We took a trip back in time on a visit to New York.
Back to the scene of the
The groom waits for the ceremony to begin.
The wedding takes place.
I am sure I could hear the echoes of our vows as we peeked
into the church. It hasn't changed much!
After the ceremony...
The chairs have changed, the carpet has been ripped out.
No one was around to take our picture,
So, we muddled through on our own.
I attended Bennett College in Millbrook, NY. The main building, Halcyon Hall, was formerly a luxury hotel constructed in 1893. The story I heard was that the proprietors would extend invitations to wealthy families in New York City to come enjoy a restful week in the country. Evidently the invitation hinted that the stay was free, but in fact, families received a hefty bill upon leaving!
The building was purchased in 1907, and may have looked something like this.
In my day, it looked like this. (I didn't have any pictures of the building,
but found this on the Internet, and must give credit to CardCow.com.)
The school ran into problems in the mid 70's as enrollment declined.
The original trust did not allow the school to admit men,
nor could they turn the school into a four-year college.
The property was ensnared in the trust decrees and was left empty
when the school closed in 1978.
What a shame.
It was difficult to go visit, but I felt compelled to see it again.
My dorm, first year.
My room was on the top floor, 4th window from the left.
In the picture above, I am on the far right in the front row.
The handsome fellow in the picture below is top row, third from right.
My friend is on the bottom row, on the left.
We remarked that we had no pictures of us together from back in the day.