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“These Men Were Prophets!” » George Ellwanger

George Ellwanger (1816-1906) began what would become the world largest plant nursery in 1840 across lands in present day South East Rochester. With his partner, Patrick Barry, George also was a long time philanthropist, donating land, structures, and money to create schools, parks and the St John Home’s for the elderly

Athough their gift was at first refused, George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry eventually donated 20 acres from the Mt Hope Nurseries, the section they referred to as their “Highlands”, to the City of Rochester for a park. This became a defining cultural moment as the acceptance was used as motivation for the creation of Rochester’s Park Commission and to set aside other land for even larger parks that were deemed to be needed in the growing city. George’s intent was summarized at an address he gave during the dedication of the park and the Ellwanger & Barry Memorial Pavilion in 1890 “soon—this will be the most readily accessible place within reasonable distance, to breathe the fresh country air in hot summer days, and obtain a sight of the unrivalled scenery that surrounds the City of Flowers. Though the grounds around this structure are now in the rough, they will soon be planted with trees, shrubs and flowers, and it is my wish and intention that they shall become every year more and more attractive, affording to all, more especially to the children of the city, ”

From “PRESENTATION – ELLWANGER & BARRY MEMORIAL PAVILION HIGHLAND PARK, ROCHESTER, N. Y. DEDICATED BY THEM TO THE CHILDREN OF ROCHESTER,” Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County · Historic Monographs Collection

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jianne permalink
    November 8, 2018 5:30 pm

    Shouldn’t that date be 1840, not 1940?

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