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Photo above: Courtesy of the Town of Manlius Historian. Labeled “Down Town Fayetteville,” Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum took this photograph of Fayetteville’s Limestone Plaza while staying at the Gage Home in the summer of 1887.

Fayetteville is a village located in Onondaga County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the village had a population of 4,190. The village is named after Lafayette, a national hero of both France and the United States. It is part of the Syracuse Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Village of Fayetteville is located in the Town of Manlius, east of the City of Syracuse of which it is a suburb.

THE HOUSE THAT GAGE BRIEFLY OWNED  Royce and Valda Root  316 Highbridge St.
Valda Root and her neighbor Cathy Koch stopped in one day with the Abstract of Title to Valda’s property on Highbridge Street in Fayetteville.  When the Roots paid off the property, the bank sent them the Abstract of Title.  Reading through it, Valda saw the name Matilda Joslyn Gage. Alfred Worden transferred the property to Gage for $225.00 for the purpose of transferring it to his wife, Elizabeth Worden. Gage turned around and issued a quit claim deed to Elizabeth for the same amount, $225.00 on the same day, May 9, 1882.  Why?  Could he not directly transfer the home to his wife?  Why did Gage figure into the transference?  Anybody have any ideas? Please email

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