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  • Wilcox Mansion-Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic SiteWilcox Mansion-Theordore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site Buffalo, New York
    The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site saved the Ansley Wilcox House that sits on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, New York, where, after the assassination of William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office to become the President of the United States on September 14, 1901. There is a New York historical marker out in front of the house that tells that this was the house where Teddy was inaugurated. The oldest part of the historical site contains the last surviving building from the Buffalo Barracks compound that had been constructed because of the tensions between the U.S. and Canada. The barracks were built in 1839, and contained land all around the area. This structure would later be incorporated into the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site that originated as the 1840 officers barracks. When the post was disbanded in 1845, it became a private residence with owners modifying the house with additions and demolishings. During the latter 1800s, Dexter Rumsey gave the estate to his son-in-law, Ansley Wilcox and his wife Mary Grace Rumsey. They would make many extensive remodeling changes to the house, which are shown on the plans that can be found on file at the historic site. The whole thing started in 1901, at the Pan-American Exposition, anarchist Leon Czologosz shot then President William McKinley twice, and doctors did their best which seemed to help, but then suddenly, his condition got worse. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt had rushed back to Buffalo, but got there after the President was dead. Because of all the tragedy and politically charged environment, the inauguration should happen immediately, with the best site being the Wilcox house. With 50 dignitaries, family and cabinet members, Federal Judge John R. Hazel administered the oath, yet no photo that event exists today; and that after many photographs had been taken. The Wilcoxes stayed in the house until the 1930s, and the magnificent furniture sold at a public auction; and soon was the Kathryn Lawrence Restaurant. They took away interior walls, knocked down the carriage house and painted many of the fabulous finished wood surfaces; and then it too failed in the 1960s. In the museum, or the beginning of the house, there are numerous relics that were brought here from the Pan-American Exposition, that contains playing cards, plates, wine glasses and the key to the Temple of Music, with the last room being the replicated Oval Office during Roosevelt's presidency. In 1966, it would be become a National Historic Site and put on the National Register of Historic Places in the same day.

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  • Spirit of Buffalo-Buffalo Sailing AdventuresSpirit of Buffalo-Buffalo Sailing Adventures Buffalo, New York
    The Spirit of Buffalo, was originally called the Jolly Rogers, and built by the Rover Marine Lines in Norfolk, Virginia; sailing for her first five years out of Lewis, Delaware and then going to Georgetown, South Carolina in 1997, sailing on Winyah Bay. In late fall of 2008, the ship was purchased by the Buffalo Sailing Adventures and sailed up to Buffalo. She spent the winter in preparation for the sail up the Hudson and through the Erie Canal to her new home, getting into Buffalo the first week of May, 2009. Buffalo Sailing Adventures is family owned and operated, starting out in December of 2008, operating out of Buffalo. She is a magnificent 73 foot coastal sailing vessel, that just happens to be the only square rigged topsail schooner sailing out from the Buffalo harbor. Kathy and Ric Hilliman began sailing as teenagers, with their weekends spent at Sherkston Beach, renting small sail boats. They grew up, married and had three children, all the while loving and sailing their lives away. The couple bought their first sailboat, a hobie cat, and began spending their weekends sailing in Lake Erie, the Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir with their children. Next, they purchased a 32 foot sloop, and spent their summers on Lake Erie. Ric began studying for his captain's license, and volunteering for the Buffalo Fire Boat Edward Cotter. He started captaining the Miss Buffalo, Lockport Canal Boats and the Moondance. When their children were grown and on their own, 1st mate Kathy and Ric packed up their belongings and moved to Key West for a season. They both went to work on schooners like the Spirit of Buffalo and that season was to become a turning point in their lives. They purchased the Sea Dragon and have been sailing to the western Caribbean for the past 5 years. They are proud to bring their expertise and love of sailing to the Buffalo area and pass that love and freedom onto guests sailing with them.  Today, they offer private charters, pirate adventures, educational programs and day or evening cruises.

January 11, 2011