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Thursday, May 3, 2007

mystery solved

Last week, I mentioned a local mystery in the guise of a postcard I won on eBay.

In addition to blogging about the mystery here, I also mentioned it on the local geneology e-mail list, where a lot of local historians hang out. A number of people suggested solutions to the mystery, but none of them fit just right.

It suddenly occurred to me to check the rest of my postcard collection to see if I had any other postcards published by Prestige Associates, the publisher of the mystery postcard. I searched my postcard collection database and found one other Prestige Associates postcard in my collection depicting the Long Acre Inn in my hometown, Wolcott.

I found the Long Acre Inn postcard and, voila!, it was a match!

Funny thing is that I have gone to the Long Acre Inn, now called the Lily Lake Inn, a few times, but the place must have been remodeled and redecorated because it no longer looks how it is depicted on the postcards.

1 comment:

  1. You know, it's funny. Jack Schmitt was my grandfather, and I grew up in the Harten House. I happened to spot this thread trying to do some research for a graphic novel I'm writing based in Waterbury, and looking at the image, it looked REALLY familiar, but I knew it wasn't Harten House.

    How awesome that it's the Long Acre Inn, because my grandfather was part-owner of that restaurant, too, before he branched out on his own to open Harten House. I must have seen this postcard as a child or something, but I was born in 1966, after Harten House had already opened.

    While I'm here, Horzepa, let me say that your vintage photos of Holy Land are the ONLY ones I've been able to locate, and as the bulk of the action in my graphic novel is set there and involves a man who grew up down the hill from there and adored the site, they have been so valuable to me as reference. My own memories of the place are so spotty. I wish I'd had the foresight to document it all with photos back when I was a kid. Wish I could locate more. But, I'm glad I get the opportunity to thank you, because those photos you posted really do mean a lot to me.