then click on the Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club submenu.

 

May 12, 2015

 

I have added information about the Sodus Bay Yacht Club. The information includes a link to its history and a youtube video that contains spectacular footage of the Yacht Club and Sodus Bay that was shot from a remote controlled drone.   Simply  click on the Buildings tab on the top menu, then click on the Clubs submenu and then click on the Sodus Bay Yacht Club submenu.

 

April 24, 2015

 

I have added a picture and information about the Sodus Bay Social Club  (circa 1920 – 1930).   Simply  click on the Sodus Point  Memories tab on the top menu and then click on the Sodus Bay Social Club submenu.

 

April 21, 2015

 

I have information about the Sodus Point Malt House.   Simply  click on the Buildings tab on the top menu and then click on the Malt House

submenu.

April 11, 2015

 

I have updated the upcoming historic events section for 2015. Simply  click on  Upcoming Historic Events on the top menu.

Feb. 1, 2015

 

I have added a picture of Go Kart Racing on Sodus Bay (circa 1968 – 1971).   Simply  click on the Sodus Point  Memories tab on the top menu and then click on the Go Kart Racing on Sodus Bay submenu.

 

Oct. 6, 2014

 

I have added a timeline main menu option so you can search about major historical stories of Sodus Point in a chronological manner.   Simply  click on the Timeline tab on the top menu and then click on which ever submenu  gets you to the to the timeframe you are interested in.

Sept 19, 2014

 

I have added a three page article about the dedication ceremony written in 1927 of the Asher Warner and 1812 Peace Garden Plaques by the Daughters of 1812.   Read all about it by clicking on the Plaques tab on the top menu and then click either the 1812 Peace Garden Plaque submenu  or the Asher Warner Plaque submenu. The links to the article are on the bottom of the page.

 

Sept 9, 2014

 

I have added the folklore tale of the British Pay Ship that is said to haunt our Bay.  Read all about it by clicking on the Sodus Point Memories tab on the top menu and then click the Myths and Folklore submenu  and then click the British Pay Ship submenu.

 

July 2, 2014

 

I have added an aerial photograph (and information) of Greig Street in 1965 showing the Dolphin, roller skate rink, etc.  Read all about it by clicking on the Sodus Point Memories tab on the top menu and then click the Sodus Point 1965 submenu.

 

June 8, 2014

 

I have added  information about the Guild Hall that we now know as the Village Offices. Read all about it by clicking on the Buildings tab on the top menu and then click the Guild Hall submenu.

 

May 7, 2014

 

I have added  information about the Sands Point Amusement Park that existed in the 1950s where the beach park now is. Read all about it by clicking on the Memories tab on the top menu and then click the Sands Point Amusement Park submenu.

 

April 23, 2014

 

I have added to the information on E.H. Harriman an article that Arch Merrill wrote about him for the Sunday, September 19, 1954 edition of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. . Read all about it by clicking on the People  tab on the top menu and then click the E.H. Harriman submenu.

 

April 19, 2014

 

I have updated the Upcoming Historic Events section. On Sunday, August 3, we will be doing guided Trolley Rides from Sodus Point to Sodus on “Molly the Trolley” a recreation of a vintage trolley car. Read all about it by clicking on the Upcoming Historic Events  tab on the top menu..

 

April 18, 2014

 

I have added information on the new Seaways Trail Interpretive Panel that will be installed at the Lighthouse this spring.  Read all about it by clicking the Plaques tab on the top menu, then click Intrepretive Panels on the sub menu, then click SEAWAY Trails War of 1812 BRITISH RAIDS.

 

March 17, 2014

 

I have greatly expanded the information about the coal trestle by adding the 1972 Hoffman paper ” A History of the Coal Trestle at Sodus Point” by Susan Yancey VanAcker. I have also added a sound track of a coal shaker so people who never heard it get an idea what it sounded like and for those that did to bring back old memories. Read all about it by clicking the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click Coal Trestle on the sub menu.

 

January 8, 2014

 

I have added the story of the tragic train wreck that occurred in 1901. The train had left Sodus Point and a number of Sodus Point residents were killed or injured in the wreck. Read all about this sad story by clicking the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click Railroad on the sub menu and then click Tragic Train Wreck.

 

 

December 22, 2013

 

I have updated the  Sodus Point Lakers info in the Memories section. I interviewed Ken Johnson and Don Johnson of the Sodus Point Chiefs and added some of their fond memories of playing on Sodus Point’s semi pro baseball team in the early 1950s.  Click the Memories tab on the top menu, then click Sodus Point Lakers.

