Near Cohocton in Steuben County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Historic New York
After the Revolution these lands were included in the Pulteney Purchase of one million acres acquired by a group of English speculators. Their agent Charles Williamson in 1793 founded Bath, which was planned as a trading center connected by water with the Susquehanna River and Baltimore, A frontier metropolis with mills, hotels, a newspaper, theatre and racetrack, it was overbuilt at a cost of one million dollars. Settlement did not keep pace with these improvements and in 1802 Williamson withdrew.
In the nineteenth century the tide of transportation moved north and westward. Wayland was a principal stage-coach stop on the Elmira-Buffalo Turnpike. Dansville near the headwaters of the valley was linked by canal to the Genesee River flowing northward.
Dansville became a health resort in 1858 with a sanitarium known for its food fads and water cure. In 1881, Clara Baron, a patient at the sanitarium, founded the American Red Cross. The defunct sanitarium was reopened in 1929, with emphasis on physical culture.
Erected 1963 by State of New York Education Department & Department of Public Works.
Marker series. Historic New York marker series.
Location. 42° 29.337′ N, 77° 29.401′ W. Marker is near Cohocton, New York, in Steuben County. Marker can be reached from South Main Street (New York State Route 415) 0.4 miles south of Mill Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located at the north end of rest area accessible from the either direction of traffic on South Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Cohocton NY 14826, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Naples (approx. 9 miles away); First Church (approx. 10.6 miles away); Memorial - Canesque, Chief of the Senecas (approx. 10.6 miles away); a different marker also named Naples (approx. 10.6 miles away); Gallows Hill (approx. 13½ miles away); Bath Theatre (approx. 13.7 miles away); Pioneer Burial Ground (approx. 13.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Charles Williamson: The Pulteney Estates in the Genesee Lands by John H. Martin. (Submitted on June 28, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. A History of Cohocton by Kera Sauerbier Sprague. (Submitted on June 28, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. History and Archives of Steuben County by James D. Folts. (Submitted on June 28, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.