What seems to be the fourth week in May by the calendar feels more like the end of March. The weather is something you can do nothing about. Wait five minutes, and in our area the weather will change.
One thing that is certain is that people like tradition. What was done should continue if it works, and what worked should keep working. This is so true of many things. Progress is fine and has given us advancement; however, the initial inventions were made long ago and today’s inventions are simply a fine tuning or adding power to make an earlier invention quicker and “easier.”
We are going back to tradition and the not fixing it if it isn’t broke. Here in Palmyra, there are many things that remain the same. When you come up state Route 21 from Exit 43 on the New York State Thruway at the top of Hill Cumorah since 1934 stands the Angel Moroni, truly a beacon of a familiar, notable site. As we drive up state Route 21 we are greeted with another icon, a symbol of being home, as we see the four church corners. The only one ever, with the steeples raised high above the village signalling you have arrived. What is there in this small community that is only ours, that is one of a kind, that depicts our history? What do we have that is known throughout the visitor world, bringing us residential pride and a sign that you are definitely in Palmyra? Not in any other community or the 17 other Palmyras in the USA, but only one place that has this great gathering of steeples as you drive to the intersection of state Route 21 and state Route 31.
Many questions arrive because of this “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” You may say, “But, wait a minute, what about the 140-foot flagpole on East Main Street and Fayette, the Adm. Sampson Gun in the Village Park, the Erie Canal and the marina?” So many people never notice the flagpole that stands 140 feet tall, the Sampson Gun or the Erie Canal. All great things, but are they unusual or monumental to all? What about directions?
I want to find the Market Street museums of Historic Palmyra or the Alling Coverlet Museum, where do I go? The first question is, where are you coming from? The second response is, at the four church corner, the only one ever, take a right to head east, left to head west or straight to find the Erie Canal. After the second light on East Main Street from the four churches take a left to the Alling Coverlet Museum, or pass the four church corner and take the second street on the left for Market Street.
Now if you are coming from the east and are looking for the schools, Aqueduct Park, Hill Cumorah or Stafford street or road, you come to the four church corner and turn left from state Route 21, at the next light take a left to the high school, I think you get my point.
Looking at the ever popular Facebook, a note about our museums came up saying, “You have to see the four church corner, the only one anywhere, it’s amazing!” Many places are changing their logos and iconic symbols of “a sense of place.” They call this branding. A sign that says it all in a symbol or picture. Something totally recognizable in only your place or business. There are 363 miles of Erie Canal, and remember Palmyra was well established 36 years before the Erie Canal.