 

December 14, 2013

 

I have added a photo (circa 1940) of the carpenters and their cooks that maintained the Coal Trestle. View it by clicking  Commerce on the top menu, then click Coal Trestle Workers on the sub menu

 

December 10, 2013

 

I have added an additional fishing chart from 1940 – 1950 that was shared by Doris Chase.  Also note the cabins and motels (lower left on map) that were around the Bay at that time. View it by clicking  Memories on the top menu, then click  Fishing Chart (1930 -1950) on the sub menu

 

December 3, 2013

 

Seasons Greeting to all. The newly erected trolley pole in Willow Park has been decorated for Christmas! We have added a video Christmas card featuring the Trolley Pole and its new song!   View it by clicking  the decorated trolley pole on the slider bar. Have a Jolly Trolley Christmas! 

 

November 18, 2013

 

I have added a fishing chart from 1930 – 1940 that was shared by James Loves.  View it by clicking  Memories on the top menu, then click  Fishing Chart (1930 -1940) on the sub menu

 

October 27, 2013

 

I have added a poster that’s has an artistic rendition and tells the story of the Sodus Pt. Fish & Crab House, Inc. It also includes the brief history of  Joe’s Place, The Dolphin and Captain Kelley’s restaurants that were formerly at the same location. Read all about it by clicking  the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click  Sodus Pt. Fish & Crab House on the sub menu.

 

August 22, 2013

 

I have added a photo of the new Trolley Pole and its plaque with the write up that is on the plaque.  Read all about it by clicking  the Plaques tab on the top menu, then click  Plaques on the sub menu and then click Trolley.

 

August 20, 2013

 

What was Prohibition like in our village? Read all about it by clicking  the Memories tab on the top menu, then click  Prohibition.

 

August 13, 2013

 

Did you know that Sodus Bay is only one of twelve places in New York State where mail is delivered by boat? Read all about it by clicking  the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click  Boat Mail Delivery On Sodus Bay.

 

August 9, 2013

 

I have added another person (Dr. William Darby Cooke) to those who ran safe houses as part of the Underground Railroad in Sodus Point. What makes this a unique story is that this is the only safe house in Sodus Point that has a written historical reference to harboring fugitive slaves and also has the name of a fugitive slave that was harbored there.  Click the Slavery tab on the top menu, then click  Dr. William Darby Cooke  

 

 

August 1, 2013

 

This summer history was made in a way many in Sodus Point would have preferred not to have happened. Our village was hit by a very severe summer storm packing winds of 70 MPH. Read all about it by clicking  the Memories tab on the top menu, then click  Summer Storms – 2013.

 

July 19, 2013

 

How did the fugitive slaves get to Sodus Point? I have created a fictional account of one family’s long road to freedom from South Carolina to Sodus Point based on historical facts. Click the Slavery tab on the top menu, then click  How the Freedom Seekers got to Sodus Point .

 

July 9, 2013

 

Stop the presses!!! New information and evidence has come about the Sodus Point Slave Tunnels thanks to Ground Penetrating Radar. Read all about it. Click on the Sodus Point Tunnel Revealed? thumbnail on the slider bar or  click the Slavery tab on the top menu, then click   Sodus Point Tunnel tab and then click The Sodus Point Tunnel Revealed? .

 

June 17, 2013

To commemorate the upcoming 200th anniversary of the Battle of Sodus Point, I have created a music video.  Click the War & Battles tab on the top menu, then click   Battle of Sodus Point (The Music Video) .

 

June 12, 2013

I have added an article that lists the names of all of the Sailors from Sodus Point from approximately 1854 – 1914.  Click the Commerce tab on the top menu, then click   Sodus Point Sailors  1854 – 1914 .

 

 

May 22, 2013

I have added information about the British soldiers killed in the Battle of Sodus Point. This includes name, rank, regiment, previous occupation, etc.   Click the War & Battles tab on the top menu, then click Battle of Sodus Point War of 1812 (THE MEN). I have also added additional information about trolleys. This includes pictures of one of the few functioning trolleys from the 1920s that happens to be in Rochester, NY. which you can still ride on. I also answer questions such as how many people did it take to run the trolley and how did it reverse direction.  Click the Commerce  tab on the top menu, then click Trolley.

 

May 10, 2013

I have added Sodus Point Lakers to the Memories section. George Arney relates his story of playing on Sodus Point’s semi pro baseball team in the 1940s to the 1950s.  Click the Memories tab on the top menu, then click Sodus Point Lakers.

