This photo is from the book “Remembering Wayne – A Pictorial View of People, Places and Pastimes of Wayne County, New York” by Andrea T. Evangelist (Page 122)
From Arch Merrill’s (1944) “The Ridge” pp 34 -35
Linked with stage coach days is the 90-year-old Sodus Hotel, three stories, white, ivy covered. A character named L. L. Whitney Sr., operated it for years. In 1878 when the town voted dry, Whitney was full of wrath. On his property was a pump where nearly all the village came for cool, spring water. The hotel keeper put up a tight, board fence, seven feet high, around the well, announcing that “if the people would not let him sell liquor, they could not drink his water.” It is recorded that Whitney relented and also that Sodus voted “wet” at the next election.
Back of the hotel was a half-mile race track, where in the 1890’s was held the annual fair of the Sodus Agricultural Society.
This mural depiction of the Hotel, Bandstand and Fountain is from around 1917 when the fountain was put in.
To read about the mural, please click on this link: http://muralmania.org/sodus-mural/
The fountain still exists and you can read about it by clicking this link: http://townofsodushistoricalsociety.org/plaques/sodus/sodus-fountain-page/
By the 1960s, the Snider Hotel had morphed into the Hotel Sodus: