- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
See New Hamburg's Curious Guests
Trio of female dolls rotate positions and outfits daily at this strange historic home.
While all the other houses on Main Street are somewhat modern, the Greek Revival wood frame structure of the John Lawson House, built in 1845, is one of the only surviving structures on the block from an 1877 fire. On the day that the first four of the photographs above were taken, two of the three dolls were facing an abandoned building down the road that is well known as the only other surviving historical house on the block. The remaining doll was facing the Hudson River to the west.
To add to the historical background of the area, in 1871 amidst a two-week record-breaking cold wave, a train wreck occurred in which 22 people were killed less than two hundred feet away from the house.
A number of quirky objects accompany the dolls on the porch including a cut-up plastic milk container containing potpourri, which has changed location from one day to another, a sling-shot hanging from the ceiling, an empty bird-cage, and a white stool/box containing a brush and a small white towel. Neighbors don’t seem to know anything about the current owners of the house, which is one of six properties on the block known as the Main Street Historic District.
At night, a kitchen light can be seen through the drape covering the front door. A vegetable garden is kept in the backyard. On many rainy days, the dolls disappear into the quarters of the paint-peeled home. This house and its bizarre guests can surely be described as, if nothing else, a curiosity.