Forest Home Get-Together and BBQ – Date Changed

Because of the uncertain weather forecast for the original date, the Forest Home Get-Together and BBQ has been moved to the rain date. It will be on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3:00 pm in our Forest Home Park.

This year is significant because it commemorates the 225th year of Forest Home, which was founded in 1794. We will have a special cake and wholesome cupcakes for the children to decorate.

Annual FH Get-Together & BBQ

Join us for our annual Forest Home Get-Together and BBQ on Sat., Sept. 14 at 3:00 pm in our Forest Home Park. See the attached invitation for details. This year is significant because it commemorates the 225th year of Forest Home. which was founded in 1794. We will have a special cake and wholesome cupcakes for the children to decorate.

History of the Byway — written for June 2019 Walk and Talk

For his June 29, 2019 Walk and Talk, Bruce Brittain compiled a history of The Byway.

Like the That Old House Tour earlier in June, this event was sponsored by Historic Ithaca.  There is one more Walk and Talk this summer.  See http://www.historicithaca.org/walk-and-talk/


Find Bruce’s history as a PDF at https://fhia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/HistoryByway-bb-201906.pdf

 

Community Meeting on Forest Home Walkway

Come join us for a Community Meeting on our Forest Home Walkway on Wed. July 17 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. We  want to give everyone the time to attend, so come anytime during that time slot. Jim Weber, Town of Ithaca Director of Public Works, and others will be there to facilitate this opportunity for insight and input regarding the improvement of the Forest Home Walkway. Jim says that he will not have any presentation material at this meeting, but he may have existing conditions maps. The meeting will start at the bottom of the path, next to the intersection of Forest Home Drive and Pleasant Grove Rd.

History Walk and Talk: The Byway, on 6/29, 11am

Learn about the mills and associated houses on the stretch of Fall Creek alongside The Byway.

Saturday, June 29, 11am.
Walk and Talk: The Byway.

Led by Bruce Brittain, sponsored by Historic Ithaca.

“The Byway is a former loop of Forest Home Drive along Fall Creek in the Town of Ithaca. This short stretch of road has the highest density of nineteenth century mill remnants and mill-era houses in Forest Home.”

Meet at the end of The Byway that is adjacent to the downstream bridge. No charge, but registration is encouraged.

See http://www.historicithaca.org/walk-and-talk/

Here is a map from 1866 showing Forest Home, then known as Free Hollow, with houses and mills.

Printed map showing mills and houses along Fall Creek

Map of Free Hollow from the New Topographical Atlas of Tompkins County, New York (1866)

Tree Mulching Project Sat. June 8 in FH Park


Mulching is Child’s Play! Join your neighbors on Sat., June 8 at 9:00 AM in Forest Home Park for a tree cage weeding and mulching project. Bring work gloves and a small spade or digging tools if you have some, but we will also provide tools and a wheelbarrow. Refreshments will be available. Town of Ithaca has already delivered a load of clean mulch.  

Forest Home History — Events in June

Saturday June 15, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
That Old House Tour: Forest Home (sponsored by Historic Ithaca)

“Get an exclusive look inside beautiful homes & sites with this self-guided walking/driving/biking tour of selected interiors in Ithaca’s historic hamlet of Forest Home! Forest Home will be celebrating its 225th anniversary of settlement this year.”

On the day, tickets will be on sale from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Home Chapel, 224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY.

For more details see http://www.historicithaca.org/events/toht/

Saturday, June 29, 11am
Walk and Talk: The Byway
Led by Bruce Brittain, sponsored by Historic Ithaca.

“The Byway is a former loop of Forest Home Drive along Fall Creek in the Town of Ithaca. This short stretch of road has the highest density of nineteenth century mill remnants and mill-era houses in Forest Home.”

Meet at the end of The Byway that is adjacent to the downstream bridge. No charge, but registration is encouraged.

FHIA Spring Cleanup

Join neighbors in our annual Spring Cleanup of Forest Home on Sat., April 13 from 9:30 AM – noon (approximately, possibly earlier). We will meet at the Forest Home Park next to the downstream bridge. Coffee, orange juice and both decadent and wholesome baked goods will be provided. Bring a pair of work gloves if you have them, but we’ll provide some, in addition to trash collection bags. We’ll also provide a couple of trash picking tools, but bring one if you have it. Last year, about ten neighbors volunteered and we were done in less than two hours. Help keep our neighborhood free of trash and pollutants.  Come even if you only have limited time because we’ll give you a smaller area to cover. Raindate is the following Sat., April 20, same time.

Potluck Supper on Friday, March 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

We hope to see you at the Forest Home Chapel for our annual Spring potluck supper.

Keep an eye on the weather, but the forecast is not too bad for our little hamlet.

Don’t feel you really need to bring something.  We’d love to see you anyway.


For the hourly forecast, see https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=42.461&lon=-76.4745&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=graphical

 

The Historic District

A new page has been added to the website about the Forest Home Historic District. It is under the menu item ‘Forest Home’ -> ‘Forest Home Historic District’. If you are interested in information about individual properties within the Historic District, follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.

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