“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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William G. Pomeroy Foundation Legends & Lore Series Historical Markers

This series is intended for markers in the Pomeroy Foundation's Legends & Lore marker series that describe traditional customs, tales, sayings, dances or art forms of a community shared by word of mouth or observation.
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A Hairy Legend Marker
1New York (Allegany County), Canaseraga — 36 — A Hairy Legend — Legends & Lore
First sighted Aug 18, 1926 hairy women of Klipnocky, once young girls, inhabit this forest, waiting for their parents' return. — Map (db m127569) HM
2New York (Chenango County), Pitcher — 45 — Pink Hill Legend
Zella Droff was murdered in 1870s by husband for attending dances here at former Pitcher Hotel. Her ghost returns to travelers on Pink Hill Road. — Map (db m146667) HM
3New York (Clinton County), Plattsburgh — 55 — Champy
Legendary lake monster lives here. Over 300 sightings reported since 1819. Up to 200 feet long. NYS Law protects this regional icon. — Map (db m136671) HM
4New York (Columbia County), Hudson — 9 — Spook Rock — Legends & Lore
Beautiful Indian maiden and her lover from opposing nation rests beneath this rock. When church bell rings, rock turns over, lovers appear. — Map (db m129044) HM
5New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — 19 — Ichabod Crane — Legends & Lore
Washington Irving based the character Ichabod Crane in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Kinderhook school teacher Jesse Merwin. — Map (db m118567) HM
6New York (Cortland County), Homer — 50 — David Harum
Home of legendary folk character from 1898 novel & 1934 Will Rogers movie. Based on David Hannum who lived here 1867-1892. — Map (db m154505) HM
7New York (Erie County), Buffalo — 6 — Job's Last Stand — Legends & Lore
Near here, Job Hoisington gave his life when he held the enemy & allowed Hull's militia to escape Buffalo's burning. Dec. 30, 1813. — Map (db m129080) HM
8New York (Erie County), West Seneca — 27 — "Old Shep" — Legends and Lore
Hermit of Leydecker Road William Sheppard CA. 1840-1933. Was thought to be an outlaw of Jesse James' Gang. Roamed town as a scissors grinder. — Map (db m111417) HM
9New York (Genesee County), Bergen — 3 — Dr. M. Townsend — Legends & Lore
Saved life of Adelaide Richmond by performing appendectomy. Drove horses so hard answering call one died on the way. Ca 1885. — Map (db m151543) HM
10New York (Genesee County), Bethany — 8 — Rolling Hills — Legends & Lore
Legends & Lore Rolling Hills This asylum is a nationally known center of supernatural activity. Spirits believed to still roam grounds crossing between this world and next — Map (db m140629) HM
11New York (Livingston County), Geneseo — 11 — Phantom Indian of Conesus Lake — Legends & Lore
Promoted by Colonel S. Tooey Appearing by moonlight in canoe calling for help Tales still shared today — Map (db m129046) HM
12New York (Madison County), Cazenovia — 14 — Crazy Luce — Legends & Lore
Lucy Dutton, Lived ca. 1795 near Cazenovia Lake. Jilted by man who wed her sister. Went mad and wandered Madison County for 30 years. — Map (db m143881) HM
13New York (Madison County), Morrisville — 53 — The Loomis Gang — Legends & Lore
The Loomis Gang burned courthouse in 1864 to prevent their trial, but first cut fire hoses here. No culprit found. One of many tales involving gang. — Map (db m145681) HM
14New York (Madison County), West Edmeston — 21 — Gorton Turtle — Legends & Lore
As Tom Dorsey cleared land his wagon load of huge rocks couldn't be moved by horses. A giant turtle surfaced and dragged wagon into the lake. — Map (db m129043) HM
15New York (Montgomery County), Amsterdam — 44 — Widow Susan Road — Legends & Lore
Legend of Susan DeGraff, widow of Harmanus, died 1848. Passersby see her crying Ghost Searching for husband's grave. — Map (db m152466) HM
16New York (Montgomery County), Charleston — 12 — Amos Clayton — 1875-1942 — Legends & Lore —
AKA "Amy" or Island Hermit. Peddler Who Walked Great Distances, Danced For Pennies. Inspired Many Local Tales — Map (db m101679) HM
17New York (Onondaga County), Manlius — 28 — Pompey Stone — Legends & Lore
1800s prank believed true. Engraved "Leo de L'N VI 1520" as memorial for 1500s explorer. Found 1820 near this site. 1894 hoax revealed. — Map (db m129020) HM
18New York (Onondaga County), Skaneateles — 15 — Benjamin C. Cook — Legends & Lore
Native of Mottville NY Civil War veteran who suggested flags to decorate graves, honoring both Union and Confederate soldiers — Map (db m129024) HM
19New York (Onondaga County), Syracuse — 34 — Thirteen Curves — Legends & Lore
Along this route a woman in white searches for her groom. Both died on their wedding night in the early 1900s while driving the 13 curves. — Map (db m129018) HM
20New York (Orange County), Goshen — 22 — Claudius Smith — Legends & Lore
