Finger Lakes Museum New Year Message

As the traditional season for giving draws to a close and the New Year approaches, I find myself searching for the right words to express my gratitude to all of you who have taken an interest or are playing a part in helping to make a dream become a reality.

Since last March, when my Life in the Finger

Cayuga Museum of History & Art

The Willard-Case mansion, now home to the Cayuga Museum, was constructed by John Seymour in 1836. Seymour’s failure to pay back taxes resulted in bank ownership of the building from 1839 until 1843, when it was purchased by Sylvester Willard. Willard, his wife Jane Frances Case, two daughters, Georgiana and Carolina, and in-laws Erastus and Mary Case moved to Auburn from Bristol, Connecticut, in that same year. Sylvester Willard was a physician by profession and, with Erastus Case, was part owner of the Oswego Starch Company. Both men carried investments in local banks, railroads, and various industries.