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Sodus in Wayne County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cobblestone Architecture

Sodus Area Cobblestones

 

—Architecture of the Coast —

 
Cobblestone Architecture Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 7, 2014
1. Cobblestone Architecture Marker
Inscription. Why Build With Stone? Glaciers blessed this area with an abundance of stones. Farmers who picked them from their fields recognized their utility as a sturdy, fireproof, free building material that required no painting. An influx of masons working on the Erie Canal provided the expertise needed to build the structures, and soon it became the fashion in the area to build with cobblestones.

Early buildings were masonry throughout. In some later buildings, the stones were used as veneer over a wood structural frame.

Some buildings used uniformly shaped sandstone quions on the corners, others used limestone in a more random pattern.

Some buildings used uniform lake cobbles, others used fieldstones, roughly sorted. Patterns became more elaborate as the style evolved.

Lintels, structural units spanning openings, were often cut from large slabs of sandstone or limestone. In others cases [sic] several stone pieces were fit together in an arch. Still others used wood for lintels.

Cobblestones in the Town of Sodus [map] •Represents the location of a cobblestone structure. Most of these properties are private. Please respect thee rights of property owners.

The glacial history of the Seaway Trail landscape provided a valuable building material.

Seaway Trail, Inc. Corner
Marker at Right as Seen From Lake Road - Eastbound. image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 7, 2014
2. Marker at Right as Seen From Lake Road - Eastbound.
Ray & West Main St., Sackets Harbor, NY 13685. 1-800-SEAWAY-T. This exhibit made possible by a grant from FHWA to Seaway Trail, Inc.
 
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
 
Location. 43° 15.875′ N, 77° 1.516′ W. Marker is in Sodus, New York, in Wayne County. Marker is on Lake Road (County Route 101) 0.1 miles west of Halcus Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at a parking area for Salmon Creek fishermen on the south side of Lake Road. Marker cannot be seen westbound. Marker is in this post office area: Sodus NY 14551, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Sodus Point Coal Trestle (approx. 1.7 miles away); Big Sodus Light (approx. 2.1 miles away); British Raids (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of 1825 Keeper's Dwelling House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of the Original Sodus Bay Lighthouse (approx. 2.1 miles away); A French Inspired Flotilla (approx. 2.3 miles away); Underground Railroad Terminus (approx. 7.3 miles away); The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Lake Road and Marker as Seen From Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, November 7, 2014
3. Lake Road and Marker as Seen From Parking Lot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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