Longwood Stories

Melanie Cardone-Leathers is the Local History Librarian at the Longwood Public Library. Today she regales us with tales covering three centuries and many locations. There is Benjamin Tallmadge burning the British hay at Coram during the Revolution. And the boot-strapping of Gordon Heights by African Americans from Harlem and beyond. How about Camps Siegfried and Upton, the former a 1930s, Nazi-inflected retreat and the latter a staging ground for troops during World War I and II?

To round it off, we experience the thrills of Fairy Town’s roadside attractions and Connie tells her monkey story.

Ad for Godon Heights. Photo courtesy Longwood Public Library, Thomas R. Bayles Local History Collection.

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