Saratoga Historical Poetry – Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening


Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening


Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
There is a rich history of historical poetry in our community.  It was our desire to share monthly a piece of historical poetry.  So a reader might wonder why would we start with a well known piece from Robert Frost which has no connections with our community.  The answer is that this piece was chosen and read at the services for Dan T. Craine this past Saturday (January 9, 2016) at the Quaker Springs Methodist Church.
Dan Craine was an active member of our community living on Burke Road in the Town of Saratoga.  In January of 1961, Dan and his lovely wife Marion bought a former dairy farm and enjoyed many years living in an ideal nature preserve.  It is such an ideal nature preserve that the local 4-H members visit there to study the environment.  Dan was an English professor at Sage College in Albany.  Dan and his wife, Marion raised two fine daughters, Kathy (a National Park Ranger) and Rebecca (a preschool teacher).  He was very proud of his son-in-law Peter Staats (a descendant of the historic family that helped define Saratoga), and grandsons Nathaniel and Lucas.
Dan and Marion have been active supporters of the Old Saratoga Historical Association. Dan served as chairman of the Town of Saratoga’s Board of Assessment Review for 10 years.    Dan and Marion have been extremely active participants of the Quaker Springs Methodist Church since the early 1970s.  Dan has been a very positive influence on our community for years.  His desire was for this poem to be read at his services.  That is the inspiration for sharing this today.  Rest in Peace, Dan.
The Flynn Brothers Funeral Home provided a beautiful obituary here.

One thought on “Saratoga Historical Poetry – Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

  1. Pingback: The Freedom of the Moon by Robert Frost | Town of Saratoga Historian's Office

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