In the summer of 2013 on our way to the Adirondacks, we drove east of Canton, NY, to Saranac Lake. At the small town of Edwards we stopped briefly to search for the childhood home of Alexander Brodie.
I wrote about it on September 8 of that year, “A village, graves and an old house.” Brodie was a former army officer, a territorial governor out here in Arizona and rode with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.
I was armed only with a hand-drawn map of where to look. The map indicated to drive west of Edwards a short distance, past a cellphone tower and the house was there by a pine tree. I published a photo of the place above a cut-line that read, “I believe this might be the old Brodie family home.” It wasn’t.
I received this message today from Thomas Freeman of Edwards:
“Hello there, I wanted to let you know, that my family, The Freeman’s of Edwards have owned the Brodie Mansion since the 1880’s. The house you photographed is unfortunately not the “Brodie Mansion”. You were however close. Had you continued out from town on that same road, past the cell tower on your right at the bottom of the hill, the Brodie Mansion sits far back from the road with a two story pillared porch, it is quite a grand structure. The house is painted white.”
I wrote Mr. Freeman a short reply, thanking him for clearing up the issue. Mystery solved. I hope to take another crack at finding the “Brodie Mansion” the next time I’m in the area.