Charleston in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Schoharie Creek At Burtonville
The name Schoharie is derived from an Indian word To-Was-Sho-Hor meaning "drift wood" and is descriptive of the river's tendency to carry along and deposit trees and other objects during times of high water. The valley, formed through the actions of Pleistocene (ice age) glaciers and continuous water erosion, is composed primarily of sedimentary shale and limestone. This rock, unique to eastern and southeastern New York State can be found throughout the Schoharie Valley in the form of shale cliffs and escarpments. Another unique geological characteristic of the Schoharie region is the flat horizontal span of shale bedrock referred to locally as a dance floor. Polished smooth by the action of glaciers, and example of dance floors can be seen here over the north side of the lower bridge.
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The first bridge across the creek was erected at Burtonville in 1790. A later covered wooden bridge was destroyed by flooding in 1814. This flood also destroyed the mill which had been erected by Judah Burton in 1785.
Burtonville today is a quiet residential hamlet. The creek here is used for recreation (predominantly fishing and swimming) and is known for its clear waters and abundant wildlife. The village supports fire and emergency medical services as well as the environmental and community cultural organization, the Schoharie River Center.
Built in 1857, the former Methodist Church is now the Schoharie River Center. It was one of two churches in Burtonville, having at one time 90 members.
In the late 18th and through most of the 19th century this community was a booming area with a tannery, saw mill, grist mill, carding machine and fulling mill, nail factory, woolen factory, sash and blind factory. Hay forks and light wagons were also made in Burtonville. Stone mill foundations are visible along this side of the creek to the right.
The Schoharie River Center, a non-profit organization, thanks the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council for the Arts, for support for this sign. Appreciation also goes to the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor Commission for their assistance.
Erected by Decentralization Program of the New York State Council for the Arts & the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 42° 48.334′ N, 74° 15.552′ W. Marker is in Charleston, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Burtonville Road (County Route 127), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2025 Burtonville Road, Esperance NY 12066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 milesMill Stones (within shouting distance of this marker); Grist Mill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Amos Clayton (about 400 feet away); Burton House (about 400 feet away); Eatons Corners Post Office & Store (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tory Tree Site (approx. 0.8 miles away); County Line Meeting House (approx. one mile away); Baptist Church (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Also see . . . Schoharie River Center - Environmental Study Team. (Submitted on February 26, 2014, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Additional keywords. Burtonsville
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 26, 2014, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 585 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 26, 2014, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.