Tour of Garden and Tea House of Former Lipe Estate

Trip Start Sep 12, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Lipe Garden

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kara's neighbor Karen had gone to the Canajoharie garden tour on July 21st and saw one garden that she knew Kara would love to see, so Karen arranged with the owner to give her and Kara a private tour.  Kara invited me too so I got to see this wonderful garden and parts of Canajoharie that I never knew existed and to hear some of the village's history - connected with Beechnut, of course.

The Canajoharie newspaper Courier Standard Enterprise printed this article about the actual garden tour:
Hidden gardens reveal more than flowers - Thursday, July 21, 2011..."For anyone with a love of local history (and mystery), the Canajoharie
garden and copper-topped limestone tea house owned by Sheryl Neal and
Stanley Phillips was the show-stopper.

Built in 1915 by Walter H. Lipe for his wife Christina, a Christian
Scientist whom he married in 1896, the octagonal tea house with oriental
features was once part of the vast Lipe estate (the home is now the
Reed Street residence of Randall Hogue). Neal and Phillips have owned
the property since 1988 and have spent the decades restoring the
stonework, water features and walks and plantings between the tea house
and what was the rose garden.

The Lipe family came to grief on August 20, 1921, when 60 year-old
Walter, a former Beech-Nut manager, apparently committed suicide by
hanging himself from the stairway railing of the carriage house after
having sent his luggage to the railroad station where he was to board a
train bound for New York City to become Vice-President of the American
Refining Company on Wall Street.

According to a New York Times article dated August 22, 1921, “In the
absence of his wife and two daughters, who were away from the Lipe home
in this city on a vacation, the death of the sugar refining company
official went unnoted for several hours. Soon after dawn, a man who had
been hired to do some tinkering on the automobile of the family, arrived
at the garage next door to the pretentious Lipe home. For a short time
the man was busy at his work, and then he happened to glance up at a
stairway leading from the garage proper to the upper floors. He saw the
form of a man dangling from the stairway railing and recognized the man
as Mr. Lipe.”  Neal, like most of Lipe’s former Beech-Nut associates of
the time, considers the suicide suspicious. To date though, the gardens
and tea house have not provided any answers to the mystery."  from

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