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Travelers venture near and far but many have never visited the great places near home.  It is the same all over the world.  Many times I have asked the receptionist at a hotel to suggest local places to visit and they respond with, "I hear "such-and-such" is great but I have never been there."  The same is true locally.  I do manypresentations and am amazed how few people have explored places near their home. or even in their hometown.

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Explore Mexico

Sandra Scott

For such a small community, Mexico, NY,  has some wonderful places to visit. Within walking distance there are three interesting places to visit.  The beautiful high school is home to "La Guerre d'Independence," an impressive scenic wall mural that depicts America's War of Independence. The historic mural was made in France and is purported to be the only place where the complete mural is on display. The White House in Washington and Fraunces Tavern in NYC have some of the panels. 

                                                                  The Star Clark Tin Shop and Underground Museum on Main Street was a pivotal stop on the Underground                                                                          Railroad.  Starr Clark aided runaway slaves and planned their onward movement from the tin shop. Clark                                                                            saw  that they had housing either in his Tin Shop, his home, or in the homes of other local antislavery families.                                                                   He also  arranged schedules for forwarding "the goods" and provided transportation to the next safe                                                                                     house.station. Helping runaways was illegal so records are hard to find but in one well-documented case a                                                                         runaway named George was aided by Clark on his way to freedom in Canada. Mexico was also instrumental                                                                     in helping Jerry McHenry make his way to Canada in what became a “cause celebre.”  

Mexico was the sometime home of Audrey Munson, considered to be “America’s First Supermodel.”   New Haven

has a newly erected sign designating her burial site in their cemetery. Munson posed for about 100 statues currently

in New York City and many elsewhere.  A new book, “The Curse of Beauty,” relates the life and times of Munson.

It recently hit the bookshelves. It is an interesting read and has all the elements needed for a great movie. 


                                              The Town of Mexico has the only free park on Lake Ontario. Mexico Point Park has

                                               a small beach with lifeguards, picnic tables, grills, and unique life-size hand-carved

                                               statues of people associated with the park.  There are two short  trails; one has an

                                               accompanying brochure describing aspects of the trail.  The other trail leads to a 

                                               historic marker designating the burial site of Silas Towne, Mexico’s Paul Revere.  

                                              Towne warned the colonists at Fort Stanwix that the British, with a contingent of Native Americans, were on the way to                                                         attack the fort.  Fort Stanwix was readied and withstood the assault which was instrumental in the thwarting the British plan  to conquer New York and the rest of the colonies.  The park is home to the unique Casey’s Cottage, a carriage house that  was turned into an 11th  century manor house.  The hand carved walls, ceilings, and beams are of special note.  Mexico  Point Park hosts weddings and a variety of events.