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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Oswego County, New York

Clickable Map of Oswego County, New York and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Oswego County, NY (78) Cayuga County, NY (169) Jefferson County, NY (137) Lewis County, NY (16) Madison County, NY (76) Oneida County, NY (187) Onondaga County, NY (178)  OswegoCounty(78) Oswego County (78)  CayugaCounty(169) Cayuga County (169)  JeffersonCounty(137) Jefferson County (137)  LewisCounty(16) Lewis County (16)  MadisonCounty(76) Madison County (76)  OneidaCounty(187) Oneida County (187)  OnondagaCounty(178) Onondaga County (178)
Adjacent to Oswego County, New York
    Cayuga County (169)
    Jefferson County (137)
    Lewis County (16)
    Madison County (76)
    Oneida County (187)
    Onondaga County (178)
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1New York (Oswego County), Bernhards Bay — John Bernhard
First settler near this spot John Bernhard made first settlement in Bernhard’s Bay 1795Map (db m75813) HM
2New York (Oswego County), Bernhards Bay — St. Leger’s Army
Over this water route St. Leger’s Army passed to invest Fort Stanwix July 29 1777Map (db m75812) HM
3New York (Oswego County), Brewerton — Fort Brewerton
Fort Brewerton Original earthworks of fort erected by British in 1759 Map (db m84165) HM
4New York (Oswego County), Brewerton — Near This SpotSamuel de Champlain
Near this spot Samuel de Champlain on October 8, 1615 crossed the river and discovered Oneida Lake Map (db m84162) HM
5New York (Oswego County), Brewerton — Oliver Stevens
First settler near this spot Oliver Stevens made first settlement in Brewerton and Oswego County, 1789Map (db m84110) HM
6New York (Oswego County), Brewerton — Oliver Stevens
↢ A few rods south Oliver Stevens 1st settler in Brewerton erected a blockhouse 1794 Map (db m84164) HM
7New York (Oswego County), Central Square — Centralization
Central Square School Centralization On June 8, 1944, 40 schools in the Oneida Lake area combined to form the current Central Square School District. Map (db m84168) HM
8New York (Oswego County), Cleveland — Kempwyk
Home of Francis Adrian Van der Kemp 1793Map (db m75899) HM
9New York (Oswego County), Constantia — Frenchman’s Island
Camp site of Van Schaick’s expedition on return from attack on Onondaga April 22, 1779.Map (db m75814) HM
10New York (Oswego County), Constantia — Trinity Episcopal Church
Erected 1831, 24 acres and building donated by Frederick W. Scriba.Map (db m75897) HM
11New York (Oswego County), Lacona — 485 — Blount Lumber
Built factory here in 1894 to produce furniture parts, millwork & other wood products from local timber. Closed in 1992.Map (db m132666) HM
12New York (Oswego County), Mexico — Silas Towne
Revolutionary hero here overheard plans of St. Leger's Army whereby patriots saved Ft. Stanwix & won Battle of OriskanyMap (db m97112) HM
13New York (Oswego County), Mexico — Starr Clark Tin ShopUnderground Railroad Heritage Trail
Starr Clark was eulogized by Reverend M.D. Kinney as a man who believed in "impartial justice for all men, without regard to condition or color." Clark arrived in Mexico in 1832 and quickly became active in the abolitionist community. He . . . Map (db m75704) HM
14New York (Oswego County), New Haven — 287 — Audrey Munson
1891-1996. Heralded as world's most famous model in early 20th century. Posed for many sculptures and civic monuments. Buried here.Map (db m133164) HM
15New York (Oswego County), New Haven — 359 — Historic Church
Formed June 30, 1817 as Presbyterian Church. Oswego County Anti-Slavery Society met here February 21, 1839. Map (db m132730) HM
16New York (Oswego County), New Haven — M-60A1 Patton Tank
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17New York (Oswego County), Oswego — 12 Unknown Revolutionary Soldiers
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18New York (Oswego County), Oswego — African Troops at Fort Ontario
Revolutionary War (1775-1783) Over 5,000 African Americans served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. About half of the Rhode Island regiment consisted of free blacks and escaped slaves. In February 1783, . . . Map (db m86080) HM
19New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Age of Iron HorsesThe Railroad Arrives
