October 26, 2014
In the late 1820’s Richard Sheffield arrived in Hammondsport, a little village at the southern end of Keuka Lake. He planned to open a tavern. But he had other ideas too. In his baggage were a few cuttings of Isabella and Catawba grapevines.
This plant material had come from the Linnaean Nursery on Long Island, located in what we now call “Queens” in New York City. Begun as Robert Prince’s private garden in the 1730s, by 1750 it had become America’s first commercial nursery. It was a national treasure, so important that British soldiers guarded it during the … [More]