We took a little mid-winter’s drive to Hamilton, NY. You can read my first post here. I just love the old-fashioned feel of this town, with it’s old but grand buildings and incredible architecture. A good portion of Upstate New York small towns were once as grandiose– some even grander in their heyday– but too many cities have seen severe decline. Much of the upkeep of the town of Hamilton is due to the presence of Colgate University. College towns are usually kept up much better than “regular” towns, it seems.
Because Colgate began its purpose as a religious, Baptist seminary, there are numerous places of worship and quiet repose in the town. Here in mid-February, the parks and lawns are still snow covered, but the sidewalks are shoveled. The photo below shows a pleasant park at the crossroads of town. With nice warm, webtogs.co.uk/ outdoor clothing, it’s a brisk, pleasant walk.
On one sidewalk, there is a sentimental memorial to a past Hamilton mayor.
The Baptist Church, near the park, is extremely impressive.
This is St. Mary’s, on the other side of town. Gothic-looking, isn’t it?
The Village Hall building caught my eye from a distance. It’s Italianate architecture, so I assume this was built sometime after 1870 or so. It looks like a wedding cake, doesn’t it?
I was totally awed by the corbels in the eaves.
OK, I know, enough with the eaves.
If you are interested in seeing some of the quirkier photos, I posted some on my other NY blog, here.