The Pioneer Journey of John Dow
Frank W. Steber imagines the journey of one of the Finger Lakes region’s first pioneers, John Dow, as he travels from Connecticut to the head of Seneca Lake in the late 1700s. After apprenticing with a cabinet maker and spinning wheel maker in Connecticut, young John takes his skills to the frontier of Western New York. Travel along as he pursues his dream of carving a new life out of the wilderness.
EXCERPT FROM Seneca Sunrise
“He noticed several narrow, frozen waterfalls, vertical slashes of pure white, along the opposite shore, sparkling under the Spring sun. Elsewhere, high, rocky cliffs edged the water, meeting the forest rising in the hills above. To his left, from time to time, he gazed in wonder at heavily wooded glens from which swirling brown waters poured into the lake. These wonders of nature he thought he’d love to explore, all the way up to their origins in the hills above. And from the little boat, the high, inaccessible cliffs along the shore evoked a sense of wonder beyond what he had sensed before. This was a true wilderness! What wild beasts must make it their home? ”
paperback, 8.5 x 5.5, 114 pages
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