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Historical Markers in Montezuma, New York
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A Landmark and Pride in Our Community. The Town on Montezuma purchased the lot and is restoring it for it [sic] significance to the town's history. Volunteers helped clear the site and in a community effort has [sic] taken the important first step . . . — — Map (db m83561) HM
Revolutionary soldier, Col.
in War of 1812, surveyor,
engineer salt maker.
Settled here in 1811 — — Map (db m159213) HM
Early Aqueduct This towpath leads to the Richmond Aqueduct built 1849 second largest aqueduct carrying Erie Canal waters over the Seneca River. — — Map (db m83562) HM
Early Cemetery Old Montezuma Cemetery Revolutionary War veteran Richard Damewood buried here 1850. Served at seige of British at Yorktown. — — Map (db m83546) HM
First Methodist Episcopal Church Inc. 1825 with John Gilmore, Wm. Bell & James Weston, Trustees. Adjoining cemetery in use by 1813. — — Map (db m83525) HM
Montezuma Named from the Aztec emperors. Town formed from Mentz in 1859. Village incorporated in 1866. — — Map (db m83538) HM
In 1828, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal opened in Montezuma allowing transportation of people and goods into the Finger Lakes and beyond by connecting with the Erie Canal at this site. The Exchange Hotel provided lodging for travelers and was the center of . . . — — Map (db m83560) HM
Old Erie Canal Completed from Utica to here 1819. The "Montezuma" built here was the first boat on the canal. Took passengers to Syracuse 1820. — — Map (db m83542) HM
Opened in 1828 Cayuga Seneca Canal Extended navigation of the Erie Canal to Finger Lakes Site of crossover bridge and Exchange Hotel — — Map (db m83547) HM
Peter Clarke buried in this
cemetery 1858. Early settler
prominent in salt industry,
Erie Canal and
Montezuma Turnpike. — — Map (db m132725) HM
Chief supply for Indians.
Later extensively developed
by early settlers privately
and with state aid. — — Map (db m182278) HM
Seneca River Crossing
Canals Historic District
has been placed on the National Register of
Historic Places in 2005
by the United States
Department of the Interior — — Map (db m159215) HM
Aboriginal name for
"Paradise of Musquitoes."
The river was Tiohero
"River of Rushes" — — Map (db m159212) HM
Dec. 9, 2023