Old House Journal

A MYTHIC revival

Having made a fortune in compressed yeast, brothers Charles L. and Max Fleischmann of Cincinnati were searching, in the 1880s, for a summer retreat for their families. They found it in a 160-acre spread above the tiny village of Griffin’s Corners in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Soon the brothers and their three other siblings all had built summer cottages here, bringing their wives and as many as 20 children with them every summer.

sleepy nature of the town today, the Victorian-era boom seems surprising. From the 1880s through the 1910s, hundreds

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