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Cottages on Hemlock Lake

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Hemlock Lake Cottage Map circa 1883

There were over 200 cottages on Hemlock Lake before there was a single one on Conesus Lake. With the development of the lakeshore, Slab City became the village of Hemlock Lake, then briefly Holden, and finally simply Hemlock.

Most of the hotels and cottages of Hemlock Lake were built in the latter half of the 19th century. The three story St. James Hotel opened in 1879 on the east shore of the lake. It was considered elegant for the time and had rooms for 60 guests.

Other hotels on Hemlock included the Jacques House, the Port House, the Half Way House, and the Hermitage. The Lake Shore House was famous for its dance hall and fine restaurant.

A cholera epidemic in 1852 was responsible for the growing city of Rochester to first recognize its need for a reliable water supply. After considering a number of alternatives, Hemlock Lake was chosen on the basis of its purity and elevation. The City of Rochester purchased the watershed and began removing the cottages.

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A photo of the Belle Cottage on Hemlock lake taken in 1910.

Photo courtesy of Doug Morgan.

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A stereo photo of the Spring Bank Cottage on Hemlock Lake taken in 1910.

Photo courtesy of Doug Morgan.

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The Wallace Cottage on Hemlock Lake taken in 1910.

Photo courtesy of Doug Morgan.

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The Willow Beach Cottage on Hemlock Lake taken in 1910.

Photo courtesy of Joyce O’Neil.

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Another view of the Willow Beach Cottage on Hemlock Lake taken in 1910.

Photo courtesy of Joyce O’Neil.

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Another view of the Willow Beach Cottage on Hemlock Lake taken in 1910.

Photo courtesy of Doug Morgan.

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The Woodruff Liberty cottage on Hemlock Lake. The year of the photo is unknown.

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Wilkins.

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The Knapp cottage on Hemlock Lake. The year of the photo is unknown.

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Wilkins.

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An unknown cottage on Hemlock Lake. The year of the photo is unknown.

Photo courtesy of Dorothy Wilkins.

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The remains of the chimney and foundation of what is believed to have been the Halfway House on Hemlock Lake.

Photo courtesy of Doug Morgan 2011.

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This is believed to be a picture of the Halfway House on Hemlock lake. A close look at the stone pattern of the chimney in this photo seems to match the photo above of the remains of the chimney taken in 2011. There is also a similar pattern in the low stone wall in front of the chimney.

Photo courtesy of Doug Morgan.

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