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Visiting a Piece of History in Canandaigua, NY

Just shortly before Easter, I drove to the grounds of the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum in Canandaigua (click here). The Granger Homestead is an 1816 Federal Mansion which was the home of Gideon Granger, who served as Postmaster General to the United States under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison from 1800 – 1813.

But the real reason for my visit was that I wanted to see the lovely daffodils which are now in full bloom on the grounds of the estate. I wish that my lawn looked like the lawn at the Granger Homestead!

I took a brief walk up to the front entrance of the mansion and then back to the street. As I was walking, I tried to picture the carriages arriving at the mansion, dropping off their visitors, and then departing to the carriage barn. The mansion was built in a year which preceded my father’s birth by 94 years. I plan on returning this summer to take a guided tour of the mansion and to relive an era when land and space were not a problem.

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