Inn by the Mill – Gay Friendly Upstate New York Bed and Breakfast

Author: , March 8th, 2019

Inn by the Mill

A unique Historic Stone Grist Mill in New York’s Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor. Located just above Cooperstown in the Adirondack Foothills above Cooperstown in Upstate Central NY & close to the famous Mohawk River Erie Canal Marina & Canalway Trail.

The Mill & it’s tunnel was a station of the Underground Railroad in the 1840’s! This quintessential stone grist mill is unlike any other property in upstate New York. The Mill is an important, historic architectural masterpiece which stands as a true testament to the rich history of New York’s Mohawk Valley.

Feel yourself relax immediately as you leave the modern world and step back in time with this significant historic property. The charm and technology of the 1800’s with the amenities of the 21st century. The1835 Stone Grist Mill Complex is listed on the Federal and NY State Register of Historic Places.

Located alongside Timmerman Creek in a tranquil park-like setting, it features a natural stone gorge, cascading waterfalls, extensive flower & water gardens.

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Visiting New York’s Historic Leatherstocking Region

Author: , March 25th, 2012
by Mary & Alan Adrian, Alice’s Dowry Bed & Breakfast, Cincnnatus, New York
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New York's Leatherstocking Region

Come and Explore this Historic region, made famous by the author James Fenimore Cooper, originally from New Jersey ( his father moved the family to New York when james was only one)

New York's Leatherstocking RegionJames later settled in Westchester county and wrote such tales as The Pioneers: Source of the Susquehanna – The Last of the Mohican’s – The deer Slayer: The First Warpath and The Pathfinder, all which were based on and set in the upstate new york area.

All of his stories included the character Natty Bumppo sometimes called Leatherstocking. His father founded the settlement now called Cooperstown. home of the Fenimore House. The Farmers Museum, The National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Ommegang Belgian Brewery.

New York's Leatherstocking Region

Museums such as the Iroquois Indian Museum or the Northeast Classic Car museum are both located in the area. A large array of vineyards, restaurants, shops and stores await you.Meet some Alpacas or visit a local dairy or beef farm.

All this is located in the central Leatherstocking area. With performing art centers, reconstructed villages, farm stands (try some local produce, cheese and maple syrup) folk art and geological wonders all attract thousands to the region each year.


There are many natural wonders to explore, majestic caves like Howe’s caverns and Herkimer Diamond mines, scenic waterfalls, clear lakes and streams ( Otselic river for Blue Ribbon Fishing )with state parks for camping , hiking swimming and more, Like Glimmer lake , Bowman lake state park and Whitney point.

New York's Leatherstocking Region

Having the hatchery just up stream from Alice’s Dowry doesn’t hurt. South Otselic is home to Two of the areas Octagon homes built in 1860 by Leroy Newton – today one is used as the Gladding International Sports Fishing Museum.

The region is set among rolling hills , with quiet villages and towns. the town of Taylor full of natural beauty as well as the adjacent village of Pitcher and Willet. Take a drive and explore some of the many state and local parks such as Highland state forest in Fabius or Morgan Hill over in Truxton each offer year round excitement and entertainment.

Located along the many country roads you”ll find havens for antique & craft hunter alike, with goods from near and far to enjoy and explore. Madison county holds a annual Antique festival.

The Leatherstocking was also home to the infamous Loomis Family Gang, After George Washington Loomis was sent to jail mother Rhonda took control and settled the family near Nine Mile Swamp ( circa 1802 ) The Loomis family was careful to cultivate good will with there neighbors by not stealing too close to home. They specialized in the theft of horses and livestock rustling. But they also were quite willing to deal in stolen goods, break into area businesses or homes and counterfeit money. They continued their operations until about 1865.

New York's Leatherstocking Region

The Leatherstocking region ranges from Broome county up to Onedia county and across from Cortland county over to Shoharie . The region is packed with activities for the outdoor or indoor enthusiast , Golf at one of the many area course’s, like the Knickerbocker golf club which originated on the farm of Clark Edwards. in 1929 it was organized as the Cincinnatus Country Club. Closed during World War II it eventually reopened in 1960

With plenty of snow try skiing at local mountains like Labrador, Song & Toggenburg or hike the many miles of the Finger Lake trails of Central New York. There are limitless miles of cross-country snowmobile and snowshoe trails, as well as hunting and fishing areas. With festivals and fairs, craft shows and art councils abound your sure to find something for everyone.

Our own little corner of the Leatherstocking is Cincinnatus New York. Cincinnatus was once part of the Military Tract of South Onondaga. On April 3 1804 Cincinnatus was formed and included Freetown, Marathon & Willet, on April 21 1818 Freetown, Marathon and Willet seperated to become their own townships. As the names indicate many of the towns and villages of these times were given Greek and Roman names.The town of Cincinnatus was named after the Roman statesman Lucius Cincinnatus.

Cincinnatus is situated on the eastern border of Cortland county, along the banks of the Otselic river ( Otselic being native Americans for wild plum ) State route 26 follows the river on the west , cincinnatus road on the east with main street and the bridge across the river connecting the two. Pause on Telephone or Reids hill and look at the town nestled in the valley it looks like a giant ” H ”

New York's Leatherstocking Region

The Lower Village was once known as McWhorter’s corner after Dr. John McWhorter a practicing physician who had a passion for building. Many of his efforts included a hotel , store and many local homes , some are still around today.

The local library, The Kellogg Free Library built in 1930-31 was opened to the public July 1 1931 It is a memorial to the parents of local residents Jasper and Orris Kellogg.

Heritage Hall was formerly the Congregational Church and was built in 1831-32 by Colonel James Punderford. It was used as a church until the early 1970’s and is adjacent to Alice’s Dowry . The Cincinnatus town hall was formerly the Methodist Church and was built on land purchased from Mr &Mrs John Kingman ( the earliest settlers in Cincinnatus ) in 1844

Some of the other well-known buildings are the Old Brick Store circa 1832 Black Funeral home 1800 and Old Cincinnatus Academy 1855-56 just to name a few.

Cincinnatus is also home to the Annual Corn Festival, Cincinnatus Field Days and many other local events like Truck and Tractor pulls, Snowmobile drags or Horse pull competitions. There’s a little something for everyone.

Alice's Dowry, Cincinnatus, The Leatherstocking, New YorkAlice’s Dowry Bed & Breakfast is located on State Rt. 26 in Cincinnatus New York in the Western part of the Leatherstocking region. This Historic Italianate Victorian was built by Peleg Holmes ( formerly of Massachusetts ) for his daughter Alice and her husband Dr. Nelson Barnes as a wedding present. Set on two acres of landscaped lawns with lush gardens and reflection ponds with quite sitting venues.

Four spacious well appointed rooms which feature Queen size beds ( two with fireplaces ) private baths and sitting rooms with a Suite option. Our bright and airy sun-porch with fireplace is the perfect place for a farm fresh breakfast, quiet brunch or dinner. We also have a Formal dinning room were you can enjoy one of our many multi-course Epicurean delights. We use only homemade and farm fresh ingredients to prepare all our meals. Play a game in the common room or read a book on the Painted Lady. Play Croquet on the lawn or a round of Horseshoes. just sit and relax in the yard and enjoy the sights and sounds of Cincinnatus. Don’t forget to wave as you pass by.