Original-House 1

Here is a brief history of Hazelhurst, a house that began as William Loney’s summer place in 1864 and is today The Athenaeum.


William Loney was a dry-goods merchant in Baltimore. By his first wife, Ruth Ann, he had three children: William, Mary and Ruth. His wife died when the children were very young, and William raised them with help from other family members. In 1863, he visited Skaneateles and met Alice Louise Allen.

alice-louisa-allen-loney-1William and Louisa were married in 1864, and William bought a small farm on Genesee Street and had a summer home (shown above) built for his growing family.


Between 1866 and 1878, William and Alice had four children, Alice, Allen, Henry, and Frederick Roosevelt Loney. Above you can see Allen, Fred and Henry, all of whom summered here.

Loney Mary

William’s eldest daughter, Mary, married Frederick Roosevelt. In 1879, they bought land near William’s house and had a…

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