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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