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Bonaparte in Lewis County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The French Emigres

Historic New York

 
 
The French Emigres Marker image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, June 26, 2012
1. The French Emigres Marker
Inscription. Following the social upheavals of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, some French aristocrats sought refuge in the wilderness of Northern New York. The vast Macomb Purchase provided lands for speculators who sold to French promoters. In 1782, J. D. Le Ray de Chaumont, scion of the noble family which sponsored Benjamin Franklin in Paris, came to America and became principal developer of the region. He laid out an estate, built a mansion and promoted settlement. In 1792, William Constable sold 200,000 acres to a Paris company for "Castorland," but many of its plans were visionary and impractical.

After Napoleon's fall in 1815, a new wave of refugees came to the region, including Joseph Bonaparte, the emperor's brother and erstwhile King of Naples and Sicily and Spain. While staying at Lake Bonaparte, he entertained fellow emigres and plotted to rescue Napoleon from exile. But pioneering life was not easy, and few emigres remained after Europe became more tranquil.

Permanent settlement expanded about 1820 with an influx of New Englanders attracted to the timber and mineral resources. Lacking good transportation, the region developed slowly. Today, the rugged country and the lakes and streams afford excellent opportunities for recreation.
 
Erected 1963 by Education Department, State

The French Emigres Marker as seen from Rte 3 image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, June 26, 2012
2. The French Emigres Marker as seen from Rte 3
of New York, & the NYS Thruway Authority.
 
Location. 44° 6.268′ N, 75° 24.562′ W. Marker is in Bonaparte, New York, in Lewis County. Marker is on New York State Route 3 west of Richardson Rd, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. This is the first parking area on Rte. 3 east of Watertown. If headed west on Rte. 3, it's shortly after the road signs for the shores of Lake Bonaparte. It is marked from both directions a mile out as "Parking Area." So that if you follow the above directions, it can't be missed. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisville NY 13648, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Memorial (approx. 11.7 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
NYS Rte 3 facing east from marker's rest area image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, June 26, 2012
3. NYS Rte 3 facing east from marker's rest area
NYS Rte 3 facing west from marker's rest area image. Click for full size.
By Yugoboy, June 26, 2012
4. NYS Rte 3 facing west from marker's rest area
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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