Not having all the answers but here is some of the comments you might like.
I grew up on Palmer Hill just below Meridale and from our high pasture could
see a number of towers of all types. Since my father, aunt, mother,
grandmother and others worked there, I heard a lot of stories about the
place called Meridale Farms. You might know that Francis Wayland Ayer owned
this as a hobby but it made money for him as well. He was from Philadelphia
and even met the President at the time. As I remember the farm included
several other farms which were given away ($1) after he had passed away and
his daughter had run it for some time.
I do not have dates on the water tower but it was a useful item to supply
water for Mr. Ayers house, the Meredith Inn, the Log Cabin and probably for
the Horse Barn. Since there were few dish washers except for hired help you
can imagine the water load for washing everything and watering the horses
etc. My understanding is that the creamery was fed from different springs
that were higher than the creamery and not connected with Meredith. Also
expect that all houses that wanted water could hook into the water mains.
We should have asked Mr. Fisher as he was an expert on where the pipes were
and how they fed everything. It has been so many years that I forget some of
the details of the old place, and I was too young to see the beautiful and
handsome parts of the places destroyed by fire or just left to rot. The
Creamery made all the butter for the US Navy for WWI, more butter was
shipped out of Delhi, on the O&W railroad than any other place in the world
etc. There were two large churns in the Creamery, ice was cut on the pond
nearby as well as Meridale (the Ouleout) to keep butter fresh during the
summer. The Jerseys came from the Jersey Isle off the coast of the United
Kingdom and they had to stay in Quarrantine after being shipped from the
Isle. My Father was one of a few that went to Jersey City (it had its name
long before) to pick up the cows, put them into a movable crate, and water
and feed these bovine beauties as they met the train and travelled to Delhi.
I do not remember seeing any photos of the old tower, I have climbed on it
in the old days, but some may exist. Understand that the history of the old
Farms is being written with the able assistance of the man who has may
relics of the old era as well as photos. A copy will probably find its way
into my library. One question will be someday, who would like to be the
owner of all my Delaware County and Catskill books or what do I do with
them? My three all grew up in North Carolina and while they like visiting
the old County, none will want to live there. But we are emigrants as we
came from Westchester county, Conn. and Mass. in the 1790s so two hundred
years is a long time for one area.
Just to add, a Nathaniel Dean lived nearby to the later tower in the early
1800s and was part of the Meredith Militia as well as being a farm and
having eight children. He was a relative on my Mother's side.
This may be more than you need, feel free to ask if I missed something.
originally Delaware Co., now Wake Co., N.C.
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From: "Dee" <roddee(a)logical.net>
To: "NYDELAWA-L" <NYDELAWA-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2008 9:56 AM
Subject: [NYDELAWA] Water Tower on the Turnpike Road, Meredith, NY
Is there anyone on this list that might have information on the old
tower that stands on the Turnpike Road,Meredith, NY it is where they hold
the Dairy Days every June.I would love to know the history of it and what
buildings might of been around this water tower and the use of this
tower.I have a picture just taken a few days ago but if anyone has picture
of this old tower in its day would love to see them and also if anyone has
any history of this old water tower would really appreciate it.
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