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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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1 Alabama, Baldwin County, Spanish Fort — 70 — Legendary Oaks — Legends & Lore
Courts met under "Jury Oak" early 1800s. Judge presided while sitting on tree limb. Public executions held at nearby "hanging tree".Map (db m221963) HM
2 Alabama, Coffee County, Kinston — 124 — Grancer's Ghost — Legends & Lore —
Sounds of a fiddle and tapping feet can be heard near the grave of Grancer Harrison, buried in his dancing shoes in 1860.Map (db m228451) HM
3 Alabama, Escambia County, Atmore — 129 — Railroad Bill — Legends & Lore —
Immortalized in folksongs, outlaw Morris Slater robbed L&N trains, gave to poor, long evading capture. Killed near here in 1896.Map (db m191630) HM
4 Alabama, Lawrence County, Hatton — 86 — Trickem — Legends & Lore —
A saloon and its whiskey -“Tricky Trickum Stuff"- purportedly inspired area's name in 1850s. After 1882 adopted more dignified Hatton.Map (db m180451) HM
5 Alabama, Lawrence County, Mount Hope — 150 — Lawson Hubbard — Legends & Lore
Ca. 1875-1947. Faith healer. Fortune teller and finder of lost things. His yard filled every Sunday with seekers from near and far. Buried here.Map (db m239806) HM
6 Louisiana, Acadia Parish, Church Point — 113 — Iry LeJeune — Legends & Lore —
English Side Eminent Cajun artist who helped return accordion to prominence in the music of Louisiana. Born near Church Point in 1928. French Side Musicien Cadien c้l่bre, n้ pr่s de Pointe-de-L'้glise en 1928. Il a contribu้ เ l'importance . . . Map (db m244454) HM
7 Louisiana, Beauregard Parish, Merryville — 68 — Leather Britches — Legends & Lore
Alias of Charles Smith sharpshooting outlaw who fought in 1912 Grabow Labor Riot. Killed during ambush. Buried face down.Map (db m222844) HM
8 Louisiana, St. Landry Parish, Eunice — 87 — Dennis McGee — 1893-1989 — Legends & Lore —
Among first to record Cajun music, bridging old and new tunes, styles and dances influencing generations. French side Un des premiers เ enregistrer la musique Cadienne. Son melange de styles influence encore les artisted des nos jours.Map (db m175143) HM
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9 Louisiana, St. Landry Parish, Eunice — 88 — Johnson's Grocery — Legends & Lore
English Original site of Arnestor Johnson's Dry Goods Store. Said to be the first to sell Cajun boudin in the 1940s. A south Louisiana delicacy. French Le premier site du Magasin de Grosserie D'Arnestor Johnson, soi-disant le premier . . . Map (db m180945) HM
10 New 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
11 New York, Cayuga County, Niles — 137 — New Hope Named — Legends & Lore
Town of Sodom was renamed in 1823 by man who climbed the ridgepole of the gristmill, christened it with whiskey, said village had new hope.Map (db m246510) HM
12 New York, Chenango County, Pitcher — 45 — Pink Hill Legend — Legends & Lore —
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
13 New York, Clinton County, Plattsburgh — 55 — Champy — Legends & Lore — Reported missing
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
14 New 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
15 New 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
16 New York, Cortland County, Homer — 50 — David Harum — Legends & Lore —
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
17 New York, Cortland County, Homer — 41 — Rhoda Beebe — Legends & Lore
Lived solo in a lean-to six wintry weeks 1791-1792 subsisting on roots & bark until men returned with provisions from Windsor, NYMap (db m227319) HM
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18 New York, Erie County, Buffalo, Front Park — 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 m224565) HM
19 New York, Erie County, West Seneca — 27 — "Old Shep" — Legends & 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
20 New York, Erie County, West Seneca — 119 — Kau-Qua-Tau — Legends & Lore —
Seneca woman executed for witchcraft in 1821. Her spirit blamed for ghostly disturbances in cabin once on this site.Map (db m182856) HM
21 New 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
22 New York, Genesee County, Bethany — 8 — Rolling Hills — Legends & Lore —
This asylum is a nationally known center of supernatural activity. Spirits believed to still roam grounds crossing between this world and nextMap (db m140629) HM
23 New 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
24 New York, Madison County, Cazenovia — 14 — Crazy Luce — Legends & Lore — Reported missing
