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Albion in Orleans County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hitching Posts

Historic Albion

 
 
Hitching Posts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 9, 2014
1. Hitching Posts Marker
Inscription. Hitching posts were the parking spaces of the pre-automobile era, and Albion and the 14411 zip code still has many of them, perhaps more of these historic relics from the horse-and-buggy era than anywhere else.
We have about 40 of the hitching posts in Albion and Gaines. Many are by the side of the road in front of cobblestone and other historic homes in the community.
We also have an impressive collection of carriage steps and mounting blocks that were used to climb in and out of the horse-drawn carriages and sleighs. Many of these blocks bear the names of prominent families from the 1800s.

Albion and Gaines benefitted from a superior building material Medina Sandstone. The stone was an abundant resource locally, and skilled stone cutters turned many of these hitching posts into works of art.
The Albion community grew quickly after the Erie Canal opened in 1825. The downtown district emerged and livery stables, blacksmith shops, hitching posts and watering troughs lined Main Street.

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A hitching post stands in front of a cobblestone home on Zig Zag Road in Albion.
The mounting block 1878 was moved from a torn-down house on East State Street next to the Free Methodist Church to this spot. The hitching posts are former property markers. Residents donated money to have rings made and
Hitching Posts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 9, 2014
2. Hitching Posts Marker
Northward on NY 98.
attached to four hitching posts that were added to the downtown in 2014.
There are several hitching posts at the Cobblestone Society Museum, including this one in front of the harness shop just south of the intersection of routes 98 and 104.
A carriage step remains on East State Street in front of one of the many historic homes in the community.
Panel design by Lake Country Pennysaver. Photos and text by Tom Rivers. C.W. Lattin, consultant.
 
Erected 2014 by NYS Main Street.
 
Location. 43° 14.799′ N, 78° 11.616′ W. Marker is in Albion, New York, in Orleans County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (New York State Route 98) and East State Street, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is just north of the intersection past the First Presbyterian Church and south of a municipal parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Albion NY 14411, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Irish, English, Italian and Polish Immigrants (a few steps from this marker); Swan Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Orleans County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Free Methodist
Hitching Posts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 9, 2014
3. Hitching Posts Marker
Southward on NY 98.
(about 400 feet away); Christ Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); First United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); John Cunneen 1848-1907 (about 600 feet away); In Sacred Memory (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albion.
 
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Hitching Post and Carriage Mount image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 9, 2014
4. Hitching Post and Carriage Mount
Next to the marker.
Hitching Posts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 9, 2014
5. Hitching Posts Marker
First Presbyterian Church at the intersection; marker is to the left of the church.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 18, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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