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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Williamson, NY - Apple Blossom Festival

The 57th Annual Apple Blossom Festival celebrates the beauty of the bloom on

May 18 - 22, 2016.

pink and white apple blossom flowers
A time honored tradition takes place each year around mid -May celebrating the beauty of the apple blossoms. As you drive down the country roads throughout Wayne County, NY, orchard after orchard you travel through a sea of pink and white blooms. Wayne County is noted to be the second largest apple producing region throughout the United States.

The festival goes on for five days starting with the coronation of an Apple Blossom Queen that will represent the community. There is a carnival each day with crafts, food, street dancing, parade and fireworks.  There's a 5K run and a Car and Bike Show as well.  Don't miss the Apple Blossom Parade on May 21st at 3 P.M.

yellow airplane flying over trees

On May 22nd the Annual Fly-In Pancake Breakfast starts at 7 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Williamson - Sodus Airport on Route 104, East Williamson, NY.   All you can eat!  $7 adult. $4 children.  Come by plane or by car. Everyone is welcome!
Experimental and ultra light aircraft display. Helicopter and airplane rides $30.

For a schedule of all of the festival events click here:  Williamson Apple Blossom Festival
then click on New-2016 Events.

Looking for a place to stay during the Apple Blossom Festival week? Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast is located just 10 minutes from all of the festival activities. The Inn is surrounded by apple orchards and state park land overlooking Maxwell Bay and Lake Ontario. Only a few vacancies left. Complimentary breakfast is included.  Call us today for reservations.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Annual Spring Shopping Fling

Make it a girlfriends weekend get-away browsing through 20 local unique gift shops and wineries throughout Wayne County, NY.
Spring flowers
Each stop offers refreshments and a special gift for each visitor just for stopping in. This is a self guided tour - start where you want and end the day at one of the Lake Ontario Wineries.

Enter the special drawing to win one of four gift baskets worth $50 to $200 in prizes.  No purchase necessary.  Get your self guided passport at

May 13, 14, 15, 2016  10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
20  Local Unique Gift Shops throughout Wayne County, NY  Hand crafted soaps, homemade fudge, hand crafted pottery, alpaca products, antiques, wines and more.

The Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum is now open daily for the season 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Memorial Day Special -  Visitors who wear red, white and blue to the museum receive a special gift with paid admission.
Sunday Concerts in the park at the museum begin July 3rd with Gap Mangione.
Blue Star Museum Program - Active Duty Military personnel and up to 5 family members receive free admission. Memorial Day - Labor Day.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Underground RR Safe House

The Preston - Gaylord Cobblestone Farmhouse aka Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast is a proud recipient of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation "Legends & Lore" of the Underground Railroad historic marker.

Legends & Lore of the Underground Railroad historic marker.
This 1846 historic cobblestone home sets on a knoll on Salmon Creek; currently referred to as Maxwell Creek, and Preston's Pond, currently known as Maxwell Bay, on the banks of Lake Ontario in Sodus, New York.  The home was built by William Swales for his daughter Elizabeth and John Preston as a wedding gift. The Swales, Preston's and Gaylord's were well-known abolitionist.

During the early to mid 1800's, small schooners sailed into the Maxwell Bay to trade wheat for the flour once made at the 1794 gristmill that still stands on the property today.  There are accounts of a Captain John Garlock sailing from nearby Sodus Bay to the Maxwell embayment to rescue fugitive slaves and take them to Canada. 

Additionally, there are rumors of a tunnel that ran from the creek bed to the back of the fireplace in the Keeping Room (dining room).  Descendants of Elizabeth and John Preston, have stayed at the current bed and breakfast and have given accounts to Inn-keeper, Belinda McElroy, how their mother allowed them to stand inside the small compartment located behind the fireplace while a fire was burning. This was to allow the children to understand what the runaway slaves had to endure during this time.  Another story is that their mother (Mary Ellen Shumway-Gaylord) would tie a rope around their waist and allow them to go into the tunnel entrance down by the creek.

The "Legends & Lore" historical markers commemorate people, places and things, and serve to educate the public in local history and preservation of that history.  In doing so, it also serves in promoting historic tourism and fosters economic benefits to the towns and villages where such markers are placed.
Historic 1846 Cobblestone house. Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast
The property is on the State and National Register of Historic Places as the Preston-Gaylord Cobblestone Farmhouse. On April 26, 2016, Belinda and Patrick McElroy will hold a dedication ceremony at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast to commemorate the recognition and preservation of their historic property.
For more history of the Preston-Gaylord Cobblestone Farmhouse: