21 West Park Row
The Othniel Williams home at 21 West Park Row was begun in the mid-1820’s and completed about 1832. The brick sections were the two main parts of the original residence which was in the Williams family until 1938 when it was purchased by a family from Utica, William F. and Ruth W. Newton. He was an attorney.
Extensive gardens extended west to the New York and Ontario railroad. The gingko biloba tree in the Great American parking lot is all that survives the gardens. A carriage house that was on the north rear border was removed, piece by piece, and rebuilt at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown and rests there today next to Bump Tavern.
Othniel S. Williams, son of Othniel, was a prominent Clintonian, lawyer, judge, civic leader, entrepreneur, and Hamilton College graduate and later treasurer of the College who occupied the home with his family from his father’s death in 1832.
Cleveland and his young bride Frances received local people at the Williams home during their one-day visit during Clinton’s centennial.”
From 1942 to 1945 Adain Newell ran it as Hotel Ades. Then Edward W. Stanley and other Clintonians formed Kirkland Properties, Inc. which opened it for the first time as the Alexander Hamilton Inn in April 1946.
Since then eight different owners have added a north and south wing and enlarged the rear kitchen area.
Current owner, Patrick O’Connor, an Oriskany restauranteur, bought the property in October 1998, and, after extensive remodeling, opened April 2, 1999 as “O’Connor’s Alexander Hamilton Inn.” OConnor’s Alexander Hamilton Inn was foreclosed by the Bank of Utica in January 2006. It was bought for the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) and opened September 17, 2007, Constitution Day. The AHI holds speakers and seminars and is run by three Hamilton College professors: Robert Paquette, Doug Ambrose, and James Bradfield. Some Hamilton graduates have been very supportive of the AHI.
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