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Moravia in Cayuga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Judge Wood House

Judge Wood House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Day, September 5//2022
1. Judge Wood House Marker
Judge Wood taught law to a young Millard Fillmore, who became our 13th president.
Built 1812. Judge Walter Wood
Co-founder Cayuga Academy
1801. First Judge Cayuga County
1810-17. Taught Pres. Fillmore
Law 1819-21, while living here.

Erected 2005 by New York State Dept. Of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1812.
Location. 42° 42.889′ N, 76° 24.446′ W. Marker is in Moravia, New York, in Cayuga County. Marker is at the intersection of New York State Route 38A and Dresserville Road, on the right when traveling north on State Route 38A. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moravia NY 13118, 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. The First Cast Iron Plow (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Soldier Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Town of Moravia (approx. 0.7 miles away); World War Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); John Stoyell (approx. ¾ mile away);
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Cady Tavern (approx. 0.8 miles away); Oldest House in Moravia (approx. 0.9 miles away); Owasco Flats (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moravia.
More about this marker. Some maps show the site is in the old hamlet of Montville, just northeast of the Village of Moravia.
Regarding Judge Wood House. Back in the early 1800s in rural America there were limited options available to learn a trade or profession, except under the tutelage of an existing professional. Millard Fillmore was a young man from this area who was born into and grew up in poverty but had a passion for learning. He studied law under Judge Wood at this house, went on to be a successful lawyer and politician in Buffalo, NY, was elected to the NY State Assembly in 1828 and eventually became the 13th President of the U.S.
Judge Wood House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Day, September 5, 2022
2. Judge Wood House and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2022, by Larry Day of Locke, New York. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2022, by Larry Day of Locke, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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