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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Legends and Lore of the Underground Railroad

If you have stayed with us over the years you'll recall me telling you stories that our home is rumored to have been on the Underground Railroad. That the previous ancestors to our home have shared their childhood tales of their mother tying a rope around their waist and allowing them to venture into a tunnel that ran from the creek bed to the back of the fireplace in our dinning room. And, that they stood behind the fireplace; a small closet like compartment while a fire was burning just so that they could experience what fugitive slaves had to endure back in the day. During the early 1800's, small schooners sailed into to Maxwell Bay at the bottom of the property to trade Canadian wheat for the flour that was made at Preston's Mill; now just our barn full of stuff. This allowed fugitive slaves to take a ship to Canada from the small embayment at the bottom of the property.

Over the years, several writers have stayed here; at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast, to write specifically about the activities of the Underground Railroad  here and nearby Sodus and Sodus Point, NY. I've shared the plethora of clues I've collected over the years that give some pretty strong evidence that our home was actually a safe harbor for fugitive slaves and  that the ancestors were abolitionists.

With that said I have always been interested in learning more about how quilts were used as signals for safe passage from one safe house to the next. On June 4th the Neighborhood Association of Sodus Point is hosting an "UNDERGROUND RAILROAD QUILT PRESENTATION" at Captain Jack's in Sodus Point from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free Refreshments and cash bar.  Hope to see you there!

Legends and Lore of the Underground Railroad

I'm also excited to learn that the Village of Sodus Point Historian has recently applied for a Legends and Lore of the Underground Railroad marker for our property. Bruce Farrington, Village Historian of Sodus Point is heading the effort in helping us get the Preston - Gaylord Cobblestone Farmhouse, a.k.a Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast, recognized as being a safe house for fugitive slaves in the 1800's.

Historic Trolley Rides

June 14, 2015 - Hear local history while riding "Molly the Trolley" around historic Sodus Point, NY from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. *Two different rides: one on the history of the trolley and one on the local history of Sodus Point. Adults ride for $10 and Children are $5.   You must call ahead to reserve a seat : (585) 750-0688.  From 1900 to 1929 the Rochester-Sodus Bay Railroad took passengers to Sodus Bay for $1.32 to picnic, fish, sail and conduct commerce. This event is sponsored by the Neighborhood Association of Sodus Point.

History Alive at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum: 

May 20, 2015 6:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m.- Sodus Point Village  Hall, 8356 Bay St., Sodus Point, NY. Rosie the Riveter to Harriet the Happy Homemaker; Womens's roles in the 40's and 50's presented by Rob Edelman. For more information go to

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bargain Hunting and Deals Near Sodus Bay

Bargains Gaylor 

Mother's Day at the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum:All mothers visiting the Sodus Bay lighthouse Museum on Mother's Day will receive a free special gift with you paid admission.
When: May 10, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $4 adults,  $2 children (K-12).
What a beautiful way to spend Mother's Day!

Spring Shopping Fling:  18 Wayne County Gift Shops and Wineries are participating in the three day event. Shop till you drop because each gift shop offers unique items. Start where you want, collect stamps to be eligible to win one of 4 baskets worth $200 - $50. Find that special gift for anyone! Hand thrown pottery, homemade fudge and soaps, alpaca fiber products, antiques, wine and more.
When: May 15, 16, & 17
Time:  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day
Make it a Girlfriend Weekend Get-Away at Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast.
For more information:

Heritage Square Museum Spring Barn Sale:  Some awesome collectibles, household items, tools and more.  A bargain hunters delight! This sale benefits the on going programs offered at the heritage village museum.
Where: 7147 Ontario Center Road, Ontario, NY.  Just 15 minutes from Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast.
When: Sale opens on May 14th at 1:00 p.m.  May 15th - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and May 16 - 9:00 a.m. - Noon there is a $3 bag sale.
For more information: or call (315) 524-5356

56th Apple Blossom Festival  - Honoring "Hometown HEROES".

It's amazing how Mother Nature does her thing each year. Like magic the apple blossoms appear around the third week in May and brings brilliant colors of bright shades of pink and white to the orchards that abound the Sodus Bay area. Williamson, NY celebrates with an Apple Blossom Parade and festival on May 15, 16 and 17 with a Craft Fair and Food vendors, street dance with Flint Creek, Apple Blossom Parade, fire works and more.

For more information:

Fly-In Pancake Breakfast - May 17 - All you can eat pancake breakfast hosted by the
Williamson Flying Club at the Sodus-Williamson Airport at 5502 Route 104, Sodus, NY.  Airplane and helicopter rides. Many guest DO fly-in for this event. Really!
When:  7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on May 17, 2015.
For more information:

Long Acre Farms : Breakfast with Frozen: May 30, 2015 - 9:30 a.m - 11:00 a.m. $15pp Reserve your ticket today.  Located at 1342 Eddy Road, Macedon, NY  or call (315-986-4202

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Supporting Our Comminity in Nearby Events

It hardly seems possible that April is just about over and I'm telling you about May events happening just minutes from the Inn.