This house was built around 1890, just after its neighbor was erected immediately to its north. This lovely summer ‘cottage’ belonged to my great granduncle, Dr. Harold Augustine Hayes (1860 ~ 1929; & that’s ‘aw-GUS-t’n’, not ‘AW-gus-teen’), & was built as one of four get-away places along the Niagara River a mile or so north of the Village of Lewiston. It was one of four family homes, the last one being that of my great grandparents, Cedar Bank, built in 1892, which was to the south, & just across the tennis court from Uncle Harold’s. The enormous Norway Spruce seen rising in grandeur behind the house was planted by Uncle Harold & hasn’t changed much since I was a child. It flourishes despite strong westerlies that might topple it.
This place is about equidistant from Niagara Falls to the south, & Lake Ontario to the north.