The railroad overtook the river and canal as the major mode of transport to and from the interior. The river banks and waterfront were dominated by tracks, bridges, and coal trestles. Coal, grain, lumber, and people now moved through the city by . . . Map (db m86356) HM
20New York (Oswego County), Oswego — 502 — Asa Rice
Revolutionary War veteran arrived here with his family October 1797. Founded first settlement in Oswego Town, known as Union Village.Map (db m132661) HM
21New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Bicentennial Peace GardenOswego
Near this site, on May 5-7, 1814, British naval forces entered Oswego Harbor and conducted an amphibious assault on Fort Ontario and the Village of Oswego. Lieutenant Colonel George Mitchell, commanding 290 men of the 3rd U.S. Artillery Regiment and . . . Map (db m86211) HM
22New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Birthplace Dr. Mary Edwards Walker
Birthplace Dr. Mary Edwards Walker 1832-1919 Medal of Honor For Service in the Civil WarMap (db m48678) HM
23New York (Oswego County), Oswego — British InvasionThe Battle of Oswego — War of 1812 —
Site of British Attacks on Fort Ontario, May 5-7, 1814 After enduring a heavy bombardment by a British fleet under the command of Sir James Yeo, and repelling an amphibious assault on May 5, 1814, 290 men of the 3rd U.S. Artillery and 200 . . . Map (db m75816) HM
24New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Corporal Harry C. Adriance U.S.M.C.-Oswego, NY
Inscription on monument: Corporal Harry C. Adriance, U.S.M.C., Oswego, NY. Medal of Honor-Tientsin China 1900.Map (db m136038) WM
25New York (Oswego County), Oswego — 483 — Dempster Grove
Camp Meeting Association incorporated Feb 1876 large religious, temperance and missionary meetings were held hereMap (db m132665) HM
26New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Dr. Mary Walker
Dr, Mary Walker Born in Oswego Town, Walker was an assistant surgeon in the Civil War. She was the first woman honored with a Medal of Honor. 1832-1919. Map (db m109202) HM WM
27New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Early ShippingA Natural Port for Commerce and Conflict
The river access to the lake made Oswego a natural hub for commerce, as well as a place to transfer goods, travelers, and armies from river and land carriers to lake vessels. Many of the vessels were built here. Through the centuries the type of . . . Map (db m86370) HM
28New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Fort George
Fort George Was here built as an outwork of Fort Oswego in October 1755 by Lieutenant Colonel Mercer of the first American regiment of English troops. It was garrisoned by 150 New York Colonial Militia under Colonel . . . Map (db m75348) HM
29New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Fort Ontario
Fort Ontario Built by English under Governor Shirley 1755 Captured & destroyed by French under Marquis of Montcalm 1756 Rebuilt by English under Lord Amherst 1759 Destroyed by Americans 1778 - Rebuilt by English 1782 . . . Map (db m75343) HM
30New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Fort Ontario State Historic Site
The British fort was the base for Loyalist- Native American raids throughout New York and the starting point of General St. Leger’s aborted 1777 invasion. Revolutionary War Heritage TrailMap (db m75815) HM
31New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Fort Oswego
This tablet marks the site of Fort Oswego sometimes called Fort Burnet, Chouaguen, or Pepperrell. Built in 1727 by Governor Burnet, strengthened and enlarged in 1755 by General Shirley - garrisoned by 1700 royal and colonial troops, . . . Map (db m75339) HM
32New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Fort Oswego
This is the site of the former Fort Oswego, a "stone house of strength," built by the British in 1727 to protect their fur-trading interests on the Great Lakes. Strengthened by the addition of outer walls and blockhouses around 1742, Fort Oswego was . . . Map (db m75342) HM
33New York (Oswego County), Oswego — From the Hearth of America Come the Heart of America
