15 Church Street, Cicero, New York | Unmarked Location
Between 1823 and 1850, Dr. Hezekiah Joslyn is presumed to have maintained his medical office at 15 Church Street in downtown Cicero. During urban renewal, that block of Church Street was closed to auto traffic; it is now a serpentine pedestrian walkway connecting Main Street with a large parking lot. None of the structures once fronting on this block of Church Street appear to have survived.
In later years Joslyn’s daughter Matilda—the future Matilda Joslyn Gage—would have been a frequent visitor at this office, receiving the precocious medical instruction Dr. Joslyn imparted to his daughter.
The present-day pedestrian walkway is anchored by a large four-faced tower clock. Its base bears a plaque in memory of North Syracuse firefighter Douglas G. Goettel, Jr. (died 1985). The inscription concludes with a text freethinkers can appreciate. In a nod to the old town of Cicero, which has been mostly swallowed up by North Syracuse, it is a quote from the Roman philosopher-statesman, Cicero: "In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in doing good to their fellow men."
This view looks west across Main
toward the block of Church Street, now
closed to vehicular traffic, where the
Joslyn medical practice was once
located. It was probably on the left
side of the street as seen in this
This view looks east, toward Main
Street and, beyond it, the portion of
Church Street that remains open to auto
traffic. The Joslyn medical office was
probably behind this camera position
and on the right-hand side of the road.