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Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Historical Society Stewardship of the Benjamin Long Homestead.

On Opening Day, June 1, 1980, a good crowd was on hand to celebrate the Society’s stewardship of this lovely lady. At the time, the cedar clapboard had a natural stain & all windows were the period appropriate small panes due to removable grids. Through the years, the grids disappeared then returned in the window replacement of 2003. Sadly, most have again disappeared as they are very fragile & do not withstand use well.


Autumn, 2015 reflects the beauty of the Erie Canal Corridor in the Twin Cities. The Homestead  majestically overlooks the scene as it has for 191 years in this photo courtesy of Timothy Barbano.

This autumnal photo shows the back of the Homestead from across Ellicott Creek in 1980. Note that the herb garden is missing. It was developed in stages by the Garden Club of the Tonawandas and the City Parks & Recreation Department between 1996 & 2000.


Homestead Front 2015. Timothy Barbano Photo.



Today’s herb garden is truly a picture thanks to the continuing efforts of Colleen Errick. The lovely, historically accurate plantings show well against the stacked stone wall & pristine gravel walkway in this photo provided by Carole Barnard.







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