Lucy Dutton, Lived ca. 1795 near Cazenovia Lake. Jilted by man who wed her sister. Went mad and wandered Madison County for 30 yearsMap (db m223704) HM
25 New 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
26 New 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
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27 New York, Monroe County, Irondequoit — 144 — The White Lady — Legends & Lore
Grieving woman's ghost and her wolf-like hounds appear in the night mist searching this roadside for her lost daughter.Map (db m230501) HM
28 New 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
29 New 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
30 New 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
31 New 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 soldiersMap (db m129024) HM
32 New 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
33 New 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.Map (db m135999) HM
34 New 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
35 New 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
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36 New 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
37 New York, Otsego County, Fly Creek — 98 — Amelia Earhart — Legends & Lore —
The famed aviatrix boarded here in August 1924 while giving flying lessons in Frankfort. She read to Arrie Hecox under an apple tree.Map (db m206146) HM
38 New York, Otsego County, Fly Creek — 43 — Natty Bumppo — Legends & Lore —
David Shipman, Ca. 1729-1813 Burial site of local hunter known by & inspiration for James Fenimore Cooper's literary character.Map (db m164041) HM
39 New York, Otsego County, Oaksville — 32 — Cattown Road — Legends & Lore —
Husband dropped a cat down chimney of house to break up a long meeting his wife was attending as his supper was late.Map (db m168368) HM
40 New York, Otsego County, Richfield Springs — 46 — Adam Helmer’s Run
Crossed Rt 20 near here warning German Flatts of pending attack by Joseph Brant’s loyalist and native forces Sept 17, 1778Map (db m169365) HM
41 New York, Rensselaer County, Hoosick Falls — 47 — Natty Bumppo — Legends & Lore —
In this burial ground lies Nathaniel Shipman, the inspiration for James Fenimore Cooper's famous "Natty Bumppo” character.Map (db m147932) HM
42 New York, Saratoga County, Corinth — 40 — Bill Greenfield — Legends & Lore —
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
43 New York, Saratoga County, Quaker Springs — 18 — Quaker Springs — Legends & Lore —
Local lore states mineral springs found here used by Native Americans for medicinal purposesMap (db m144968) HM
44 New 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
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45 New 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
46 New York, St. Lawrence County, Richville — 940 — Harlow Godard — 1804-1886
Abolitionist & member of NY State Assembly. Town Justice of the Peace ca. 1834-1881. Lived here 1868-1886.Map (db m208528) HM
47 New 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 home became the Hermitage of the Red Owl.Map (db m143385) HM
48 New 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
49 New York, Suffolk County, Lake Ronkonkoma — 17 — Indian Princess — of Lake Ronkonkoma — Legends & Lore —
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 m213358) HM
50 New York, Suffolk County, Orient, North Fork — 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 RiverheadMap (db m129079) HM
51 New York, Suffolk County, Smithtown — 61 — Smith's Bull Ride — Legends & Lore —
Town Limits Determined By Distance of One Day Ride. Land was Gift of Montauk Chief For Assistance In Return of Kidnapped Daughter.Map (db m147620) HM
52 New 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
53 New York, Washington County, Shushan — 38 — Shushan Postmaster — Legends & Lore —
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
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54 New 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
55 New York, Westchester County, Briarcliff Manor, Scarborough — 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
56 New York, Westchester County, Sleepy Hollow — 63 — Headless Horseman — Legends & Lore —
Tethers His Horse Nightly Among Graves In This Churchyard According To The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Author Washington IrvingMap (db m234448) HM
57 North Carolina, Alexander County, Hiddenite — 111 — “Diamond Jim” — Legends & Lore —
