The location of the Dennis & Shirley Delano Ryan home is Sugar Bush on New York Route 3 East, approximately 3 miles from the Clinton County line at the top of a long sweeping hill and 20 miles northeast of Saranac Lake.
The above parcel is located in the Town of Franklin in Lot 58 and consists of 93 acres. This 93 acre parcel was deeded to Archibald and Francis M. Collins April 10, 1906. Next in ownership were Charles and Hattie Collins by deed still in 1906, who sold to Dennis and Anna Howard in deed of 1923. Edward and Della Tierney followed them in a deed in 1945. They in turn sold to Dennis & Shirley Ryan who purchased the property on June 19, 1946.
The original use of above property was a dairy farm and residence and the date of initial construction was 1907. The buildings have remained on the original site as built. Changes were made in the road fronting the house, which was Route 3, by the State Highway Department. The section of Route 3 from Collins Corners (Clinton County Line) to Merrills Corners (Pine Grove) was re-aligned in 1965. This realignment left a desirable distance between the road and the house.
The home is a typical two-story frame house with a story and a half ell and an attached shed. The windows are old-fashioned double hung four-pane type. The house has a gable roof and front open porch at ground level. Cedar insulated shingles were added later over clapboards. At one time, this was a model dairy farm with electric lights and drinking cups for the livestock in a large barn. Wood stoves supplied the heat.
Lightning rods with glass balls on the tops were installed on the roofs of the home and garage, but not on the barn, perhaps were not replaced when the barn was re-roofed. In earlier times, lightning rods were, as a rule, installed on roofs and grounded at a lower level to act as a conductor and divert lightning from the structure. Benjamin Franklin's famous experiment of 1752, demonstrated the electrical nature of lightning. Lightning did, in fact, strike this house and garage with force enough to break the glass balls on the tops of the lightning rods and snap the cable running between rods.
Dennis & Shirley Delano Ryan Home with Lightning Rods