 

Feb 12th, 2013

I have added Fish Pirates to the Memories section. Deborah Hopkins  researched the little known episode in Sodus Point history around 1900. Click the Memories tab on the top menu, then click Fish Pirates.

 

Feb 3rd, 2013

I have added Santiago de Sodus Point to the Memories section. Deborah Hopkins  talks about her ancestor Benjamin Hopkins and the very unique tree house motel he made around 1900. Click the Memories tab on the top menu, then click Santiago de Sodus Point. 

 

Jan 22nd, 2013

I have added Deborah Hopkins to the Memories section. She talks about the Hopkins and DoVille familes in Sodus Point. Click the Memories tab on the top menu, then click Deborah Hopkins. I have also added a biography of Henry DoVille, Sr.. Click the People tab on the top menu, then click Henry Doville, Sr. .

 

Jan 7th, 2013

I have added a  new item to the top menu: Memories  In this section I will add people’s recollections of Sodus Point from bygone days. The first one is Doug Stark who visited Sodus Point in the 50s and 60s. Click the Memories tab on the top menu, then click Doug Stark.

 

Dec 22nd, 2012

I have added three new items to the top menu: Links, Contact Us and Upcoming Historic Events.

 

Dec 12th, 2012

I have added information about how to view or print our new Self Guided Tour Brochure of Historic Sodus Point or where you can pick one up in town. Click the Walking Tours tab on the top menu, then click  Self Guided Tour Brochure of Historic Sodus Point.

 

Dec 10th,  2012

I have added information about the new Robert Trent Jones, Sr. plaque. Click the Plaques tab on the top menu, then click the plaques sub menu and then click Robert Trent Jones, Sr.  I have also updated the walking tour map to reflect this new plaque.

 

Dec 7th, 2012

I have added information about the trolley in Sodus Point. Click the Commerce tab on the top menu then click Trolley. You can also get to it by clicking the small slider image of the trolley.

 

 

November 21, 2012 – I have added pictures and the writeup for the new coal trestle plaque. Click on the Plaques tab on the top menu and then click the Coal Trestle Plaque tab.

 

October 3, 2012 – Ever wish you could go back in time to see what Sodus Point was like in the early 1900s? I have created a simulated trip back. Join me as I walk around Sodus Point and see this exciting time in our town’s history. Click on the Walking Tours tab on the top menu and then click the Guided Tour of Sodus Point in the Early 1900s tab.

 

September 11, 2012 – Thanks to a great deal of work by my wife, I have added a section about the 1896 Methodist Church Signature Quilt. It has over 350 names on it; a who’s who of Sodus Point in the 19th century! Click on the Artifacts tab on the top menu and then click the 1896 Signature Quilt tab.

 

September 2, 2012 – I have added additional information about Sodus Points involvement in the Underground Railroad. Click on the Slaves tab on the top menu and then click the More Underground Railroad in Sodus Point tab.

 

August 24, 2012 – I have added the new War of 1812 Peace Garden Interpretive Panel. Click on the Plaques tab on the top meu and then click the War of 1812 Peace Garden Interpretive Panel tab. This has also been added to the Walking Tour of Sodus Point.

 

July 31, 2012 – I have added three poems dealing with the Underground Railroad in Sodus Point. Click the Slavery tab on the top menu and then click the Underground Railroad Poems tab.

 

July 20, 2012 – We have added information about famous celebrities that lived in Sodus Point. Click the People tab on the top menu then click Celebrities.

 

July 14, 2012 – We have added the interesting story of the 1175 foot tunnel in Sodus Point which may have been used to hide and transport runaway slaves. Its under the Slavery tab on the top menu.

 

July 6, 2012 – We have added a Feb. 1st , 2009 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story about the Newport Family which is believed to be the first free black family in Sodus Point. It is under the Slavery tab on the top menu.

 

June 21st – The finished Mural! It will be hung on the firehall on Thursday, 6/28/12 and mural dedication will be Saturday July 14 th at 1 PM.

 

 

June 12th – Work has begun on the “Underground Railroad in Sodus Point” mural. The dedication ceremony for this mural is scheduled for July 14th at 1 PM

 

April 11, 2012: With my wife’s help, we are beginning to add information about the many historic buildings in Sodus Point. More information about these buildings can be found on the top menu under “Buildings” .

