Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Chaumont in Jefferson County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chaumont

 
 
Chaumont Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2010
1. Chaumont Marker
Inscription.  At the behest of Benjamin Franklin at the French Court, Count Jacque LeRay de Chaumont loaned large sums of money to the revolutionary cause. This included three fully equipped warships for Commodore John Paul Jones’ Fleet.

Between 1797 and 1817 the Count’s son, James, purchased tracts of land and most of what is now Jefferson County.

In 1802 a plot of land was surveyed and named Chaumont in honor of our benefactors French estates. In 1874 Chaumont was incorporated into a village.

Researched by Stacey Williams
Erected Memorial Day 1998

 
Erected 1998.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1797.
 
Location. 44° 4.017′ N, 76° 7.78′ W. Marker is in Chaumont, New York, in Jefferson County. Marker is on East Main Street (State Highway 12E) east of Madison Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located beside the walkway, at the south end of the Chaumont Memorial Park, on the north side of Main Street, adjacent to the
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
Chaumont Post Office. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chaumont NY 13622, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. French Cath. Church (approx. 6.9 miles away); Madison Barracks (approx. 8 miles away); Fort Pike (approx. 8 miles away); Fort Volunteer (approx. 8 miles away); President James Monroe (approx. 8 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Pike (approx. 8 miles away); Polo Field (approx. 8 miles away); Semper Fidelis (approx. 8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is 3-foot tall polished and engraved granite slab.
 
Regarding Chaumont. Chaumont Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1990)
 
Also see . . .
1. Chaumont, New York. The village is named for Jacques-Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont, son of Benjamin Franklin's landlord and friend at Passy in France. In 1750, Jacque LeRay bought the Chaumont castle (named from the Old French for "bald hill", and built in two periods around 1500) in the Loire Valley of France. His son, known as James Leray or James Leray Chaumont, traveled to the United States and later settled in New York. (Submitted on December 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Chaumont Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2010
2. Chaumont Marker (tall view)
 

2. Chaumont Historic District National Register of Historic Places Nomination #90001336. The district includes 33 contributing buildings. District boundaries encompass 23 residences, one commercial building, one fraternal building, one church, and 15 associated outbuildings and objects. The district runs along Main Street, roughly between Washington and Church Streets. (Submitted on December 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Jacques-Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont. Jacques-Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont was one of the wealthiest and most powerful aristocrats in all of France. He made a fortune in shipping and, in 1750, he acquired the Château de Chaumont as a country home. He served King Louis XVI at the Court at Versailles as the Governor of Les Invalides in Paris and the Grand Master of Waters and Lands of Blois. Sympathetic to the American cause for independence, he used his powerful position to act as intermediary between the King and the American representatives. In addition to swaying the King and the powerful administrators of the French government, Le Ray provided a fully staffed mansion for Benjamin Franklin and his family. Le Ray's support for the American cause also involved having his shipyards refit a merchant vessel into a warship that he then gifted to America under the name USS Bonhomme Richard for use by Captain John Paul Jones. (Submitted on December 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Chaumont Marker (<i>wide view looking north through Chaumont Memorial Park</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2010
3. Chaumont Marker (wide view looking north through Chaumont Memorial Park)
 
 
U.S. Post Office, Chaumont, New York (<i>located just east of marker, on Main Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 8, 2010
4. U.S. Post Office, Chaumont, New York (located just east of marker, on Main Street)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 239 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr
m=127899

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
This website earns income from purchases you make after using our links to Amazon.com. We appreciate your support.
Paid Advertisement
Jun. 20, 2024