Ontario in Wayne County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Alanson was credited with inventing the differential, a device which allowed one wheel to turn faster than the other wheel. His mowing machine could turn corners smoothly without losing power or dragging the outside wheel. This was before the development of the automobile and he lost interest in the invention so he sold the patent for the invention for $16.00. Alanson also invented a pump system to bring water from the lake to the cistern in the basement. The small back room by the basement stairs had a dry sink and a pump to bring the water upstairs.
Alanson and Catherine's son, John Albright Warner, was born in Ontario on August 12, 1835, the third of eleven children. He was educated in Walworth and Macedon Academies and was a carpenter for 33 years. He also owned a 97 acre farm, with 15 acres of orchard and six acres of berries. A granddaughter remembers visiting the house and describing the fruit drying operations.
The one story house was built in 1838. It was a simple two room structure built from used materials and had a loft. Around 1868 the two story addition was added. The family was more prosperous and larger.
It was originally located at the intersection of Furnace Road and Lake Road. It cost $20,000 to move the house.
In July 1991, the house was donated to the Historical Society by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hollingsworth.
Erected by Heritage Square Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
Location. 43° 15.424′ N, 77° 18.405′ W. Marker is in Ontario, New York, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from Ontario Center Road ¼ mile south of Brick Church Road. Marker and house are on the grounds of the Heritage Square Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7147 Ontario Center Road, Ontario NY 14519, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Apple Dry House (within shouting distance of this marker); Crombe Exhibit Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of Ontario Timeline (within shouting distance of this marker); "Hojack" Train Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Baptist Meeting House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heritage Corners (about 400 feet away); Log Cabin (about 400 feet away); Davis Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ontario.
Also see . . . Heritage Square Museum. (Submitted on May 6, 2021, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2021, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 6, 2021, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.