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Peru in Clinton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Peru’s First Settler

 
 
Peru’s First Settler Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, July 13, 2019
1. Peru’s First Settler Marker
Inscription.  William Hay, a Scotsman, was Peru's first settler. He built his house in this vicinity in 1772. Hay had a friendly relationship with Benedict Arnold and witnessed the "Battle of Valcour.” The town's first marriage was between Hay's daughter, Maby, and Lott Elmore.
 
Erected 2017 by Town of Peru.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1772.
 
Location. 44° 37.11′ N, 73° 26.732′ W. Marker is in Peru, New York, in Clinton County. Marker is on U.S. 9, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Peru NY 12972, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Valcour Bay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Valcour (about 300 feet away); Sax House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Possession House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Blast Furnace (approx. 0.7 miles away); Friswell Patent (approx. ¾ mile away); Gilliland Homestead (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Valcour (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peru.
 
Peru’s First Settler Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, July 13, 2019
2. Peru’s First Settler Marker
The marker is at the entrance to a state boat launch for Lake Champlain. This is a particularly nice one with a view of a lighthouse, Revolutionary War battle site, and of course, the lake itself and always a nice breeze.
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Valcour Island Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, July 13, 2019
3. Valcour Island Lighthouse
Light is visible from this boat launch.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 14, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   2. submitted on July 13, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   3. submitted on July 14, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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