Cazenovia, NY Book Sale

This weekend we drove to Cazenovia, NY to attend the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library Book Sale.   As members, we were invited to the Friday evening pre-sale, which is always so pleasant because there is live music with young people playing string instruments, lots of nice local people, plus wine and cheese.  And oodles of good books!

Cazenovia Public Library

This year we stayed overnight at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street (Rte. 20), which is also always our favorite place for lunch because of their delicious popovers and their pleasant courtyard.

Lincklaen House, Cazenovia, NY

We love historic hotels!

We purchased books Friday evening and Saturday morning, and then had a pleasant walk around town.

Children reading books from the book sale under a shade tree

We enjoy learning about the history of the towns we visit when we go book scouting.   Although we’ve been to Cazenovia many times, we had never visited Lorenzo, the lovely mansion which is a State Historic Site and was the home to five generations of the Lincklaen/Ledyard family.   This year we decided to make time for a visit.

Lorenzo

Carriage House at Lorenzo

A view of the gardens

Lorenzo was built in 1807 by John Lincklaen, who was sent to America as an agent for the Holland Land Company.  The mansion is situated on a great expanse of lawn and trees at the south end of beautiful Cazenovia Lake, and is host to the annual Lorenzo Driving Competition (when they also open up their excellent display of horse-drawn carriages).  They also host the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and vintage automobile shows during the summer.

We enjoyed a complete tour of the mansion, which is still home to the lovely furniture, oil paintings, and books which belonged to the family.   Read the history of the Lorenzo mansion HERE.

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  1. The next time you are in Cazenovia, please make sure to include time for a visit to the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, located just a little over a mile east of the library. National Geographic recently listed us as #2 of the Top Ten Sculpture Parks and Trials in the World in their publication of Secret Journeys of a Lifetime 500 of the World’s Best Hidden Travel Gems. With over 4 miles of hiking trails, the Art Park sits atop a breathtaking rural landscape. The Art Park also has almost 100 one-of-a-kind works of art, created as site specific entities tucked into the landscape. We look forward to your visit.

    Sarah Webster, Director


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