Another Aerial Photo

This photograph was given to me by Mr and Mrs Stavisky who live in the last house on Old Post Road, right next to the Oxbow.  It is framed and hanging on their wall, and they kindly scanned it for me.

It really shows the extent of the cottages around three islands. Somehow, the gap between the second and third was filled in.

If you look carefully at the right side of the cottages, you can see the ‘cut’ of the old canal running by the side of them. Also note the channel in the bottom right corner of the photograph, where it looks like the bank of the canal formed an island.

There’s quite a cluster of cottages by the electricity pylon, which in those days was stood in water, hence the protective bollards around it.

The Oxbow Woods were not in existence, hardly a tree there at this time.

Notice how the canal embankment dam has large areas where there are no trees.

Thanks John and Anne, the photograph is a great historical record that I’m sure everyone will enjoy seeing.

oxbow 1950s





Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

4 thoughts on “Another Aerial Photo”

  1. No homes built on Olde Orchard or Erie Crescent so it must be before 1986. Not sure when Minerva was built. Thanks for sharing Mike!!


    1. It’s still there! it’s the old white house at the end of the Oxbow Rd nearest Erie Crescent.
      It’s actually on the market! Many stories abound about drunken murders there! Probably got ghosts too! Ha! Ha!


  2. Hi Mike, This is a wonderful addition to your collection of Oxbow photos! Did The Stavisky’s know approximately when this was taken? I see Minerva Deland in the background so obviously it was some time after that was built. It’s amazing to see how the area has changed!: NO woods, the separate islands, the channel of water on the one side of what is now Oxbow Road, and of course all of the cottages! How I wish that I had, had a chance to walk among them back in the day!
    Many thanks to you and The Stavisky’s for making this terrific historical record available to those of us who love that special place!

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