” Let everyone sweep in front of his own door and the whole world will be clean.” ~ JW von Goethe

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The Granary in The Artist Colony, Idle Hour, Oakdale, NY

This is down the road from where I went to college and it has a history, for sure.  Once part of William K Vanderbilt’s 23 acre estate, it was modeled after an English mews and contained a granary (shown above), pigsties, stables and servant quarters. Ah, the country life, a la a multi-millionaire! Post Vanderbilt, It was then converted to a bohemian artist colony, also called Midgetville for its small, short buildings.  I call it Munchkinland and although there are no underground structures that I know of, the feel when you are inside is that of a Middle Earth far away land and of time long ago and far away.  There are modern touches (oh, how I wish the door shown above was an original!) now incorporated here and there but the feel of history remains strong.

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