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H.G. Hotchkiss/Hotchkiss Essential Oils

 
 
H.G. Hotchkiss/Hotchkiss Essential Oils Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 21, 2018
1. H.G. Hotchkiss/Hotchkiss Essential Oils Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  
Hotchkiss Essential Oils

Essential Oil- an oil is essential in that it carries a distinctive scent or essence of a plant

PEPPERMINT - a hybrid plant which is a cross between watermint and spearmint used to make oil: sometimes regarded as "the world''s oldest medicine", used in tea, foods, gum and dentistry

SPEARMINT - a species of mint used to make oil, products include: mixed drinks, tea, tooth- paste, gum, shampoos, soaps and confections

WINTERGREEN - a plant containing methyl salicylate and used in an oil for flavoring mouth washes, liniments, pesticides: although not a true mint, it is used in gum, candy and root beer

OIL OF BIRCH - the bark of a birch tree which when pulverized gives a sweet, sharp, minty and fresh aroma similar to wintergreen; used in skin care products, massage oil, men''s perfumes

SASSAFRAS - an essential oil used in perfumes, soaps, food essence and medicinal purposes

PENNYROYAL - an American mint which produces an oil used in folk medicine and as a pesticide for mosquitoes

WORMWOOD - an herb that produces a dark green to brown bitter oil used
H.G. Hotchkiss/Hotchkiss Essential Oils Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 21, 2018
2. H.G. Hotchkiss/Hotchkiss Essential Oils Marker
This is a small marker generally behind the Peppermint Museum, as shown. It is on the north side of the Erie Barge Canal along the Erie Canalway Trail.
as a flavoring in liquors and a medicine to expel insestinal worms.

You are now standing in front of a sample of the Mints of Hotchkiss [not seen]. Please Touch and Smell!

H.G. Hotchkiss

At one time H.G. Hotchkiss, founder of the Hotchkiss Essential Oil company, was called the "Peppermint King", his great-granddaughter Anne recalls. The company he founded in this Upstate New York Village of Lyons was, during his reign, responsible for about one third of the annual production of peppermint oil in the world in 1860. The herb was grown extensively in fields around Lyons, and the canallers claimed that they could tell when they were approaching the village by the smell of peppermint in the air.
 
Location. 43° 3.759′ N, 76° 59.794′ W. Marker is in Lyons, New York, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from Leach Road 0.1 miles south of Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 95 Water Street, Lyons NY 14489, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Enlarged Erie Canal Lock 55 (here, next to this marker); G. Winston Dobbins Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); H.G. Hotchkiss Peppermint Mural (within shouting distance of this marker); H.G. Hotchkiss (within shouting distance of this marker); Naming of Lyons (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First School (about 700 feet away); Wayne County Historical Society (about 700 feet away); Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lyons.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 23, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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