This hearth is dedicated to the women and children of all races who lived and died on the colonial frontier. It was built by their grateful descendants in the bicentennial year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy Six. Where they . . . Map (db m75982) HM
34New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Holocaust Survivors
From 1944 – 1946 Fort Ontario served as a haven for 982 survivors of the European holocaust. Erected October 25, 1981 by Syracuse Pioneer Women/NA’AMAT and the Jewish community of central New YorkMap (db m75980) HM
35New York (Oswego County), Oswego — LT-5 TUGMajor Elisha K. Henson — A National Historic Landmark —
The LT-5 is an ocean going harbor tug, built in 1943 at the Jakobsen Shipyard. Oyster Bay, New York, specifically to serve in the European Invasion. Serving under the United States Army Transportation Corps, she was one of the many support vessels . . . Map (db m118551) HM WM
36New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Mary E WalkerMedal of Honor
Mary E Walker Medal of Honor Surgeon 52 Ohio Infantry Civil War 1832 - 1919Map (db m86079) WM
37New York (Oswego County), Oswego — 297 — On This Site
Richardson Theater 1895-1945 hosted movies, concerts, civic events. Built by local attorney & entrepreneur Maxwell B. Richardson.Map (db m133048) HM
38New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Open Water = Winter BirdsDucks, Gulls, and Predators — Natural History —
Food and Shelter The mouth of the river and harbor provide waterfowl and waterbirds an environment sheltered from the winter gales of Lake Ontario. The breakwalls serve as resting places for the gulls where any approaching predator . . . Map (db m75427) HM
39New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Oswego HarborA Changing Panorama
The Oswego Harbor has attracted settlement since the first exploreres found the river to be a good access to interior resources. Since then activities have increased, but their focus has changed. Recent Times< Recreational activities are . . . Map (db m118550) HM
40New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Oswego Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse
Over the years, Oswego has been the site of four lighthouses. The first lighthouse was built in 1821 on the grounds of Fort Ontario and discontinued in 1838. After the completion of the West Harbor Pier in 1836 (running west to east from Third . . . Map (db m75350) HM
41New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Oswego West Side FortsAn Early French Target — French and Indian War —
British Toehold on Lake Ontario During the French and Indian War, the Oswego River was the only British controlled waterway into the Great Lakes. French commander-in-chief, the Marquis de Montcalm, recognizing its strategic . . . Map (db m75356) HM
42New York (Oswego County), Oswego — People of the RiverThe People Who Led the Way
The thriving port city of Oswego was founded by and attracted many ambitious and heroic people. Leaders of industry and social causes lived here and left their mark on the city. You can still visit some of their works by touring the city streets . . . Map (db m86292) HM
43New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Prideaux's CampaignA Long Route to Victory — French and Indian War —
Camp, Row, Camp Campaigns in the North American wilderness required extensive planning and massive manpower to reach the objective safely and successfully. For Prideaux's army, the distance from Fort Stanwix to Fort Niagara . . . Map (db m75670) HM
44New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Revolutionary War Patriots Monument
To perpetuate the memory of the men and women who gave their lives, their services, their fortunes, to achieve and maintain American independence. by Fort Oswego Chapter NSDAR Dedicated August 17, 1976Map (db m75893) HM
45New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Richardson - Bates House MuseumA Victorian Showcase — Pursuit of Culture —
Max Richardson lived in an era called the Victorian Period (when England's Queen Victoria ruled over the British Empire), when wealthy people were traveling to exotic places, collecting art and cultural artifacts, reading, and socializing. . . . Map (db m86574) HM
46New York (Oswego County), Oswego — River IndustriesA Place of Industry
