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Fairchild Hill … Did You Know?

— The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation owns and maintains several properties in Cazenovia to protect their use for open space and public recreation, including Fairchild Hill, a 21-acre property just off the south end of Cazenovia Lake. CPF maintains a parking area, courtesy of the Trush family, behind the brown building at the end of the lake. From this parking area, you can explore Fairchild Hill’s rich and varied history.

Did you know…

After the Civil War, the Syracuse & Chenango Valley Railroad ran along the west shore of Cazenovia Lake on its way from Syracuse to Earlville. Today, one can still see remains of this abandoned railroad. A depot and water tower stood on the flat ground at the corner of Routes 20 and 92. Behind the depot area was a railroad turntable where train engines were turned around.

Thanks to the dedication and hard work from the local boy scouts and CPF volunteers, the turntable has been cleared to show off the beautiful stonewall work. Many railroad relics were found and are now on display in the kiosk located at the turntable.

Did you know…

Fairchild Hill was used for agricultural purposes as early as 1794 until the 1980s. In early Cazenovia, many forests were converted to pasture and crop land including Fairchild Hill. The Holland Land Company sent cattle to John Lincklaen where they roamed the pasture at Fairchild Hill.

Today, concrete impoundments that possibly served as watering troughs for these cows can still be found. Along the trail are just a few remaining apple trees from an abandoned orchard.

From 1895 to 1925, the land ceased being used for agriculture purposes and instead a golf course was developed. After 1925, the property returned to its original use, farming, until 1984 when the property was put up for sale. In 1985, Cazenovia Preservation Foundation with the assistance of several abutting landowners purchased this land in order to maintain the aesthetic view and historic character.

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