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Kingsbury in Washington County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Underground Railway Marker

 
 
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By John Arsenault, December 7, 2012
1. Underground Railway Marker Marker
Inscription. This stone chair was placed a few yards from this spot in 1841. Who placed it here and why is unknown. However, it may have been a guide post for the Underground Railway. The drawings below were carved on the back of the chair.
 
Erected 1999 by Town of Kingsbury.
 
Location. 43° 22.4′ N, 73° 33′ W. Marker is in Kingsbury, New York, in Washington County. Marker is on County Route 36 1.9 miles west of U.S. 4, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson Falls NY 12839, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vaughn's Corners (approx. 0.7 miles away); Burgoyne's Army (approx. 1.2 miles away); Kingsbury Street (approx. 1.2 miles away); Patten's Mills Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Great Indian Warpath (approx. 2.9 miles away); Smith's Basin (approx. 3 miles away); Oneida (approx. 4 miles away); Hamilton Lodge 144 F & A M (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kingsbury.
 
Also see . . .  The Underground Railroad in New York State. New York History Net's page to, "...catalogue information on the People and Places of New York that were involved
Underground Railway Marker Photo, Click for full size
By John Arsenault, December 7, 2012
2. Underground Railway Marker
in the activities of the Underground Railroad, and to provide reliable information about their role in African Americans' struggle for freedom." (Submitted on December 11, 2012.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. From The Underground Railroad in Northern New York, by Tom Calarco
...This relic had other markings mostly worn away by time and formerly rested on small legs. Many believed it served as a map for fugitive slaves traveling the Underground Railroad. A drawing of the chair as it looked in the 1930's made by George LaMere has been preserved by his nephew, Kingsbury historian Paul Loding, who believes he can decipher the markings. Loding suggests that what looks like a fort with a flag represents the village of Fort Ann and its Underground Railroad stations of legend, the Goodman Farm and the Old Stone Library; the triangular shape, Putnam Mountain; the smokestack above it, the Mt. Hope Blast Furnace that was north of the mountain; and the sailboat in the top right corner, the inlet to Lake Champlain...
    — Submitted December 11, 2012.

 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RR
 
Underground Railway Marker Photo, Click for full size
By John Arsenault, December 7, 2012
3. Underground Railway Marker
 
 
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