Best of the Tales of Sterling

The Best of the Tales of Sterling
by Don Richardson

$15.00   at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum

In Fair Haven at the Fair Haven Gift Shop, Hayward’s Collectibles, Pleasant Beach Hotel

In Oswego at River’s End Book Store, and the White Maritime Museum

$17.00 by mail includes shipping.  Send order to:
Don Richardson,
P.O Box 122,
Fair Haven, NY 13064

A New Book of Old Stories                  paperback, 268 pages
For over a decade Don Richardson has helmed the weekly newspaper column, Tales of Sterling, which recounts historical events, personal memoirs and stories of Sterling and Fair Haven, New York. Now he has published a collection of these columns in one volume, The Best Of The Tales Of Sterling. Over the years there have also been many guest columnists, from historians and long time residents to nineteenth century journalists whose writings have been reprinted.  
Some things have changed while many of the pleasures of Little Sodus Bay still remain the same through the years; everyone will find something that sparks fond memories of their own time spent here. You will enjoy stories of summers at Fair Haven Beach State Park, sailing on the bay, Halloween nights and other events within recollection as well as tales reaching back to the days of stage coaches, sailing ships, steam engines and the 1857 visit of railroad investors skinny-dipping in the lake. You’ll learn about smugglers, rum-runners, shootouts and alligators in the bay.  A true keepsake for every family, this is a book you will pick up over and over again to reflect on your own tales of Sterling.

2 Responses to Best of the Tales of Sterling

  1. Don Richardson says:

    While Tales of Sterling would appear to be mainly about local history, it contains a significant number of stories that dramatize national topics: Prohibition, Age of Rail, resort life on Little Sodus Bay and Lake Onterio, environmental protection, changes in agriculture, growing up in early rural America, boating and fishing, and good writing from a wide variety of co-authors.

  2. Don Richardson says:

    Comment from Rick Fineout: “It certainly brought back a lot memories and I learned some things I certainly didn’t know about Fair Haven, or even my own family. Some things we don’t forget – ice fishing, doing stupid things near the piers in the water, and the roads that were unpaved back in the ’50’s.” (He, and his sister Beth, grew up in Fair Haven. His father, Erwin Fineout, was a life long resident of Fair Haven and long time village historian.)

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