[This post departs from my usual format, as I’ve written this one by request from a former Fairmount resident.] Among the several engineered water features on the Geddes farm throughout the 19th century was a dedicated ice pond. This pond was mentioned several times in various magazine articles about the farm, and in letters and… Read More Ice harvesting, 1878
Frederick Pursh, an eminent German botanist, visited the Fairmount area in the summer of 1807 on a plant-investigation trip through the Northeast. He passed by the mill pond of the Geddes farm (via today’s Onondaga Road) on July 13: Near Mr. Geddes I found the Blitum virgatum in fruit, and in his mill dam a… Read More A mill pond, 1807
Source: How the Farm Pays, by William Crozier and Peter Henderson [Plans for a sheep barn for large flocks designed by George Geddes. His farm at Fairmount probably had a sheep barn like this, likely in the vicinity of Chapel Drive. A detailed description is in the link above.] … Read More A sheep barn, 1884
The Post-Standard last week wrote about the upcoming demolition of the remains of Hancock Air Base’s residential complex in Cicero. The Air Force chapel from the base was moved to Fairmount in 1949, where it now serves as Fairmount Community Church.
Source: The Country Gentleman, Jan. 28, 1904 The Famous “Geddes Farm,” Located at Fairmount, three miles west of Syracuse N.Y., is offered FOR SALE at a low price, and on terms to suit purchaser. Or, if not sold at once, will be rented to desirable party for a term of years. This noted farm consists… Read More For sale, 1904
It appears that the Athens, Georgia-based group Fairmount Fair has broken up (yes, they’re named after that Fairmount Fair), but you can still hear some of their demos on Myspace. To some Fairmount Fair is a band based in Athens GA that makes experimental hip-hop songs and short films, often addressing issues of the pains… Read More Fairmount Fair: the band
Source: Report of the State Commissioner of Health, 1918 [The Semet-Solvay company was manufacturing explosives at Split Rock during this time. Geddes Brook flows from south of Split Rock, through Fairmount, and meets Nine Mile Creek shortly above Onondaga Lake.] The wastes from the plant consist of the sanitary sewage from the toilets and a… Read More Sanitary condition of Geddes Brook, 1917