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Hathaway  House

Century Farm Family
Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Bickford Jr., owners of Hathaway Farm in Solon, will be one of four New York State families to be honored by Gov. Rockefeller as Century Farmers at the annual meeting of the New York State Agricultuarl Society in Albany Jan. 12. The Bickfords are one of 19 families in Cortland County who are operating a farm that has been in the family for 100 years or more. Bud, his wife Mary and their three children, Melissa, Cindy and Blake, are shown in the milk house, part of a modern pipeline milker system recently installed on the farm. Bickford's Hatheway Farm, Solon, Designated One of 'Century Farms' Hatheway Farms in Solon owned by Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Bickford Jr., has been designated by Gov. Rockefeller as one of four Century Farms in New York State. The Bickfords will be honored as a Century Farm Family at the annual meeting of the New York State  Agricultual Society Jan. 12 in Albany.
Hatheway Farm is one of 19 farms in the county recognized recently by the Cortland County Extension Service for progressive farming during more than 100 years in the same family. In a letter to the 19th Century Farmers in Cortland County, Ralph Butler, chairman of the local committee states, "The awarding of a Century Farm citation is a way of not only recognizing one selected farm family for this great honor, but also the several farm families of a county. These are farm families who have outstanding distinction of having maintained and operated a progressive farm for over a century within the same family. "As Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Bickford Jr. and family accept the award in Albany, they do so with deserving personal honor for their own achievements and also in recognition of the several other Century Farms of Cortland County.".....
The Hatheway Farm of 667 acres originated in 1809 with the purchase of 25 acres by Samuel Gilbert Hatheway, great, great, great grandfather of the present owner. Hatheway was one of 11 children of a Revolutionary War soldier who died after the battle of Long Island. One of his sisters, with her husband, drove the first buggy into Wisconsin with a flock of sheep and a few cows driven ahead. He became a major general in the New York State Militia and trained his troops on the field across the road from the stone mansion. General Hatheway named the town of Freetown after his birthplace Freetown, Mass., and the first house on the homestead was built in New England fashion with house and barns connected. The original farm burned and the next house was constructed of stone from nearby Quarry Brook.
Farm Modernized
The farm has descended through Wealthea Hatheway Boyd, Helen Boyd Turner, Sara Turner Bickford and Edwin Bickford Sr. to Edwin Blake Bickford Jr. The Bickfords have 50 milking cows on the dairy farm, which has been modernized progressively through the years. A year ago the size of the barn was increased and recently a pipeline milker was installed. The size of the herd is being expanded to 60 milkers.
One of the criteria used in selecting the Century Farm Family is its contribution to the community. Bickford is active in McGraw and Solon as an assessor and councilman for the Town of Solon, president of McGraw School Board, director of the McGraw Library Board, and member and trustee of the McGraw Presbyterian Church. A graduate of Cortland State Teachers College, he also has served as chairman of the board of directors of Agway Feed Store in McGraw, secretary and director of Cortland Bulk Milk Producers Cooperative, president of Eastern Milk Producers, director of DHIC and vice president of the Farm Bureau. He was named Cortland County's Outstanding Young Farmer in 1957-58. (Cortland Standard Cortland, NY, Tuesday Evening, January 4, 1966)

