One of my favorite pastimes is to comb through E-bay and antique shops, looking for old postcards. As a deltiologist, the fancy term for a postcard collector, my collection centers on postcards from Rochester, Geneva, and the Finger Lakes regions of New York, specifically from the late 19th century and early 20th century. Many of the old linen, hand painted cards are true masterpieces, miniature works of art that capture the essence of the time and place in which they were created, perfectly.
To my surprise, I stumbled upon an old postcard of Villa Bellangelo, before it was Villa Bellangelo. The postcard stemmed from the days when it was called Squaw Point Winery, and appeared to pre-date the time when the "barrel people" began popping up around Seneca Lake. When our family purchased the winery, Michael Litterio had mentioned the old tower was still standing, but had become very unstable and wasn't safe for people to climb. I can only imagine how beautiful the landscape appeared, peering out from the top of the tower at the aptly named, "$500,000.00 Entrance."
I don't think we'll be installing a new tower anytime soon, but with all the other exciting changes underway, everyone who visits will be sure to enjoy themselves.