Reputed Tory marauder hanged nearby in 1779. His skull believed embedded in masonry over front door of this 1841 courthouse. New York Folklore Society William G. Pomeroy Foundation • 2016 • 22Map (db m135999) HM
21New York (Orange County), Goshen — 35 — George Washington — Legends & Lore
During the American Revolution Washington stopped to chat with the children here at this old stone schoolhouse on his way to Newburgh. — Map (db m129019) HM
22New York (Orange County), Huguenot — 4 — Painted Aprons — Legends & Lore
Black Rock School attacked by Brant's raiders, 1779. Girls spared as aprons marked with emblem signaling raiders not to harm them. — Map (db m129078) HM
23New York (Orange County), Sparrowbush — 24 — Cahoonzie — Legends & Lore
Hamlet named for Chief Cahoonzie or Cahoonshee buried nearby ca. 1750. Last of his tribe to live here. Wise leader, stood 7 ft tall. — Map (db m129022) HM
24New York (Rensselaer County), Hoosick Falls — 47 — Natty Bumppo
In this burial ground lies Nathaniel Shipman, the inspiration for James Fenimore Cooper's famous "Natty Bumppo” character. — Map (db m147932) HM
25New York (Saratoga County), Corinth — 40 — Bill Greenfield
Lumberjack & folk hero whose tall tales described exploits. Among feats, used cedar trees as stilts in 1850s to help catch fish on Palmer Falls. — Map (db m144969) HM
26New York (Saratoga County), Quaker Springs — 18 — Quaker Springs
Local lore states mineral springs found here used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes — Map (db m144968) HM
27New York (Schenectady County), Duanesburg — 26 — Esperance Witch — Legends & Lore
Lived Near Here In 1800s. French Settler Accused Of Witchcraft By New England Settlers. Killed By Silver Bullet Shot Through Her Window — Map (db m109404) HM
28New York (Schenectady County), Duanesburg — 16 — Michael Righter — Legends & Lore —
Michael Righter 1718-1804 Buried Here First Permanent Settler of Duanesburg Who Lived In Small Cave Near Here ca 1765 Before Building a Log Cabin — Map (db m109359) HM
29New York (Suffolk County), Brentwood — 5 — Red Owl Legend — Legends & Lore
In 1877, Charles A. Codman met Indian spirit in form of an owl. His kind act toward the spirit is why the Hermitage of the Red Owl. — Map (db m143385) HM
30New York (Suffolk County), Fort Salonga — 64 — Richard Smith — Legends & Lore —
Richard Smith Rested here during his legendary bull ride. Lunched on bread and cheese giving valley and road their names. — Map (db m148340) HM
31New York (Suffolk County), Lake Ronkonkoma — 17 — Indian Princess — Legends & Lore
of Lake Ronkonkoma. Legend says she claims one male each year by drowning to be with her at bottom of lake as she seeks her true love. — Map (db m147179) HM
32New York (Suffolk County), Orient — 1 — Mile Marker #30 — Legend & Lore
According to local legend, Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin set milestones in 1755 that mark the Post Road from here to Riverhead — Map (db m129079) HM
33New York (Suffolk County), Smithtown — Smith's Bull Ride — Legends & Lore
Smith's Bull Ride Town Limits Determined By Distance of One Day Ride. Land was Gift of Montauk Chief For Assistance In Return of Kidnapped Daughter. New York Folklore. William G. Pomeroy Foundation 2019 — Map (db m147620) HM
34New York (Suffolk County), Wheatley Heights — 13 — Jacob Conklin — Legends & Lore
Legend says after sailing with pirate Captain Kidd in 1690's, Conklin built home here in 1710. House destroyed by fire in 1918. — Map (db m133222) HM
35New York (Washington County), Shushan — 38 — Shushan Postmaster
A streamer fishing fly created in 1953 by Lew Oatman as a tribute to Al Prindle, Shushan's postmaster & a muse of Norman Rockwell. — Map (db m159529) HM
36New York (Wayne County), Sodus — 2 — Underground RR — Legends & Lore
Believed to have been underground railroad safe house ca 1846. Original owners Elizabeth and John Preston were known abolitionists. — Map (db m129077) HM
37New York (Westchester County), Ossining — 10 — The Leatherman — Legends & Lore
For no known reason from 1883 to 1889 he trod a 365 mile loop every 34 days between NY and CT clad in 60 lbs of leather. — Map (db m127580) HM
38North Carolina (Macon County), Highlands — 49 — Moccasin War — Legends & Lore
Moonshiners from Georgia laid siege to Highlands near here in 1885 to free arrested men. War ended peacefully with a threat and a prayer. — Map (db m156232) HM
39West Virginia (Greenbrier County), Hickory Grove — 65 — The Pavilion — Legends & Lore
Site of Blue Sulphur Springs Resort 1835-1858. Water from spring said to have healing powers. Known as early settler campground & Buffalo Lick. — Map (db m159703) HM
40West Virginia (Jefferson County), Middleway — 77 — Wizard Clip
After the 1794 death of a stranger at Livingston Farm, mysterious noises & clippings of garments frightened Middleway residents for years. — Map (db m157722) HM
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Nov. 26, 2020