The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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August 16, 2013

Business After Hours at Robin Hill

Medina Journal-Register — LYNDONVILLE - Thursday night’s Business After Hours, sponsored by the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce, proved that it is indeed possible to go home again.

Held at Robin Hill Nature Preserve on the north side of the Village of Lyndonville, owner Doug Pratt met and spoke with most of the small crowd during the course of the meet-and-greet.

Pratt, who said he plans to make the house on the property his permanent residence in the near future, is the grandson of the home’s original owner and builder, William Smith.

Smith, Pratt said, canned applesauce at a factory in Lyndonville, and with the money he made in that business he bought three farms and 45 acres of property.

“It took eight years to build this house,” Pratt said. “He and Grandma really built this place. The back porch is sandstone they quarried, and there are millstones that are part of the floor.”

He added that the first floor has no structural wood, and that sandstone is used instead.

“It’s a remarkable house,” he stated.

The house itself will soon host students on occasion is Pratt’s vision comes to fruition.

“Most of the arboretum is set up for a non-profit educational foundation,” he said. “I’m in the process of talking to colleges that are looking for projects.”

Pratt said Thursday’s small gathering offered a great chance to network with people who “know someone, who knows someone else, who knows someone else.” He said someone at Cornell might want to do a bee keeping study, and another school could do a wetlands project. He also mentioned how Genesee Community College could get some use out of the unique lay of the land.

“They can all come and learn, as we have over 400 varieties of trees,” he said.

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