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Manlius in Onondaga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pompey Stone

Legends & Lore

 
 
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1. Pompey Stone Marker
Inscription.  1800s prank believed true. Engraved "Leo de L'N VI 1520" as memorial for 1500s explorer. Found 1820 near this site. 1894 hoax revealed.
 
Erected 2017 by William G. Pomeroy Foundation and New York Folklore Society. (Marker Number 28.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation Legends & Lore Series marker series.
 
Location. 42° 56.373′ N, 75° 58.477′ W. Marker is in Manlius, New York, in Onondaga County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3482 Watervale Road, Syracuse NY 13204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Temperance House (approx. 3.8 miles away); On-On-Da-Ga (approx. 5.3 miles away); Early Cemetery (approx. 5.3 miles away); Cazenovia (approx. 5.4 miles away); Timothy Jerome (approx. 6.1 miles away); Rounds Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away); Fayetteville (approx. 6.4 miles away); Grover Cleveland (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Pompey Stone. The story behind the Pompey Stone spans
Pompey Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Pompey Stone Marker
nearly two centuries. In 1820, a local farmer Philo Cleveland reported finding the Stone when clearing his fields. The Stone, which is engraved “Leo De L’N VI 1520,” was believed for many years to be an authentic artifact from a Spanish explorer. In 1894, there were claims that two local men had doctored it in a blacksmith shop in nearby Oran, NY. The relic’s authenticity immediately fell into question and there’s been various stories about the hoax ever since. The field where the stone was found continues to be farmed to this day.
 
Categories. Anthropology & Archaeology
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2019, by Deryn Pomeroy of Syracuse, New York. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 23, 2019, by Deryn Pomeroy of Syracuse, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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