Painted Post Memorial
During the Colonial period the valleys of the Chemung River tributaries comprised the domain of the Senecas. This unit of the Iroquois Confederacy was called a door of the Six Nations through which passed communications with the west & the south.
The Border Wars brought the White Man into this region. Visitors to this area during the American Revolution found on this site an oak post which was square to a height of 4 feet & then octagonal to the top. The surface was painted red & decorated with 28 black figures without any heads & 30 black figures with heads on. Numerous allusions to the painted post regarded it as a memorial to a fallen chieftain, a marker for assemblies, & a war post around which dances were held.
The original post endowed this place with a name which will endure as long as recorded history. By 1808 the first namesake had disintegrated & a fitting substitute was deemed necessary. In 1824 Capt. Samuel Erwin commissioned John Wygant to fashion a symbol for the site of the painted post. This memorial was carved from sheet iron & depicted an Indian tribesman attired in head dress, jacket & leggings. For half a century
In 1880 a second sheet iron Indian was erected at the southeast corner of Water & Hamilton Streets. This life size figure represented a chief dressed in a red jacket & buckskin trousers & equipped with a bow & tomahawk. The warrior was attached to the top of a tapered octagonal post which was 18 feet high & painted red. This symbol served as a landmark for 4 decades. A later memorial supplanted this figure which was removed after W. War 1.
In the summer of 1893 a subscription was circulated for the construction of a stone monument surmounted by the metal replica of an Indian chief. This memorial was dedicated June 21, 1894. The purposes for which it was erected were inscribed on its face:
preserve its traditions
and honor the memory of
its early settlers"
On Nov. 20, 1948 a violent wind toppled the chief from his pedestal & shattered the figure. At a town meeting held Apr. 7, 1949 citizens of the Village of Painted Post & Town of Erwin approved a proposal to replace the damaged monument. This memorial was modeled by Norman B. Phelps and erected in 1950 by popular subscription to commemorate the founding of Painted Post & to preserve for posterity the traditions of its heritage.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village of Painted Post Comeback '72 Urban Renewal Project (here, next to this marker); Treaty of Painted Post (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Baptist Church of Painted Post (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Routes of the Armies of General John Sullivan and General James Clinton (about 600 feet away); World War Memorial Park (about 600 feet away); Benjamin Patterson Inn (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Southern Tier Roller Mills (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Painted Post.
Also see . . . Why Painted Post?. (Submitted on November 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 29, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.