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Victor in Ontario County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cobblestone Pumphouse at Fishers Station

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
1. Cobblestone Pumphouse at Fishers Station Marker
Inscription.  
Cobblestone Pumphouse at Fishers Station
Cobblestone Architecture: Unique to Western New York


Cobblestone architecture in the United States is peculiar to western New York. The walls of cobblestone buildings were built of small stones, known as cobbles, which were formed from larger rocks broken by glaciers and ground smooth as they were carries below the moving ice. The cobbles were carefully laid in horizontal courses, with the stones projecting beyond the mortar joints, and square cut red of gray stone quoins at the exterior courses.

It is likely that cobblestone buildings such as this pumphouse were built by masons, many of them from England, who came to the area to build the locks and aqueducts of the Erie Canal. This building is about 15 feet square and a story and a half high. The walls are build of fieldstones of different sizes, shapes and colors, laid three courses to each quoin height.

The practice of building quoins or large square stones into the external corners of masonry walls is very old. Often, the body of the walls was built of small stones or brick, and the quoins were used to strengthen
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
2. Cobblestone Pumphouse at Fishers Station Marker
Northward. The right marker.
the corners and stabilize the appearance of the mass. Early in the cobblestone era the sizes of the quoins became established at approximately 12" high, 18" long and from 4" to 6" thick. Possibly this standardization came about by the establishment of local stone quarries.

The use of flat convex "V"-shaped horizontal and vertical joints make the cobblestones project slightly from the wall. In sunlight each rounded stone will have a highlighted and shaded area and will also cast a shadow.

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J. Sheldon Fisher, great-grandson of Charles Fisher and long-time Ontario County Historian led efforts for nearly 30 years to prevent the railroad from demolishing the pumphouse. He prevailed upon the vice president of the NYC Central Railroad to not demolish the pumphouse in 1937.

This cobblestone pumphouse is one of 22 major cobblestone structures built in the Town of Victor. Fourteen of the cobblestone buildings survive today. This pumphouse was built in 1845 by Charles Fisher (after whom the hamlet was named).It housed a waterwheel which worked pumps to provide water for wood burning locomotives.

J. Sheldon Fisher (right) and Edward Hungerford, Vice President of the New York Central Railroad, in front of the pumphouse in 1938.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location.
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 26, 2018
3. Cobblestone Pumphouse
Southward. The back of the marker is behind the Fishers marker. The Auburn Trail is at right. It is the former railroad ROW.
43° 0.52′ N, 77° 28.033′ W. Marker is in Victor, New York, in Ontario County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street Fishers (County Route 42) and Mill Street. Marker is by the Auburn Trail, behind the Post Office. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7315 Main Street Fishers, Victor NY 14564, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New York Central Station at Main Street Fishers (here, next to this marker); Auburn Trail Location Map (here, next to this marker); Pumphouse (a few steps from this marker); Fishers (a few steps from this marker); Fisher Homestead (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pabos (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Sgt. Amos Woodin (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victor.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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