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Wilson in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Morgan Johnson House

1844

 
 
Morgan Johnson House image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 28, 2013
1. Morgan Johnson House
Inscription. Site of First Adult Evening Classes Taught Here in 1817 by Luther Wilson.
 
Erected by Wilson Historical Society.
 
Location. 43° 17.646′ N, 78° 49.558′ W. Marker is in Wilson, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Wilson Cambia Rd (New York State Route 425) mile north of Ide Rd, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. One lot south of the Welcome to Village of Wilson sign. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2533 Wilson Cambria Rd, Wilson NY 14172, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hojack Park (approx. mile away); Randall Road Schoolhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tabor Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wilson Collegiate Institute 1845 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Log House Built in 1818 by Reuben Wilson (approx. one mile away); Lake Street and Young Street (approx. 1.1 miles away); First School House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pettit Street and Chestnut Street (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilson.
 
Regarding Morgan Johnson House. Luther Wilson, son of town founder Reuben Wilson, led a long and enterprising life in Wilson. At age 15 he drove about 15 cattle
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 28, 2013
2. Morgan Johnson House
away from Captain Scott's British raiders who torched all lakeside cabins in Wilson in December 1813. He built a hostelry, added steam power to the family grist mill, spent 20 years dredging the channel to Wilson Harbor, helped form the former Wilson Collegiate Institute, and was elected State Assemblyman. Morgan Johnson was captain of the Lake Ontario schooner Mille Cook.

This house is faced with rows of glacial cobblestones of uniform sizes set in soft lime mortar in courses. This building craft began after 1825 near Rochester, NY. The corner limestone blocks are quoins. The courses number six per quoin in front, five on the sides, and four and five in back except for the back of the single story service wing. The cobblestones mask the rubble walls that support the structure. There is a herring bone pattern below the band of limestone blocks known as the water table. Beyond the front door is a 270 degree spiral staircase. The second floor windows are eye-level, though they appear to be belly windows from the outside. (Belly windows require one to lie on the floor to peer out.) The mortar has been repaired and some cobblestones reset a number of times, most significantly in 2001 on the north and south sides for which the owners received a plaque from the Cobblestone Society in 2006.

The anchor on the front lawn was cut from the schooner Franklin Pierce (1840)
Northward View Morgan Johnson House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 13, 2014
3. Northward View Morgan Johnson House Marker
Without foliage
to escape from potentially being driven into the Wilson shoreline at the foot of Lake St. when a storm descended. The anchor was discovered in 1897. E. Stevens, owner of the house at that time, purchased the anchor and had it transported here. Afterwards, the property came to be identified as the Anchor Farm.

References

Croop, Donald W. Wilson Sketchbook. Wilson Historical Society, 1990
Frasch, Robert W. and Robinson, Delia A. Details of Cobblestone Masonry Construction in North America 1825-1860. Cobblestone Society Research Center, 1993
Wilson Historical Society Newsletter, April 2009 referencing “Boom Days Loom for Wilson,” Niagara Falls Gazette, November 26, 1941
 
Also see . . .
1. Wilson Historical Society. Lists all Wilson NY markers. (Submitted on September 30, 2013, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 

2. Cobblestone Society Museum. (Submitted on September 30, 2013, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Additional keywords. Cobblestone
 
Categories. EducationNotable Buildings
 
Morgan Johnson House image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 29, 2013
4. Morgan Johnson House
Morgan Johnson House Cobblestones image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 13, 2014
5. Morgan Johnson House Cobblestones
Herring bone pattern below the watertable.
Morgan Johnson House cobblestones image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, March 13, 2014
6. Morgan Johnson House cobblestones
 
 
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