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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Oswego, 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 (80) Cayuga County, NY (234) Jefferson County, NY (160) Lewis County, NY (18) Madison County, NY (87) Oneida County, NY (196) Onondaga County, NY (234)  OswegoCounty(80) Oswego County (80)  CayugaCounty(234) Cayuga County (234)  JeffersonCounty(160) Jefferson County (160)  LewisCounty(18) Lewis County (18)  MadisonCounty(87) Madison County (87)  OneidaCounty(196) Oneida County (196)  OnondagaCounty(234) Onondaga County (234)
Oswego is the county seat for Oswego County
Oswego is in Oswego County
      Oswego County (80)  
      Cayuga County (234)  
      Jefferson County (160)  
      Lewis County (18)  
      Madison County (87)  
      Oneida County (196)  
      Onondaga County (234)  
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1 New York, Oswego County, Oswego — 12 Unknown Revolutionary Soldiers
. . . Map (db m75817) HM
2 New 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
3 New 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
4 New 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
5 New 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
6 New 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
7 New 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
8 New 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
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9 New 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
10 New 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
11 New 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
12 New 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
13 New 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
14 New 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
15 New 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
16 New 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
17 New 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
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18 New 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
19 New 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
20 New 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
21 New 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
22 New 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
23 New 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
24 New 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
25 New 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
26 New 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
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27 New 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
28 New 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
29 New 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
30 New 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
31 New 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
32 New 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
33 New 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
34 New 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
35 New 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
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36 New 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
37 New 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
38 New 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
39 New 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
40 New 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
41 New 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
42 New 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
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Apr. 20, 2024