The front of Murphy Orchards
Inside the first gift shop
In the back of the main house is a building that was probably used to be a barn in earlier days. Inside the barn is another, more rustic gift shop.
Gift shop in the barn
Another view of the gift shop in the barn
We continued through this gift shop to the back of the barn area. This barn was used as a stop on the underground railroad during the slave days. A video was playing on a TV in the corner of this room explaining the history of the underground railroad. Initially, once the slaves made it to New York they were considered free. The southerners who owned the slaves weren't happy about that, so a law was passed that made it a federal offense if you knew there whereabouts of a slave and did not report it. The slaves were then forced to travel all the way to Canada to ensure their freedom and safety.
The cage on the right side of the picture is around the tunnel. It was probably put there to keep me from falling in, which I can't swear that I wouldn't have done, because I leaned over the cage to take the next picture.
Looking down the underground railroad tunnel
Being in that room and experiencing a part of history was amazing. Another treat, however, was meeting the gentleman in the next picture.
Lighthouse on Lake Ontario
Another view of Lake Ontario
We then headed back toward Callie's house and on the way stopped at a couple of quilt shops (yippee!). Edie would have slit her wrists had she been with me, because looking at fabric is not her idea of a good day. Looking at yarn, however, would have made her happy. Then off we went to lunch. Last week, Callie met the owner of a Cajun restaurant. She gave Callie a card for a free appetizer at the restaurant, so that's where we decided to go. The restaurant is called Chester's, and it looked like a hole-in-the-wall, but talk about delicious food!
We only ate half of our lunch, so we could get dessert. We chose the apple pie skillet...Mmmmmm!
That's French vanilla ice cream on top of the pie and whipped cream on the sides. It was drizzled with caramel sauce. The Buffalo area is known for its good food, and so far I haven't been disappointed.
Tomorrow's another day--we'll see where it takes us.