The French Emigres
Historic New York
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
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).
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