The Crow Essay

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My Legacy I still remember the day my parents told me that they were looking into buying the house on Broadway. The very next day we went to look at this amazing home. I loved the house from the very beginning. It was like my dream house. When parents decided to buy it I was joyous. I love history so I read through some of the history about this marvelous home. The house was built in 1858 by Joseph G. Lawton. He was an idustrialist and a banker. The was two-foot lime stone that originally quarried from the river for a lock and a dam was salvaged and used to build three houses one being the Crow's Nest.Legend has it that the house was used as a hideaway for the Under Ground Railroad. In 1889 it was bought by Col. Harrison Cawker ( a millionare). Cawker had many parties. At these occasions the guests would drink, dine, and dance which occupied the guests untill dawn. Benjiman Harrison was a guest at one of Cawker's parties. A popular song "After the Ball was Over"was inspired and authored after a formal dance hosted by Col. Cawker. The home was called the "Crow's Nest". Some say the home got it's name from the railing on top the house called "The Widow's Walk",or the "Crow's Nest".Others beleive that the house got it's name from Col. Cawker himself, or a modified indian translation of his name. The house was then sold in 1892. After a period of decline for fifteen years it was made in to a creamery and then a tenement house. It was purchased in 1907 by J. W. Lyons, founder of Lyons Boiler Works. He restored the estate to it's former beauty. the Crow's Nest faced...

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