Trinkaus Manor Restaurant History and Links

Trinkaus Manor was located on State Route 69 in Oriskany, N.Y. The Manor was originally built in 1826, by an English paymaster named Rice. It was a colonial style home owned by the Carl Waterbury family untill 1946. The Trinkaus brothers bought the house one hundred and twenty years after it was first built. It then became the Trinkaus Manor Restaurant. In 1949, Andy Trinkaus began the anual holiday lighting display. The lights earned a reputation for their beauty. The display was so large, that preparations began around Labor Day.

Trinkaus Manor also contained a restaurant and a motel. The restaurant could accomodate up to 650 diners, and the motel had 40 units for lodging. People came from all over New England, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Canada to visit the Trinkaus Manor. Some famous people to have visited the Manor were then Vice President George Bush, comedian Jonathan Winters, Charlie Daniels, Dick Butkus, and Phil Simms.

Tragedy struck in 1992. On April 5 Trinkaus Manor burned down. The fire was suspicious. On that day, Oriskany lost an important landmark, that many people from all over the country had enjoyed. Source

Dec. 6, 1988 — ORISKANY — Trinkaus Manor, for the past 22 years, has glowed with the yule spirit and 750,000 lights, attracting visitors from around the world. Andrew Trinkaus, one of the restaurant’s four co-owners, spends about eight months of the year planning, painting and building the feature that draws thousands of spectators. The restaurant’s electric bill increases by $6,000 a month once the lights are turned on.  Source

From this site: Q: You worked at the famous Trinkaus Manor restaurant for a time.  A: I started working at Trinkaus Manor in 1951 and worked there through high school and college. I was a busboy, dishwasher, I did everything there. I drive by there (now) and I cry (Trinkaus Manor burned to the ground in April 1992, arson is the cause but no criminal charges have been filed). Sherry Boehlert and Trinkaus Manor

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EBAY ALERT FOR TRINKAUS MANOR: This is a vintage set of menus, both luncheon and dinner, from the Trinkaus Manor! The were found in the attic of a friend’s Great Aunt Laura! This restaurant used to be in Oriskany, NY. It burned to the ground in 1992 but prior to that had many famous visitors including Jonathan Winters, George Bush, Phil Simms and Charlie Daniels!

Pricing on this menu is wonderfully interesting! Broiled Alaska King Crab with Drawn Butter, $3.50; 9 Small Danish Lobster Tails, $3.75; Prime Roast Ribs of Beef au Jus, $3.95 – you get the idea! View the Item

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4 Responses

  1. For years when I was growing up my parents and I would go to Trinkaus Manor every year for vacation. We got to know Andy, Tony and Bill very well. We use to sit for hours in the evening listening to Andy play the organ and at times during Andy’s break he was kind enough to let me play the organ even though I was only 14 and nowhere as good as him. And of course them there was Andy and his antique fire truck. It was always fun to go for a ride in that. And of course Tony always had a joke to tell I have many fond memories of Trinkaus Manor and wish it was still around.

  2. Hi, I’m trying to contact Chris (Rappahan). She was my college roommate at Potsdam State for a year. My husband and I attended her wedding at Trinkaus Manor many years ago. If anyone knows how I can contact her, please e-mail me at

  3. I was stationed at Griffiss AFB, back in the early 50s. My fondest memory, was that the owners invited two airman, to have a free dinner, every Sunday. I was one of the airman invited. After 60 years, I still remember the great meal, and the wonderful people that invited us, and served us.

  4. I worked there in the mid 60’s while in high school ( Whitesboro Central School ). And until moving to Florida in Oct of 2012, I would still have coffee regularly with Andy Trinkaus at the ” O ” in Oriskany ! Nice fella !

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