The Finger Lakes
Historic New York
A main village of the Seneca Indians was Kanadasaga, now Geneva, while Cayugas occupied the region to the east. In retaliation for raids by Iroquois Indians on the New York frontier during the American Revolution, the Sullivan Clinton Expedition of 1779 devastated these Indian villages. Veterans of the campaign returned to the area, and the eastern portion was included in the Military Tract, land set aside as a bounty to former soldiers. The western Finger Lakes area was part of the Phelps-Gorham Purchase. Settlement started in 1787 and increased rapidly after 1790.
The construction of feeder canals linking the lakes to the Erie Canal after 1830 stimulated agricultural and industrial development. The advantages of soil and climate make the region of the central Finger Lakes ideal for growing grapes for champagne and other fine wines.
Erected by Education Department, State of New York & the NYS Thruway Authority.
Location. 42° 57.53′ N, 76° 55.065′ W. Marker is in Waterloo, New York, in Seneca County. Marker can be reached from NYS Thruway - Junius Ponds Rest Area. Touch for map. Every rest are on the NYS Thruway has one of these plaques. They cannot be seen from the Thruway, but if you park, you can read it at your leisure. Marker is in this post office area: Clyde NY 14433, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early History of Waterloo (approx. 4.3 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 4½ miles away); Skoi-Yase (approx. 4½ miles away); Celebrating 100 Years of High School Education in Waterloo (approx. 4½ miles away); War Memorial (approx. 4½ miles away); a different marker also named War Memorial (approx. 4½ miles away); Sampson Naval Training Station Veterans (approx. 4½ miles away); Memorial Day (approx. 4½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waterloo.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 370 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2012, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.