The Niagara River Quartet ~ Complete by artwhiz47

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A mile north of the village of Lewiston, New York, & about four miles south of where the Niagara River rushes into Lake Ontario, my great great grandfather, Dr. Pliny Harold Hayes (1824 ~ 1894) bought several acres of property with spectacular river views. He built a summer home for himself there around 1890, & was soon joined by his two doctor sons & his daughter. By 1892, each had his or her own ‘cottage’ in which to while away the long summer days. The house shown here was built by my great granduncle Dr. Francis Mason Hayes (1853 ~ 1916), & was named Ellengowan in honor of his wife, Ellen Russ Hayes. Immediately to Ellengowan’s south was Pliny’s own house, next to which was Uncle Harold Hayes’s. The fourth, & southernmost, was Cedar Bank, built in 1892 by Pliny’s daughter, my great grandmother, Susan Hayes Hobbie (1850 ~ 1928), & her husband John.
Granduncle Harold, his wife Carrie Tyler Hayes, alongside Great Grandpa John Hobbie & Great Grandma Susie, can be seen in Holiday In Ireland, enjoying a few minutes away from the Niagara River….

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  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 3 years ago

    Beautiful view

  • Thanks, Bobby, & for the favorite. Glad you like these family homes!

    – artwhiz47

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    Another classic, Sheila. What a beautiful house! I think I could pass away the odd long summer day in these surrounds without too much hardship…..

  • Yes, indeedy. I’m looking forward to our friends’ arrival at Cedar Bank; should be today, actually. Will go up there, sit on the veranda & let the leisure life wash over me…. Thanks, Mike.

    – artwhiz47

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsover 3 years ago

    Wow, another grand summer home, sheila! This is a real beauty! Great photo!

  • Happily, I took this photo, along with all the others, on a brilliant blue day in April of 2010. At the moment, Uncle Frank’s Ellengowan is undergoing a facelift & has braces & scaffolding across its front! Many thanks, Gene.

    – artwhiz47

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    This is so very Victorian America Sheila – beautiful ! I used to love those older films where they used houses like this and iconic vehicles !

  • And speaking of iconic vehicles… in the 1920s, in the drive of this house, you would have seen one of these. Uncle Harold owned one of these spiffy jobs, but he was a terrible driver. One day as he drove to the office in Buffalo, he barreled headlong into the side of a moving (albeit very slowly) freight train. He was found alongside the level crossing, dazed but uninjured, beside the now practically non-existent Wills Sainte Claire Gray Goose. The steering wheel was found some distance away…. Thanks, Roy!

    – artwhiz47

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    Fabulous shot Sheila, what lovely houses.

  • Thanks, pal Gary. And thanks for the fave, too. I may sound like a broken record, but growing up there was almost a fantasy. Such a setting. Just happy I get to return now & then.

    – artwhiz47

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    Must have been a great feeling seeing the house again :-)

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 3 years ago

    Ditto here. Don’t know which place I like better. Both grand homes and kudos to you for capturing them so well. >Ron<

  • Missed this comment, Dawg ~ sorry! Actually there are four of these houses altogether; they can be accessed through the links in the text. The Cedar Bank house is the one where we still spend a lot of time; hoping to have a portion of our Hobbie family reunion there next summer. Thanks!

    – artwhiz47

  • Deborah Downes
    Deborah Downesabout 3 years ago

    Another beauty, Sheila. Would love to sit on that veranda.

  • Many thanks, Deb, & for the favorite. Uncle Frank would be pleased…. Another day-trip tomorrow, this time up to Lewiston for a visit to these homes & a stroll on the riverbank with out-of-town relatives. Growing up in this neighborhood was idyllic, & no ogres in sight!

    – artwhiz47

  • Deborah Downes
    Deborah Downesabout 3 years ago

    Sure wish I could join you on that day trip. I envy you having grown up in that neighborhood.

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