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THE GROUNDS

A Model Farm

As some of the first European settlers in the area, the LeRays ran their estate like a model farm, showing off the best practices for running a productive farm in the Northern New York climate. James tried his hand at silk farming, citrus farming, and he was one of the first to bring Merino sheep to the United States.

While there were several barns on the property, they no longer stand. However, the caretaker's cottage, where two French indentured servants stayed and managed the farm, still remains. Today, it is used as an education center for our Natural Resources program.

The Caretaker's Cottage
The Caretaker's Cottage

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The Caretaker's Cottage and Garage
The Caretaker's Cottage and Garage

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The Caretaker's Cottage
The Caretaker's Cottage

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The Caretaker's Cottage
The Caretaker's Cottage

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The Outbuildings

There are three other outbuildings on the property: The Slaves' Quarters, the Icebox, and the Garage. The Slaves' Quarters, located on the far left, would have housed the enslaved families that worked in the field and on the grounds of the estate. The Icebox was at various times in its life an outhouse, a place for cold storage, and is now a garden shed. The Garage has had several functions over time, including serving as a land office and the local post office. 

The Outbuildings
The Outbuildings

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The Slaves' Quarters
The Slaves' Quarters

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The Garage
The Garage

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The Outbuildings
The Outbuildings

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The Pond & Clotilde

Just past the front lawn sits a man-made pond. When seen from above, the pond appears to be shaped like a heart, with a small island in the middle.

 

Beyond the pond, a little deeper into the woods, lies Baby Clotilde. She was the daughter of Therese de Guvello née LeRay and she died at fifteen months. She was buried on the property and the family placed a bell near her final resting place so that they could ring it in remembrance of her every time they came to the Mansion. 

The Pond
The Pond

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Island in the Pond
Island in the Pond

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Clotilde's Bell
Clotilde's Bell

After her death, the family put up a bell to ring in Clotilde's honor. This bell was put up by a local Eagle Scout.

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The Pond
The Pond

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