Oswego offered close proximity to raw materials from the interior, a water route to markets of the world, and water power. These assets caused the river banks to become lined with factories, warehouses, and storage buildings. Materials were . . . Map (db m86315) HM
47New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Rural Cemetery
Rural Cemetery Begun ca. 1820 Medal of Honor Recipients Dr. Mary Walker, 1st Female Recipient, and James H. Lee Interred at this SiteMap (db m86027) HM
48New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Seaway TrailOswego Riverside Attractions
Oswego Riverside Attractions West Side Attractions 1. West Pierhead Lighthouse 2. H. Lee White Marine Museum 3. Port of Oswego Authority West Terminal 4. U.S. Coast Guard Station 5. Wright's Landing Marina 6. . . . Map (db m86289) HM
49New York (Oswego County), Oswego — The Fur TradeA Fur Trading Post
Bountiful fur-bearing animals provided the foundation for a robust fur trading business between European explorers and the Native American inhabitants of the Oswego River corridor. The Native Americans camped and established seasonal trading . . . Map (db m86380) HM
50New York (Oswego County), Oswego — The O & W Railroad Pedestrian Promenade and Bikeway
New York, Ontario, & Western Station circa 1900. The passenger and freight office for the New York, Ontario, & Western Railroad, which was located on the corner of East Bridge Street and 3rd Streets. The train seen here, New York Central & Hudson . . . Map (db m86601) HM
51New York (Oswego County), Oswego — The O & W Railroad Pedestrian Promenade and Bikeway
Text on the east side of marker: The O & W Railroad Promenade and Bikeway was constructed in 2000-2001 and is named for the New York, Ontario and Western Railroad which served Oswego from 1880 to 1957. The O & W, as it came to be known, . . . Map (db m86610) HM
52New York (Oswego County), Oswego — The O&W Railroad
The O&W Railroad Launched 1866 as New York & Oswego Midland, the New York, Ontario & Western ran to Weehawken, New Jersey, from here until 1957.Map (db m86030) HM
53New York (Oswego County), Oswego — The Oswego CanalA Great Canal
Dewitt Clinton dreamed of "a Great Canal" to solve the problem of access to the natural resources of the mid-west. Of the two routes considered - a canal across the state to Buffalo and a canal to Lake Ontario at Oswego - the Buffalo proposal won at . . . Map (db m86367) HM
54New York (Oswego County), Oswego — The Post Cemetery
Dedicated on July 1, 1906, Fort Ontario’s post cemetery contains the graves of 77 British and American soldiers, as well as some of their wives, mothers, and children. The original cemetery was established 300 yards southeast of the fort in 1759 . . . Map (db m75891) HM
55New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Those Buried At Fort Ontario
Although the majority of those buried in the post cemetery were enlisted men who died of sudden or protracted illness, several stones mark the graves of career retired soldiers, such as Sergeant John S. Trowell, who died later in life. The . . . Map (db m75892) HM
56New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Underground Station
Site of Underground Station Home of Daniel & Miriam Pease 1818-1847 Fugitive Slaves Sheltered Here For Safe Passage to FreedomMap (db m86024) HM
57New York (Oswego County), Oswego — War for EmpireA Fight for Control
Oswego was a strategic spot in many military campaigns. Control of the river, an important military route, changed many times. The loss of Oswego in August, 1756 was viewed as a triumph by the French and as a national misfortune by the English as . . . Map (db m86373) HM
58New York (Oswego County), Oswego — Wreck of the David W. Mills19th Century Cargo Vessel — Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario —
Grounded! The David W. Mills, a cargo vessel that was part of a vast commercial shipping industry on the Great Lakes, played an important role in the industrial development of the north American interior. The Mills ran . . . Map (db m75416) HM
59New York (Oswego County), Pennellville — 1809 State Road
Later Plank Road, passed through Roosevelt hamlet, founded by Nicholas J. RooseveltMap (db m75894) HM
60New York (Oswego County), Pennellville — Roosevelt Church
Erected 1858 by Seventh-Day Adventists. New York conference organized here in 1862. Hiram Edson, Adventist pioneer, rests in this cemetery.Map (db m75896) HM