 

 

Ice Harvesting on Sodus Bay

1835 – 1939

In past winters, Sodus Bay would freeze to a depth of 10 – 14 inches. From 1835 to electrification about 1939, two icehouses on the bay supplied homes and businesses with ice. A home required about 300 cakes of ice to cool the icebox all summer. A horse dragged an Ice Plow across the ice to scribe checkerboard cuts. Large floats were sawn and then cut into cakes that could be stored with straw and sawdust between them as late as October in the icehouses.

Information courtesy of the Sodus Bay Historical Society

Ice harvesting was big  business in Sodus Point, especially in the early 1900s.

The ice harvesting on Sodus Bay was expanded and distributed to  other areas outside Wayne County via railroad. During its short but labor  intensive season, upwards of 100 men were employed in the ice harvesting  business. In the 1908 issue of Refrigerating World, volume 35, page 52 it is  reported:

“Ice cutting on Sodus Bay is now under  way. The ice is 10 inches thick and of excellent quality. Warren H. Field and Charles DeVille have a contract to furnish 300  carloads of ice to the Northern Central Railroad  Company, which will be distributed among their ice houses  at Elmira, Williamsport, Sunbury and Baltimore.”

 

 

Photo of Charles Deville. Charles Deville came to Sodus Point from Quebec Canada, and he built the ship building business, that was located where the Bait and tackle was, recently owned by Chase family, next to the ball field. Charles Point is said to be named after him. Photo and information  courtesy of William Bullard.

 

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This is the only remaining ice house structure on Sodus Bay which is located on Charles Point. Now days it is used as a community center.

 

For additional photos and information about ice harvesting, please click on this link:

http://historicsoduspoint.com/ice-harvesting/

 

On at least one occasion, ice harvesting turned into bird rescue as reported in the 1913 American Ornithologist Union, volume 30, page 579

“Feeding Wild Ducks on Sodus Bay, N. Y.— Sodus Bay, one of the largest bays on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, was the scene of an interesting experiment in the feeding of wild ducks during the months of February and March, 1913. The bay, which is a large irregularly shaped body of water, containing several islands, is frequented in the spring and fall by large numbers of ducks. The winter was unusually mild up to the  first of February, and many ducks remained on an area of the bay which was open, and where they apparently found plenty of food. About February 1 the weather turned  suddenly cold, with heavy snow storms and high winds. This caused the bay to freeze entirely over, preventing the ducks from reaching there feeding grounds. On February 4 the weather was very stormy, and several thousand ducks were noted in places still remaining open. On February 5 Mr. Claude T. DeVille, the state game protector at Sodus Point, noted that the ducks were flying to places kept open by men harvesting ice. The ducks were very fearless and were apparently suffering from lack of food. On the succeeding day, February 6, he obtained a quantity of wheat, and tried feeding  the ducks. The grain was readily eaten and he immediately wrote the New York State Conservation Commission, notifying them of the presence of the ducks and  the necessity of relief measures. The Commission promptly responded, and on February 10, Mr. DeVille received word to purchase grain and feed the ducks. He first tried feeding by throwing the grain in the water, but the ducks were so weak that they apparently had difficulty in reaching bottom in sixteen feet of water. This fact alone shows the extremes to which the ducks were reduced, as they were mainly Bluebills, Redheads and Canvasbacks, all of which feed at considerable depths. He then tried placing the grain on the ice on a place scraped clear of snow near the edge of the open water. This proved successful, as the ducks immediately came out on the ice, feeding like barnyard fowls. At one place near where men employed by the Northern Central Railway Co. were harvesting ice, there were often six or seven hundred ducks feeding at one time. The ducks were fed in this manner at all the places which remained open, which varied from three or four to six or eight. They were fed at least once and often twice each day, and during the period from February 10 to March 10, when the feeding was discontinued, thirty-eight bushels of wheat were fed. The ducks soon learned to look for the grain and upon seeing Mr. DeVille starting out on the ice, would fly to where the grain was placed. At one time all the holes had frozen over, and the grain was placed on the bare ice, the ducks coming in from the lake and lighting on the ice to feed. This was at a distance of about a quarter of a mile from the open water in the lake. On February 21 being temporarily out of wheat, cracked corn was tried, but the ducks apparently did not relish it, and did not clean it up, as they did the wheat. During a period from February 12 to 16, Mr. DeVille estimated the number of ducks was at least ten thousand. They gradually scattered with the coming of milder weather, but there were several thousand still present on March 18.

Great credit must be given to both Mr. DeVille, who is a game protector of a type we need more of,  and the New York State Conservation Commission, for their prompt action in this matter, for there is no doubt that if they had not acted in time, thousands of ducks would have died of starvation.— H. E. Gordon, Rochester, N. Y. “