Welcome to Elm Medona
Built in 1909 by Phinneas Pickworth as a gift for his wife, Ariane, Elm Medona served as the family's summer cottage. Set in the middle of a sprawling eighty acres, with over seventy rooms, Elm Medona is world-renowned for its unique architecture, collection of art, and Phinneas Pickworth's astonishing collection of artifacts and curiosities.
Did you know that Clara Barton was a vegetarian?
10 Little Known Facts About Clara Barton
- Clara Barton is best remembered for organizing the American Red Cross.
- Clara's full name was Clarissa Harlowe Barton.
- Clara Barton was born on Christmas Day 1821!
- Clara was the youngest of five children.
- When Clara was eleven, her brother David became her first patient after he fell from a rafter in their unfinished barn.
- Clara Barton was one of the first women to work at the U.S. Patent Office.
- There are at least ten schools in the United States named after Clara Barton.
- Once, a bullet tore through the sleeve of Clara's dress without striking her and killed a man she was tending to.
- Barton may have drawn inspiration from her great-aunt, Martha Ballard, who was a midwife.
- With a friend, Clara Barton started the first public school New York in 1850.
Did you know that George Washington names his cat "Hamilton" after Alexander Hamilton?
10 Little Known Facts About Alexander Hamilton
- Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies (now part of St. Kitts in the Caribbean)
- He attended King's College (now Columbia University in New York City)
- He had eight children with his wife Elizabeth. Their names were Philip, Angelica, Alexander, James Alexander, John Church, William Stephen, Eliza Hamilton Holly, and Philip ("Little Phil")
- In 1784, Alexander Hamilton founded the Bank of New York
- Hamilton was the only New Yorker to sign the United States constitution
- George Washington appointed Hamilton the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
- Alexander Hamilton's portrait has appeared on the $2, $5, $10, and $50 U.S. currency notes.
- Hamilton College, named after Alexander Hamilton, is the third oldest college in New York State.
- There have been at least four U.S. postage stamps honoring Alexander Hamilton
- Hamilton passed away in 1804 from fatal wounds sustained during a duel.