Shake off the Winter Blues
General Stage Office, Chenango House. Greene, New York, 1840-1841.
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Repurposed as an invitation to a February dance party, this 1840 circular letter promotes an inn and tavern near the Chenango Canal, which began seeing freight traffic in 1837. The appended invitation indicates a bit of cabin fever, not uncommon in the snowy Southern Tier region of New York. “At the unanimous request of the Young Men of Greene, Mr. H. Curtis has determined to give a cotillion party …” Perhaps the canal was frozen and business at the tavern was slow!