Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Gen. John S. Knapp Home

This mansion at 107 South Street was originally built by Charles Fitch. For many years this mansion was the home of Gen. John S. Knapp and his family. The Knapps added an addition and the porte-cochere entrance.

Born in Victory and educated in Albany, Knapp read law at the U.S. Department of Treasury. Knapp moved into Auburn in 1860. He was appointed provost marshal of the 24th Congressional District. Knapp served on the board of directors of the Southern Central Railroad, the American Express and several local banks. In 1878 Knapp was appointed quarter master general of the National Guard. Knapp's last position was postmaster of Auburn.

After the death of Mrs. Knapp the property was sold and divided onto four apartments.

For the past several years the former Knapp home has been undergoing restoration.

~ Information provided by Sheila Tucker, Cayuga County Historian

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