CHAZY - Anything that has been around for a century is bound to have quite a history. The current Station Caf and Gifts is one such case.
Originally built in 1910, the former Delaware and Hudson Railway building was in operation until the mid-1960s, with the building's creator, William H. Miner, its number one patron for many years.
"He traveled all the time," explained Dr. Joseph Burke, author of the biography "William H. Miner: The Man and the Myth."
Burke explained that, every Sunday, Miner would travel in on the morning train, go to church with his wife, Alice, work on the farm, and catch the train back to New York City that night.
"On one occasion, he came in on Sunday ... and 25 minutes before he was to catch the train, he said to Alice, 'Would you like to come to New York with me?'" explained Burke. "And, she says in her diary, 'It took me only 25 minutes to get ready for a week in New York City.'"
Today, the building is owned by Carolyn Tetreault, who purchased it in 2007.
"My husband remembers this being a teen center in the late 70s, and I think the American Legion owned it then," said Tetreault.
However, Tetreault estimates in the mid-1980s is when its next owner took over, using it primarily for storage space.
"He bought the property because he didn't want kids coming and messing around with the property," she explained. "He remembered playing here as a kid and he's 80-something now."
When Tetreault noticed the building, she knew she wanted to buy it.
"I thought the building was really cute and historic and I was like, 'What if somebody tears it down like they did the school?'"
Once Tetreault began digging into the building's history, she noticed something interesting about it.
"When I started the business, I noticed that it was built in 1910 and I was like, '2010, we've got to do something."
Much to Tetreault and Burke's surprise, no documents could be found as to the exact day the building was originally opened, so Tetreault had a century celebration Sept. 18, with music, wine tastings, a treasure hunt, and giveaways. Burke was also on hand with copies of Miner's biography and to share the buildings history with visitors.
"The great thing about Carolyn doing this is everything gets torn down," said Burke. "We really need this preserved, what we have."