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