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Sonyea in Livingston County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Site of the Groveland Shaker Community

Historic New York

 
 
Site of the Groveland Shaker Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2015
1. Site of the Groveland Shaker Community Marker
Inscription. On this site the eighteenth and last Shaker community in America was founded in 1836 by members of the Sodus Bay Shaker community. The Shakers, formerly known as the United States Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, were a religious communal group that came from England in 1774. The first settlement was in Watervliet near Albany, N.Y. Known for their industry and diligence, the Shakers sold lumber, agricultural products and handicrafts. Their founder, Mother An Lee, incorporated simple dance movements and singing in the worship ritual. The practice of celibacy made them dependent on converts and the adoption of orphans for membership. A decline in membership and financial problems led to the closing of the Groveland community in 1892, and the remaining members moved to the Shaker comunity ar Watervliet, N.Y. The Shakers sold the Groveland property to the State of New York in 1894 for the purpose of establishing the Craig Colony for Epileptics which became a noted institution for the care of the handicapped.
 
Erected 1985 by New York State Education Department, New York State Department of Correctional Services.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historic New York marker series.
 
Location. 42° 40.604′ 
Marker & Site image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2015
2. Marker & Site
N, 77° 50.49′ W. Marker is in Sonyea, New York, in Livingston County. Marker is at the intersection of Moyer Road and Brill Drive, on the left when traveling south on Moyer Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dansville NY 14437, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sonyea Shaker Community (approx. mile away); This Park Dedicated to the Men of 3rd U.S. Marines (approx. 3.2 miles away); In Honor of the Mount Morris Veterans (approx. 3.2 miles away); Birthplace of Francis Bellamy (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Genesee Valley (approx. 3.6 miles away); John W. Powell (approx. 3.7 miles away); Mary S. Howell (approx. 3.8 miles away); Francis Bellamy Memorial Park (approx. 4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The "Sonyea" zip code 14556 is exclusively for the state prison.
 
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South & East Sides image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2015
3. South & East Sides
Seneca Building image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2015
4. Seneca Building
Locked and apparently under renovations.
West Side image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2015
5. West Side
North Side image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2015
6. North Side
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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