I pulled this from the RoadsideWonders Magical Mystical Wayback Time Machine! These photos were taken on my way home from Mohawk in 2006. I thought that I lost them in a hard drive crash awhile back … but it turned-out that I also had copies of some of my photos in a long-forgotten photo-sharing account. Yay!
I found the Webster Wagner Mansion completely by happenstance. I had a fierce headache and I pulled into the chain drugstore that sits (rather incongruously) beside the mansion. It totally screams The Adams Family or The Munsters! It’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places; but there seems to have been little done to preserve it. When I was there in 2006, it appeared that there were inhabitants (at least in the rear portions of the house). The windows were clean – and were perhaps new; but little else of the exterior seemed as if it were being cared for.
Webster Wagner (inventor of luxury sleeper cars and a New York State Assemblyman) lived a very interesting life … and died in a most ironic manner.
See links below to learn more about Wagner’s life and his tragic death.