                                                                                                     Mrs. E.B. Bickford

                     Dispersal Sale
                     Modern and Antique Household Furniture
                     Wednesday, August 15
                     Starting at 10 AM sharp and continuing until all is sold.
At the old General Hathaway Homestead, located in the village of Solon on Route 41, 8 miles east of Cortland
Selling the contents of this 25 room mansion, the majority of the items are in furniture with some glass, china, copper, etc. to wit: 8 slat backed stencil chairs, serveral sets and pairs of other chairs, whatnot, Victorian secretary, 6 bar room chairs, low drop leaf cherry tea table, stands of various types and sizes, children's chairs, round top drop leaf table, 5 marble top tables, 2 cherry night stands, cobblers bench, Rosewood settee, 2 Lincoln rockers, Cape Cod brass fire lighter, 2 mahogany fiddle back chairs, arrow back rocker, several sets of cane seated chairs, 1-2 passenger, 2-3 passenger and 2-4 passenger sofas, marble top walnut dresser, 4 poster cord bed, complete Rosewood bedroom suite with marble top dresser, complete Victorian bed with marble top dresser, pine chest, cherry chest of drawers, mahogany bedroom suite, 2 spool beds, 2 mahogany dressers with marble tops, brass pail, coffee grinder, Majalica pieces, milk glass, mirrors, picture frames, many, many other items. To prospective buyers, bear in mind that 95% of the above listed are in excellent condition and ready to go into your home.
Also selling a complete line of modern household utensils and furniture.
Sale to be conducted under Tent. Lunch available.
Terms; Cash Day of Sale
Frank K. Taylor, Auctioneer.               Mrs. E.B. Bickford, Owner.

Tinelli's Hathaway House Added to National Historic Register
by Shirley Heppell
Cortland County Historian
Solon - Tinelli's Hathaway House in Solon has recently been added to the distinguished National Register of Historic Places. This honorary recognition is awarded to properties throughout the United States that are worth preserving because of their historic and architectural significance.
Built in 1844 by Samuel G. Hathaway, this house in Solon's then sylvansetting replaced an earlier frame family residence located at the northwest corner of Lapp Road and Rt. 41 which had burned. According to family tradition, Hathaway was his own architect, and some researchers allege that George Cole, a Cincinnatus builder, had a hand in construction.
This imposing 2 1/2 story Greek Revivial style house is constructed of field stone said to have come from nearby Trout Brook, while the stone of the wing is said to be from Quarry Brook north of the site and 'sledded down by oxen'. House walls two feet thick were planked on the inside and covered with plaster. All wood used for the interior - ash for the wing - came from the Hathaway property.
As a rural manor house, it has no equal in Cortland County. In size, materials and style only the homes of the wealthiest merchants in Cortland and Homer Villages rivaled this mansion. Today most of these residences have either disappeared or have been visibly altered, while Hathaway House still retains the integrity of the original house both inside and out despite recent additions.
The structure reflects a conservative building style with which Hathaway, a Massachusetts native, was undoubtedly familiar. At the same time it mirrors the classical fashion of the day. The block form of the main section, a three part entablature at the roof line, the Ionic columned entrance porticos that repeat the roof etablature and the frieze windows on the north side of the main section are all features common to the Greek Revival style.
Just as the exterior has not been altered, neither has the interior. Though (sic) careful stewardship by the Hathaway family for 115 years and by subsequent owners, the interior has retained, with an almost pristine look, its Greek Revival Characteristics. The mansions story is that of a 19th century residence "gay and hospitable", where reputedly Presidents Pierce and Buchanan were entertained. It served also as an administrative center for several thousand acres of land which General Hathaway owned largely in the Town of Solon.
Much has already been written about the patrician-featured Samuel G. Hathaway of distinguished lineage. At age 9 he began making his own way in the world. After a stint at sea he headed west into New York State, settling first in Chenango County about 1803, then moving to Lot 2 Cincinnatus, now Freetown. Shortly thereafter, he married Sally Emerson of Solon and moved to that town in 1819. Politically he was an ardent Democrat who prided himself on having first voted for Thomas Jefferson. Like Jefferson, he was a man of varied interests and accomplishments. Always the agrarian, he also enjoyed the political arena, in which he served as advisor and participant. After representing
Cortland County in the New York State Assembly in 1814 and 1818, he was elected to the State Senate and finally to Congress in 1832. He was chosen elector for Franklin Pierce in 1852. On the loal (sic) level he was elected Justice of the Peace for 48 years and he married, buried and settled disputes among his neighbors with whom his word carried great authority. In the New York State Militia he rose through the ranks to be commissioned Major-General and is known to have drilled his troops in the field across from the house on the south side to the present Route 41. Influences of this romantic personality and his equally colorful family still pervade the charming manor house in its quiet environment at Solon's four corners.

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