“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.
Railroad Bill Marker can be seen on the extreme right. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, February 6, 2022
Railroad Bill Marker can be seen on the extreme right.
1Alabama (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
2Alabama (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
3Louisiana (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 m175160) HM
4Louisiana (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 ΰ enregistrer la musique Cadienne. Son melange de styles influence encore les artisted des nos jours.Map (db m175143) HM
5Louisiana (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
6New 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
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7New 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
8New York (Clinton County), Plattsburgh — 55 — Champy — Legends & Lore —
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
9New 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
10New 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
11New 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
12New 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
13New 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
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14New 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
15New 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
16New 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
17New 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
18New 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
19New 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
20New 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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21New 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
22New 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
23New 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
24New 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
25New 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
26New 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
27New 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
28New 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
29New 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
30New 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
31New 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
32New 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
33New 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
34New 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
35New 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
36New 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
37New 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
38New 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
39New 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 m147179) HM
40New 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 RiverheadMap (db m129079) HM
41New 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
42New 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
43New 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
44New 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
45New 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
46New 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 m170057) HM
47North 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
48North 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
49North 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
50Vermont (Bennington County), Manchester — 94 — Legends & Lore - Manchester Vampire
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
51West 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
52West 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
53West 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
54West 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
55West 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
56West 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
57West 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
58West 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
59West Virginia (Summers County), Talcott — 59 — John Henry — "The Steel Driving Man"
African American whose epic battle against steam drill made him a legend among the working class.Map (db m210995) HM
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Nov. 26, 2022