During the late 19th century Caywood Point on the east side of Seneca Lake was home to an artists' colony and camp frequented by women's rights activists and other radicals of the day. Suffragette Elizabeth Smith Miller of Geneva and her daughter Anne were regular visitors to the camp. Today, all that remains of the camp, known as Fossenvue, is the Queen's Castle, a cabin built for Elizabeth Miller's 77th birthday, which is being restored by the U.S. Forest Service. Forest Service employee Kari Lusk will discuss the history of the camp and its significance in a presentation at the Geneva Historical Society on Wednesday, Nov. 10. “The History of Caywood Point: Camp Fossenvue” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Society Museum. The program will include photos from the period of the camp and a discussion of the recent roof renovation project.
Kari Lusk has worked for the federal government for 15 years in various personnel and public relations positions and has been working on the Caywood Point parcel for three years. Her next Fossenvue project is the creation of a Memory Quilt this winter.
The Geneva Historical Society Museum is located in the Prouty-Chew House at 543 South Main Street and is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Parking is on the street or in the Trinity Episcopal Church lot across the street. For more information, call the Society at 789-5151.
The Geneva Historical Society receives major funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the New York Council for the Humanities and the Town and City of Geneva.