The drive from Clayton to LeRoy was a pleasant 210 miles through farmlands and lovely small towns that are common in northern New York. We arrived at the Frost Ridge Campground and settled quickly. This short stop of three nights has two purposes; visit with friends and relatives then sightsee the Jell-O Gallery.
Our Canadian friends, the Dippels whom we visited this time last year, were camping near. The Letchworth State Park is about 28 miles away from us and is one of the most beautiful parks we've seen and is known as "The Grand Canyon of the East." The Genessee River runs through it and has carved the great canyon one stands in awe on the edge. Our visit with the Dippel and other friends, Terry and Marie was a wet and cold day but ended with a terrific BBQ of cornish game hens. Yummm.
We surely didn't know as we arrived in LeRoy that this little village used to be a very busy town of manufacturing importance. Here was made the LeRoy plow, silk stockings, two explosives plants, carriage factories, pharmacologies making and finally in 1897 the American favorite dessert of Jell-O was invented. Jell-O was made here until 1964. Now the factory is shut down and moved to Dover, Delaware, all that remains in LeRoy is a Jell-O Gallery museum. The tourist should spend about 1 1/2 hours here after spending the $4.50 to get in. You'll learn certain trivia such as 13 boxes are purchased every minute, Strawberry is THE favorite flavor. The Jell-O gallery is behind the LeRoy House on Main st. home of the man for whom the town is named. The LeRoy home is open to the public to tour and is a grand example of homes from an era long gone.
After both of these two events came another wonderful meeting of "the Fullers". Three long lost cousins of the Fuller clan and their wives met at a local restaurant, The D & R Depot Restaurant. It was Kevin, Duane and Dave Fuller. What a terrific meeting catching up on the past and getting to know one an other.
Next stop Jamestown, NY! Stay tuned...