Rochester’s South Wedge follows the hundreds of ambitious and ordinary people who have formed a distinct community for 185 years. Immediate neighbors include Mount Hope Cemetery, the nation’s first municipal cemetery and final resting place for the Frederick Douglass family and Susan B. Anthony; and Highland Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Close by are the University of Rochester and Colgate Divinity School. With its northern boundary on the original Erie Canal, the South Wedge became home to laborers, craftsmen, and shopkeepers who contributed to the boatbuilding industry in the 1800s. The worldfamous Ellwanger and Barry Nurseries covered parts of the South Wedge and surrounding area.
About the Author
Rose O’Keefe is a freelance writer and editor of the Wedge newspaper of the South Wedge Planning Committee, and as such, she has had a close-up look at every nook and cranny in the Wedge. She is a member of Whistle Stop Writers writing group and Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators. With its blend of photographs and memories, Rochester’s South Wedge unveils the history of this vibrant urban community.