Wolcott, New York

Fenster writes:

For the upstate NY devotees here.

Wolcott is a small town in upstate New York, on Lake Ontario between Rochester and Syracuse. It is weathered and somewhat beaten down looking but not yet beat. There are some handsome old buildings in the center of town and some rough elegance in the housing stock.

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Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.
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5 Responses to Wolcott, New York

  1. Brian Gardam says:

    Thanks for the great upstate history. Lots of stuff I didn’t know. Lots of those “upstate” (downstate to us North Country folk) along Lake Ontario and the Erie Canal are charming to walk around, and most of them seem to have their own museum.

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  2. Fenster says:

    I have a friend–someone who has visited this site–who ribbed me for saying that the Erie Canal-Lake Ontario stretch is “upstate”. In her view upstate means only one thing: the area where you live and thereabouts. Adirondacks, Watertown, Canton, Potdam. That is “up”. I was writing about “Western New York”. Maybe eastern Ohio. I guess you can get Saul Steinbergian from any angle, and believe it if you are there long enough.

    I will point out, however, especially if she is listening, the she hails from around Kingston, and what would you expect from someone from New York City. . . .

    And BTW. We may have discussed this in the past and maybe you’ve come to it on your own but the best source for all this Puritan/Scots-Irish and related cultural history is Albion’s Seed, a book that covers the four distinct folkways of separate British settlement in the US, and how they are with us still. A good, though longish, summary here.
    http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/04/27/book-review-albions-seed/

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  3. Steve Sailer says:

    New York state has a huge number of small towns that are attractive enough that they potentially could attract investment, which unfortunately means that a lot of them won’t. A friend of mine who lives in Cooperstown, which has benefitted from three rich families investing heavily in it, thinks that, other than Cooperstown, the college towns are most likely to survive and flourish.

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