In Helmer’s Chapter on Picturing Place, the vernacular landscape is described as a “…style based on need and belief rather than established through tradition.” A prime example of a local vernacular landscape would be the area of Pittsford, NY, along the Erie Canal, named Schoen Place. This area gives the impression that it developed into an important commercial hub back when the Erie Canal system was used on a regular basis. There’s a strong sense of local culture in the variety of small stores, restaurants, and sights to see around the area as well. With many of the buildings having character suggestive of a hardworking purpose serving the local culture prior to being re-purposed. This particular photo is of Bill Wahl’s Microcreamery, facing towards the canal along the canal path. Definitely a neat place to check out.