Photo of the Day: Jan. 9, 2017 – Dana Farm and Memories of Mae Cowan

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Today’s Photo of the Day is courtesy of the Dana Farm on Tompkins Road, out near Mission Point Lighthouse. This is another of those barns you drive by for 50 years and then suddenly realize how beautiful it is when you stop and look at it.

Down the road, there was a steep bank dotted with small holes drilled by the swallows. I don’t know that they’re so prevalent anymore, because I think the bank’s been smoothed over, either by roadwork or by natural means. But I’ll check it out when the weather gets warm and see if the swallows are still there. Last year, there was also an eagle’s nest in the woods along there.

My earliest memories of that stretch of road date back to the 1960s when I’d ride with my mom, Mary Johnson, to pick up Mae Cowan for church on Sundays. Mae lived in the farmhouse closest to Center Road. She was the daughter of John and Rose (Quaife) Tompkins, and like my mom, a registered nurse who worked at Munson Medical Center. Mae was born in 1895 and died in 1977. I remember her as being a gentle, kind soul who was always grateful for the ride to church.

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