In 1914 James Paul Lucas, diamond trader, eccentric, and world traveler, settled at this mansion and kept his collection of curiosities.Map (db m210424) HM
58 North Carolina, Beaufort County, Washington — 105 — Hull Anderson — Legends & Lore —
In 1830 talented shipwright and freed slave Hull Anderson built a prosperous shipyard three blocks west of here, before moving to Liberia.Map (db m224083) HM
59 North Carolina, Beaufort County, Washington — 141 — Jack's Creek — Legends & Lore
Though officially names Windmill Creek, waterway is better known by a name of African American man who lived by early Windmill.Map (db m226307) HM
60 North Carolina, Beaufort County, Washington — 140 — Trigger's Climb — Legends & Lore —
When Roy Rogers performed at the Turnage Theater, he rode his horse Trigger up the steep stairs into the auditorium.Map (db m224073) HM
61 North Carolina, Guilford County, Jamestown — 153 — Lydia's Bridge — Legends & Lore —
Since the 1920s, apparition of a young woman has been seen hitchhiking here, only to disappear when drivers come to her aid.Map (db m234028) HM
62 North 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
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63 North Carolina, Pitt County, Fountain — 133 — Herbs & Healing — Legends & Lore
Emma Dupree 1897-1996, renowned for her remedies made from homegrown plants, lived one block east.Map (db m226805) HM
64 North Carolina, Randolph County, Franklinville — 58 — Faith Rock — Legends & Lore —
In 1782, captured by Col. Fanning & loyalists, Andrew Hunter escaped by riding his mare down this steep bluff and jumping into Deep River.Map (db m233999) HM
65 North Carolina, Randolph County, Randleman — 48 — Naomi Wise — Legends & Lore —
Drowned in Deep River by her lover in 1807. Became subject of well-known North Carolina ballad bearing her name.Map (db m172043) HM
66 Pennsylvania, Cumberland County, Carlisle — 101 — Hot-Chee Dogs — Legends & Lore
Chili-Cheese hot dogs beloved by locals and first served by Greek immigrant Charles Kollas at the Hamilton Restaurant CA. 1938.Map (db m202092) HM
67 Vermont, Bennington County, Manchester, Manchester Center — 94 — Manchester Vampire — Legends & Lore
Thought to be a vampire Rachel Burton was exhumed and burned around 1792 at Jacob Mead's Forge. Her grave lies east of here.Map (db m203081) HM
68 West Virginia, Barbour County, Philippi — 97 — Philippi Mummies — Legends & Lore
In 1888 Graham Hamrick mummified human cadavers using formula unrevealed to this day. Mummies traveled the world; now reside here.Map (db m211802) HM
69 West Virginia, Greenbrier County, Alderson — 62 — Alderson Lion
"French" raised here 1890-1894 adopted from traveling circus. Roamed free until frightening salesman who jumped in river. Lions must now be leashed.Map (db m210993) HM
70 West 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
71 West Virginia, Greenbrier County, Ronceverte — 127 — Bread Tradition
Appalachian women make salt rising bread without yeast. First known recipe from Rena Scott of Ronceverte, dated 1778.Map (db m210991) HM
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72 West Virginia, Jefferson County, Kearneysville — 77 — Wizard Clip — Legends & Lore —
After the 1794 death of a stranger at Livingston Farm, mysterious noises & clippings of garments frightened Middleway residents for years.Map (db m157722) HM
73 West Virginia, Marion County, Fairmont — 56 — Johnnie Johnson — Legends & Lore —
1924-2005, Fairmont native. Rock & Roll pioneer who helped define early genre. Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.Map (db m174887) HM
74 West Virginia, Marion County, Fairmont — 57 — Pepperoni Roll — Legends & Lore
West Virginia delicacy created by Italian families in Fairmont to feed local coal miners. Variants now popular statewide.Map (db m172336) HM
75 West Virginia, Mingo County, Matewan — 78 — Sid Hatfield — Legends & Lore
Known for flashy gold teeth "Smilin' Sid" fought for miners in Battle of Matewan. His 1921 murder sparked the Battle of Blair Mountain.Map (db m164956) HM
76 West Virginia, Raleigh County, Beckley — 81 — Ferguson Rock — Legends & Lore —
In 1814 an injured young man thrown and abandoned by his horse on Piney Creek purportedly carved his own tombstone awaiting death.Map (db m177144) HM
77 West Virginia, Summers County, Talcott — 59 — John Henry — "The Steel Driving Man" — Legends & Lore —
African American whose epic battle against steam drill made him a legend among the working class.Map (db m224564) HM
 
 
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Jun. 23, 2024