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A History of Abbott’s Landing

Abbott’s Landing - One of Baldwinsville’s most sought after communities. Located off Route 370, between Liverpool and Baldwinsville.

Abbott’s Landing – One of Baldwinsville’s most sought after communities. Located off Route 370, between Liverpool and Baldwinsville.

by Karen Abbott

Many people have asked if Abbott Farms is related to the Abbott’s Landing housing development. Here is the story as told to me by Windsor Abbott, grandson of Warren J. Abbott.

In 1915, Route 370 was a tree-lined dirt road. It was called Cold Springs Road because three natural springs flowed from the ground on either side. The area hosted many farmers who owned and worked small acreages of farmland.

That April, the first lightning storm of the season struck the big set of barns at Abbott Farms. The barns were east of the current market, on the spot where the first roadside market was. The barns caught on fire. Many neighbors came over to help, driving by horse and buggy. So many people helped that horses were tethered all the way from the white farmhouse down to Hicks Road. They made a bucket brigade to get water to the fire, using water hand-pumped from the farm’s well.

The maple trees surrounding the house were fully leafed-out, which shielded the house from heat and sparks and saved it from burning. The fire was fierce enough that some men left the farm and went to Vicki Lane, where Speach Lumber is now, to pour water on the wooden roof to save it.

The main barn at Abbott’s burned down. The two brothers, Warren J. and Elmer, decided to separate to recover from the loss. Warren J. stayed on the main farm and built another barn. Elmer bought Sunrise Stock Farm, one mile closer toward the village of Baldwinsville. His son Lyman eventually sold it to a developer, and it became Abbott’s Landing.

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