On March 9, I got my opportunity. I went with members of the Friends of Allegany State Park on a tour of the house.
The history of the house actually started well before the house was built. In 1825, Mordechai Noah, who was a politician, diplomat, writer, editor, and playwright (he was a very busy guy), got the idea that he would buy Grand Island to be a homeland for the world's Jewish population. He bought a small portion of the island (he didn't have enough money to buy the whole thing), and he named it "Ararat." He then had a ceremony at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Buffalo. He had wanted to have a flag raising ceremony in Grand Island. Unfortunately, there was no way to transport all of the people who were attend to Grand Island. So... the ceremony was in Buffalo. It was followed by a giant parade, featuring the Buffalo Civic Band and the Masonic Band.
After the big event, Mordechai Noah left Buffalo, never to return.
Mordechai Noah had big dreams but realizing the dreams turned out to be too difficult.
After it became clear that Mordechai Noah’s dream of a Jewish homeland on
The picture above is a typical desk in a schoolhouse at that time. It was donated as a display in River Lea.