Liverpool Legends - Liverpool Public Library Local History Video Project


Peter Forgan

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Peter Forgan lives in Enumclaw, Washington but two of his illustrious ancestors once lived in Liverpool. Peter, the family historian, has spent the past eight years researching his great-grandfather H.A. Moyer and his grandfather Ward Wellington Ward. He talks about their many accomplishments in this interview. H.A. Moyer owned one of the largest farms in Liverpool, but he was also an avid inventor and a man of many talents. During the turn of the last century he was one of Syracuse's best known industrialists. His name was proudly displayed on some of the finest wagons and carriages ever built in the United States and shipped around the world. In 1911, he began to manufacture well-built, water-cooled automobiles. H.A. Moyer's son-in-law, Ward Wellington Ward, was a gifted architect. Many of his houses are listed on both the State of New York and National Registers of Historic Places. About one hundred of his houses can still be seen in the Central New York area.

One of Ward Wellington Ward's most beautiful houses was his home, LeMoyne Manor. Located on Old Liverpool Road across from the Moyerdale Farm (Bresee Chevrolet, today), the house is now part of the restaurant/motel complex that still bears its name. Historic photographs of the Moyerdale Farm, Moyer cars, and Ward Wellington Ward houses are included in this video journey into the past.

Running Time: 31:35

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