Northville in Fulton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
History of Ray Hubbell
The return of the Chimney Swifts was a huge event in Northville, gathering people from all around to witness the birds return home. The Swifts returned to the Hubble Glove Factory chimney around May 6th from the Amazon where they spend their winters. The Factory was built in 1880 by Stephen Acker, although the factory was owned by Ray Hubbell and James Cole. The swifts fly over 5000 miles to come here for breeding season, and the date they come back to the chimney is surprisingly the same day Ray Hubbell''s son, Frank Hubbell, was born. The factory that Ray Hubbell owned burned down in 1890 and was then rebuilt with the tall chimney that the Swifts would soon call home. The new factory burned down again in 1918. This made the chimney vacant and the Swifts then used it as their home. When the Chimney Swifts arrived in Northville they would spend about 15 weeks here. After people started taking notice of the Chimney Swifts it became a celebration held each year since 1958. Every year people would watch as the Swifts would circle around the chimney and then dive into it for the night. Due to structural problems with the chimney, it was taken down in 2013 and the Swifts were
Migratory Patterns of Chimney Swifts
Chimney Swifts are one of the many types of birds that are considered long-distance migrators. During summer months they migrate to the East Coast of the United States to breed. In the winter, the Swifts live in North Western South America. Chimney Swifts are almost constantly flying. They even bathe in the air, plunging down into the water then launch back up into the sky while shaking the water off their bodies. The only time they are not flying is when they are roosting at night. Chimney Swifts rest vertically on cave walls, hallowed out trees, cliff faces, and chimneys.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Environment • Man-Made Features. A significant historical date for this entry is May 6, 1854.
Location. 43° 13.301′ N, 74° 10.131′ W. Marker is in Northville, New York, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Northville NY 12134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Settler (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Cemetery (about 700 feet away); The Spillway (approx. 0.2 miles away); James A. Cole Block (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Fry Block (approx. 0.3 miles away); 5 & 10 Cent Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); Northville War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lee Anibal's Law Office (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northville.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 25, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.