Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Visit To The Potsdam, New York Museum - Part 2

I was touring the town museum in Potsdam, New York (see Part 1, posted yesterday) and came to this photo of Jonah Sanford, who lived from 1790 to 1867. He served in the State Assembly, U.S. Congress and as judge in the Court of Common Pleas. Like many of those who settled Potsdam, he was originally from Vermont. His final home was in the rural town of Hopkinton, near where I live:

The wedding gown of Ada Welch Larkin, of cream satin. She wore it when she married A. Raymond Powers on September 1, 1910:

Henry Liberty Knowles, 1815-1852, a prominent attorney and judge. He and his wife built a Greek Revival house in 1842 at 48 Elm Street, Potsdam which is now a Bed and Breakfast. It is known as the Brambles Inn and Gardens, and you can see lots of photos of it at their website:

Dining room furniture, c. 1800-1820, was handed down from generation to generation of the Knowles family. It was originally used in the Liberty and Melinda Knowles house on Market Street in Potsdam:

Jane Lucretia Brush Knowles, 1817-1907:

A wooden and leather document box, 1830. The D.L stood for Daniel Lewis, the original owner:

A child's leather shoe, c. 1880:

Pairs of wooden ice skates, c. 1860-1880. This north country had notably cold winters and ice skating must have been a popular hobby:

Noble Strong Elderkin, 1810-1875. He was the son of a local wheelwright:

Emma Brooks Gurley, 1815-1886, a local girl who became the wife of Dr. Phineas Densmore Gurley, pastor to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington D.C:

A hooded cradle, c. 1816-1827. This was unusual because the rocking runners were configured along the length of the box instead of the width:

There was no sign on this tricycle but I found it especially interesting:

Victorian nightclothes for the whole family and a glimpse of the stained glass windows from the former Unitarian Church:

From the Potsdam Piano Forte Manufactory, 1843:

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