Friday, March 21, 2008

Historic Preservation Board

As Scipio Historian, I receive notification from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation whenever they are considering a property in Scipio for nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. I was recently notified that they are considering the Job and Deborah Otis house at 1882 Sherwood Road. According to our local newspaper, they are also recommending the Augustus Howland home, located in the neighboring town of Ledyard. Ledyard was originally a part of Scipio.
The Otis house was built in 1815. Descendants of the Otis family remain in Cayuga County to this day. Placement on the National and State Registers would be a fitting recognition for the part played by this family in the direction and growth of our town in its early years.
The Howland family is also responsible for early formation of industry, governing, and education in Cayuga County. We would be pleased to see the Augustus Howland home also on the Registers.
We will talk more about the Otis and Howland families when they are placed on the Registers. Or you can always click on the link at the bottom of the page for the Cayuga County Rootsweb site where you will find more information.

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