Real nightmare on Elm Street
Friday, June 25, 2010 - 2:05 pm

To the Editor:

I was born and raised in Potsdam, graduated from Potsdam High in 1964 and SUNY Potsdam in 1968. Some of my ancestors were in Potsdam before 1820.

I have just returned from a genealogical trip to Potsdam, and was very saddened by the shape of the wonderful homes and buildings that my ancestors helped to build.

I then traveled to Wethersfield, Conn., where the much older homes are in great condition.

Houses are designated as “Historic” and are used as museums, offices, bed and breakfasts and homes. They are used and appreciated.

Meanwhile, the grand architectural treasure at 18 Elm St. in Potsdam, said to have been built by Samuel Partridge and also touted as the inspiration for Wes Craven’s 1984 movie, is slated for demolition in the very near future.

Why? So a new town hall can be built in this space?

Aren’t there enough empty buildings in Potsdam?

Haven’t enough wonderful old buildings and houses been razed?

How can we help?

Please talk to every Sandstoner you know. Volunteer to be the local people who will form an Historic Preservation Association and begin the process of saving Potsdam’s rich historic heritage.

Take a stand now to preserve the Potsdam we knew! Send comments to the town and to me at

Mary Sherburne Ezell

Phoenix, Ariz