Casey’s Cottage is closed throughout 2020

Casey’s Cottage, nestled among the trees near the former mouth of the Little Salmon River at Mexico Point, is truly a “gem.” Across the lush lawns to the west of the cottage is the stone foundation with magnificent ship chains along the entryway. It is all that remains of Orville Hungerford’s elegant Mexico Point Club House (1906). Guests were met at the train station in Mexico and brought to the Clubhouse by a horse-drawn carriage. The horses were returned to the carriage house. With the advent of the automobile, horses were no longer necessary so that building was no longer needed. What remained of the carriage house was transformed into a medieval manor house, known as Casey’s Cottage, by two close friends: Dr. William C. Casey and Severin Bischof. Bill Casey provided the means and Severin Bischof provided the designs.

“The cottage was a work of love, a place of beauty, friends, companionship and good conversation only.” John Bischof, Artist’s son

Casey’s Cottage is available for smaller events such as business, club or organization meetings, rehearsal dinners, intimate weddings, showers, family gatherings, etc. More information on holding your special event at Casey’s Cottage is available at our Park Information, Reservations, and Weddings pages.

Events at Casey’s Cottage are listed on the Events page of this website.

Donations to help support Casey’s Cottage are always welcome. Funds will be used to help maintain and improve the cottage and support special events sponsored by The Friends of Mexico Point Park.


Epic Wood Carving of William Casey

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Stained Glass Window Project

A generous grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation enabled The Friends of Mexico Point Park to replace eighteen windows in Casey’s Cottage with Tiffany-style stained glass windows. The designs for these stained glass windows came from residents of Oswego County. Seventy-Five designs were submitted and the final selected designs were announced at the Celebration of the Arts event on June 9, 2019. Images of the completed windows are in the photo gallery below. The artists for each window are listed here.

Hummingbirds – Design by Arlene Filicia, Gloria Carter & Karen Ringwald; Glasswork by Diane Chepko-Sade
Heron – Design and Glasswork by Diane Chepko-Sade
Water Lilies – Design and Glasswork by Laurie Cardinali Kester
Tulips — Design by Henry Becker; Glasswork by Adriana Becker
Dragon – Design by Jack Anzalone; Glasswork by BillieJo Peterson and Laurie Cardinali Kester
Candle – Design by Gianna Ruggio; Glasswork by Laurie Cardinali Kester
Yellow Flower – Design by Makenzy Hull; Glasswork by Laurie Cardinali Kester
Kassie’s Sword – Design and Glasswork by Kassie Clark
Grapes – Design by Mike Clark; Glasswork by Kassie Clark
Knight – Design by Bri Harrington; Glasswork by BillieJo Peterson, Laurie Cardinali Kester and Diane Chepko-Sade
Trillium – Design by Carleen Talamo; Glasswork by Diane Chepko-Sade
Knots – Design by Andrew Becker; Glasswork by Adriana Becker
Chapel – Design and Glasswork by Laurie Cardinali Kester
Diamonds – Design by Kathleen Besaw; Glasswork by Laurie Cardinali Kester
Abigail’s Sword – Design by Abigail Roberts; Glasswork by Laurie Cardinali Kester
Horses – Design by Arlene Filicia & Karen Ringwald; Glasswork by Diane Chepko-Sade
Castle – Design by Stanley Webb; Glasswork by Diane Chepko-Sade
Michael’s Sword – Design by Michael M. McConn Jr.; Glasswork by BillieJo Peterson

Casey’s Cottage Interior

Hauntings?

After the death of Dr. Casey in 1978, the cottage remained empty and uncared for for many years. During the time the cottage sat abandoned, young people found a way to get in to “party”. Some have returned since it has been restored and relate to us events that occurred during their time in the cottage. Some felt as if they were being watched, some heard faint organ music, others felt a chill breeze pass over them.

Stories of sightings of ethereal images under the tree where a young woman was buried, and cries for help echoing from the lake have been related. While working at the cottage some volunteers have experienced similar things as well as fleeting glimpses of forms moving through the rooms, furniture having been moved, keys being lost then found in strange places, a candle jumping off a mantle shelf, and the feeling of not being alone.

Professional paranormal investigators have documented orbs, voices, chills, and physical touches.