DeRuyter's own doctor: Memorabilia from Dr. Kenneth O. Hamlin's practice, including his personal baby delivery registration book.
We have lots of postcards!
"Muller Hill Mansion"
The following was taken from Walter R. Wood's
"History of DeRuyter and Vicinity".
In 1808, Louis Anethe Muller (an assumed name of a distinguished French nobleman) purchased fifteen lots, each of 174 acres, totaling about 2,700 acres of land located between Slab City (as Georgetown was then called) and DeRuyter, in different parts of the township of Georgetown, Muller Hill, east of DeRuyter. Within a short amount of time, Mr. Muller made exchanges of land so that he concentrated his holdings adjacent to his main estate.
The estate was situated on an elevated ridge lying along two streams, where Mr. Muller took advantage of the waterpower to run his mills which he developed together with his own village in the wilderness. Expense meant nothing to him. It was said that he brought $150,000 in gold and silver with which he paid around 150 workmen, many of whom he brought with him. He made a temporary residence in Hamilton village during the progress of the work of changing an inaccessible wilderness into a habitable estate, which took about two years. When, in 1809 the chateau was finished, Mr. Muller brought his wife by horseback from Hamilton. As she approached the house by way of the yard road lined with newly set trees and with urns of flowers, twelve pretty girls, maids, dressed in white with pink caps, curtsied and welcomed her at the doorsteps. Near the center of his estate, about three miles west of Slab City, three hundred acres of land was cleared on the highest of the surrounding hills, so as to be out of the then small ammunition gunshot range from the woods. In the open he erected a spacious fortress-like dwelling 70 by 30 feet, facing the south. It was constructed with massive cherry sills resting on solid masonry. The superstructure was made of hewn cherry timbers eleven or twelve inches square and eleven feet long, set on ends and framed into the sill, each one raised closely against the other, side by side, and dove-tailed into each other. This supposedly impregnable wall of solid timber was covered outside with clapboards, and on the inside it was lathed and plastered and most carefully finished after the European sytle best fancied by the strange builder.
There originally were seven great fireplaces which were trimmed with black marble. The rooms were adorned with rich looking mirrors, mahogany and other costly furniture, superb ornaments and with silk hangings on the windows and on the walls, together with a fine library. The parlor had costly carpets and crystal chandeliers with lighted candles. All was in elaborate detail of a French nobleman's residence. The elegance hardly betrayed the fact that it primarily was a fortress the likes of which the superintendent from New York City said he had never before built. The roof had a secret trap-door for exit. A well in the cellar provided water. The cellar had double walls with a passageway between which extended around to a secret exit or entrance which led underground a short distance down the hill. (It was said that the wall construction has been confirmed but as to an underground passageway to the woods, it cannot be proven. Also there is a question as to there having been another underground hideout.)
The building was constructed such that there was a full view of the surroundings for miles around.
Ezra Cornell came to DeRuyter in 1812 at the age of 5 years.
He served in the State Assembly, State Senate and in 1865 he gave the People's College at Havana $300,000 to relocate at Ithaca where it led to the granting of the Cornell charter in 1865, which developed into Cornell University.
Sautelle Circus Wagon
A Grand Holiday!
Friday, May 12, 1899
Sig. Sautelle's Big Shows
Circus, museum, and trained animal exhibition
Tioughnioga Fire Department
The Honor Roll consists of names of DeRuyter's WWII Veterans and was originally displayed near what is now the municipal parking lot. The Honor Roll is now displayed in the DeRuyter Museum.
Theodore Dreiser based his 1925 novel, "An American Tragedy" on the 1906 murder of South Otselic native, Grace M. Brown by socialite Chester Gillette. The novel was later adapted into an Academy Award - nominated movie, "A Place In The Sun".