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West Edmeston in Madison County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gorton Turtle

Legends & Lore

 
 
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July 15, 2017
1. Gorton Turtle Marker
Inscription.  As Tom Dorsey cleared land his wagon load of huge rocks couldn't be moved by horses. A giant turtle surfaced and dragged wagon into the lake.
 
Erected 2016 by William G. Pomeroy Foundation. (Marker Number 21.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation Legends & Lore Series marker series.
 
Location. 42° 51.738′ N, 75° 21.005′ W. Marker is in West Edmeston, New York, in Madison County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3226 Gorton Lake Road West, West Edmeston NY 13485, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birth Place of George Eastman (approx. 5 miles away); Everett Holmes (approx. 5.4 miles away); Locust Lodge (approx. 6.1 miles away); Craine Brothers (approx. 6.6 miles away); Ira & Joe Walker Blacksmith Shop 1798 (approx. 8.1 miles away); 1/4 Mile To Historic Carr Farm (approx. 9.2 miles away); Deansboro Depot
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(approx. 9.9 miles away); Town of Paris Great War Memorial (approx. 10.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Edmeston.
 
Regarding Gorton Turtle. The story goes that Irishman Tom Dorsey was clearing large rocks from the land to plant a garden. He was using a lumber wagon led by a team of horses, but it was unable to be moved so he let the wagon sit for several weeks. One day Dorsey was sitting on his front porch when a gigantic turtle emerged from Gorton Lake and dragged the wagon into the lake. Local Brookfield NY storyteller Geneva “Aunt Neva” Watson shared the old tale during an interview with writer George W. Walters for a book called “Chips and Shavings.”
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2019, by Deryn Pomeroy of Syracuse, New York. This page has been viewed 84 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 23, 2019, by Deryn Pomeroy of Syracuse, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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