Conesville in Schoharie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Right in the Heart of New York State
— Town of Conesville —
More than 150 years ago, a New York City newspaperman – in describing a treacherous and breathtaking stagecoach ride through Conesville - reported that he could not be bribed to repeat the journey but for one thing: "the scenery, Sir, the scenery!" Today, the scenery is just as beautiful as it was then.
Conesville was first settled in 1764, as Dies's Manor. In 1801, the Susquehanna Turnpike was established through the town. The turnpike became one of the major roads to the west, linking Catskill and Unadilla. In fact, Conesville was formerly known as Stone Bridge, because of the "handsome stone bridge of one arch” crected in 1815 as part of the turnpike.
The county line in Conesville- between Schoharie and Greene Counties - follows the peaks that mark the beginning of the Catskills, so it's not surprising that the County's highest mountains are in Conesville. One of the most spectacular attractions in the town is Manorkill Falls, just west of West Conesville on Route 990V. The Manorkill Creek flows westward through the valley, dropping into the Schoharie Reservoir in a beautiful cascade of waterfalls.
In its early history, agriculture was the primary industry in the town. Hay, corn and many other crops were cultivated, but the thin soils of the hill farms eventually became unproductive.
Many families moved to Nebraska in the late 1800s, and those that remained turned to other occupations.
Right Photo: Manorkill Falls
Left Photo: Richtmyer Tavern is one of Schoharie County's oldest buildings. It was originally built in 1789.
Erected by Schoharie County, Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 42° 22.86′ N, 74° 25.85′ W. Marker is in Conesville, New York, in Schoharie County. Marker is at the intersection of New York State Route 990V and Prattsville Road (County Route 39), on the right when traveling east on State Route 990V. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gilboa NY 12076, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gilboa Settlement (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Schoharie County (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Gilboa Fossils (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Schoharie County (approx. 2.7 miles away); Town of Conesville War Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); Stone Bridge (approx. 2.8 miles away); Cabin of John More (approx. 3˝ miles away); Reformed Church (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Conesville.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.