61New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Casimir Pulaski
Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski Born — A Polish Nobleman — 1748 Died — An American Soldier Patriot — 1779 He Gave To The United States Of America During Its Struggle For Freedom In The Revolutionary War His . . . Map (db m109094) WM
62New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — John HolmesDied March 2nd 1854 — Aged 70 Years —
Founder of HolmesvilleMap (db m141402) HM
63New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Pioneer Settlers
This Tablet Is Placed To Honor The Memory Of The Pioneer Settlers And Founders Of This Village By The Monday Historical Club 1910 Map (db m109091) HM
64New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Pulaski Court House
County Of Oswego Pulaski Court House Dedicated In The Name Of H. Douglas Barclay New York State Senator 1965 - 1984Map (db m109122) HM
65New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Pulaski Historic District
Pulaski Historic District From Drill Field to Village Core Village Timeline 2000   Log Cabin Motel burned in area of first log cabin. 1983   Historic District formed. 1887   First Long Bridge erected. 1882-1901   Eighteen of the 23 . . . Map (db m109092) HM
66New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Pulaski Korea Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Korea Vietnam Veterans Memorial Remember Them Well Dedicated Memorial Day 1990Map (db m109128) WM
67New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Pulaski Revolutionary Heroes Memorial
. . . Map (db m109125) WM
68New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Pulaski World War II Veterans Memorial
World War II Veterans Memorial In Memory Of Those Who Served Dedicated Memorial Day 1991Map (db m109127) WM
69New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Richland and Pulaski Civil War Soldiers Monument
In honor of the soldiers and sailors of the town of Richland who nobly defended the UnionMap (db m16057) HM
70New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Richland World War I Monument
1917     1918 In Honor Of The Residents Of The Town Of Richland Who Served In The World War Earl D. Ames · Ashton W. Avery · Charles A. Balcon · Rolon C. Balcon · James B. Barnard · W. Taylor Barr · Lawrence M. Bateman · Edward H. Bennett · . . . Map (db m109203) WM
71New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Salmon River
Salmon River Heh-Hah-Walter-Gah (where swim the sweet fish – Iroquois) A Histoy of Use and Misuse 2000 1998  First return of adult Atlantic Salmon. 1997   Natural reproduction of Chinook Salmon documented. 1996   Minimum flow . . . Map (db m109131) HM
72New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Samuel De Champlain
West of here on lake shore Champlain with French and Hurons landed, Oct. 1615 on his expedition against Iroquois.Map (db m16051) HM
73New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Selkirk Lighthouse
Selkirk Lighthouse has been placed on the National Register Of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior Built 1838Map (db m51909) HM
74New York (Oswego County), Pulaski — Site of Log Tavern
Built in 1804 by Benjamin Winch. First white settler in RichlandMap (db m143183) HM
75New York (Oswego County), Scriba — Commanding the ForcesThe Men in Charge — War of 1812 —
A Diverse Group The war effort was lead by distinguished men on both sides whose effectiveness at their jobs varied, but the impacts of their campaigns on border communities were dramatic. Their ranks and commands changed . . . Map (db m75723) HM
76New York (Oswego County), Scriba — Curtis F. Shoup
First Plaque: Posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, Curtis F. Shoup is the symbol of all those from the town of Scriba who have served in the wars of the United States. Second Plaque: . . . Map (db m75407) WM
77New York (Oswego County), Scriba — Log House
Site of the first Log House in Scriba. Built 1804 by Major Hill Stone temporary hospital for wounded soldiers 1814Map (db m75385) HM
78New York (Oswego County), Williamstown — Jerome I Case1819-1891
Born near here Pioneer builder of power farm machineryMap (db m143185) HM
Apr. 16, 2021