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One hundred thirty-nine large format Historical Area Markers were erected statewide during the 1960s. Some are duplicates placed in different areas. Some carry variations of text found on other markers within the same region. The area markers usually do not commemorate specific individuals or events, since these are already memorialized by smaller State Historical Markers.
 
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By Bill Coughlin, June 27, 2012
Historic New York Marker
New York (Albany County), Glenmont — This is the Capital District — Historic New York
          The Capital District has long been important as a trading post, military objective and governmental center. Located near the juncture of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers, Albany has been the “crossroads” of the northeast since . . . — Map (db m56854) HM
New York (Allegany County), Bolivar — This Is Oil Country! — Historic New York
The presence of oil in this area of the Allegheny foothills has been known by white men since 1627, when a French missionary reported that the Indians used "a good kind of oil" for medicinal purposes from the nearby Seneca Oil Spring. Production . . . — Map (db m88286) HM
New York (Broome County), Corbettsville — Binghamton and Upper Susquehanna — Historic New York
The valleys of the Upper Susquehanna River were natural routes for Indians, traders and settlers. Oquaga, near Windsor, was an Indian fur-trading post, and became an objective of the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign of 1779. From a dam at the outlet of . . . — Map (db m35164) HM
New York (Cattaraugus County), Yorkshire — Upper Cattaraugus Valley — Historic New York
Erie Indians were the first inhabitants of this region. In 1654, they were driven out by the Senecas who occupied several sites along the banks of Cattaraugus Creek. The Cattaraugus, the principal stream of many that divide the Cattaraugus Hills, . . . — Map (db m86681) HM
New York (Cayuga County), Brutus — The Erie Canal — Historic New York
Construction of the Erie Canal was hailed as the greatest engineering accomplishment to that time. Under the leadership of Governor De Witt Clinton, construction began July 4, 1817. With little technical knowledge, thousands of workers surveyed, . . . — Map (db m88628) HM
New York (Chautauqua County), Mayville — Chautauqua Lake Region — Historic New York
Chautauqua Lake, eighteen miles long and one to three miles wide, has as its outlet a branch of Connewango Creek, a tributary of the Allegheny River. This gives Chautauqua an indirect connection with the Gulf of Mexico by way of the Ohio, and . . . — Map (db m64687) HM
New York (Chenango County), Afton — Unadilla Region — Historic New York
Indians living in the valleys of the Unadilla and Susquehanna Rivers played an important role in the region's early history. Fur traders from Albany and the Mohawk Valley reached out to Oquaga (now Windsor), and a mission to the Indians was . . . — Map (db m93549) HM
New York (Erie County), Angola — Western New York — Historic New York
Following La Salle's arrival at the Niagara River in 1678, that waterway between Lakes Erie and Ontario became a natural route to and from the river during the 18th century. Permanent settlement of the Western New York began in 1800 following the . . . — Map (db m24593) HM
New York (Erie County), Buffalo — The Pan-American Exposition — Historic New York
Extending one mile north from Delaware Park Lake, between Elmwood and Delaware Avenues, the Pan-American Exposition was a spectacular sight to over eight million visitors from May 1 to November 2, 1901. Ornate buildings, embellished with decorated . . . — Map (db m57079) HM
New York (Erie County), Clarence — Niagara Frontier — Historic New York
The Niagara River between Lakes Ontario and Erie was the natural route to the interior of the continent. Following the arrival of French explorers in 1678, missionaries, traders, troops and settlers traveled by its waters. At the outlet of the . . . — Map (db m57072) HM
New York (Essex County), Ticonderoga — Fort Ticonderoga — Historic New York
During the 18th century, when nations fought to control the strategic route between the St. Lawrence River in Canada and the Hudson River to the south, the fortification overlooking the outlet of Lake George into Lake Champlain was called “the . . . — Map (db m9094) HM
New York (Fulton County), Broadalbin — Johnson Hall - 1763 — Johnstown — Historic New York
Sir William Johnson (1715-1774), Indian trader, statesman, diplomat and colonial empire builder. In 1763 he built Johnson Hall, the center of his estate and the scene of many Indian conferences. Coming from Ireland in 1738, Johnson traded with . . . — Map (db m57406) HM
New York (Fulton County), Johnstown — Johnson Hall - 1763 — Johnstown — Historic New York
Historic New York Johnson Hall - 1763 Johnstown     Sir William Johnson (1715-1774), Indian trader, statesman,diplomat and Colonial Empire Builder, in 1763 built Johnson Hall, the center of his estate and the scene of many Indian . . . — Map (db m5683) HM
New York (Genesee County), Corfu — The Holland Purchase — Historic New York
The Holland Land Company was organized by six banking firms in the Netherlands to purchase the unsettled land of western New York State. Their agent, Theophile Cazenove, in 1792-93 bought more than three million acres, known as the Holland Purchase. . . . — Map (db m57082) HM
New York (Greene County), Hannacroix — Catskill Mountains — Historic New York
The deep ravines, irregular ridges and rocky slopes of the Catskill Mountains long remained wild and desolate. Small settlements began in mountain valleys before the American Revolution. After the war, population grew steadily as New Englanders . . . — Map (db m28598) HM
New York (Hamilton County), Blue Mountain Lake — The Adirondacks — Historic New York
Historic New York The Adirondacks The Adirondack Mountains, consisting of rocky peaks, sheer cliffs and narrow valleys, also have wooded slopes and sparkling lakes. Forty three mountains have elevations 4000 feet or higher. Mount . . . — Map (db m44731) HM
New York (Hamilton County), Speculator — The Adirondacks — Historic New York
Historic New York The Adirondacks The Adirondack Mountains, consisting of rocky peaks, sheer cliffs and narrow valleys, also have wooded slopes and sparkling lakes. Forty three mountains have elevations 4000 feet or higher. Mount . . . — Map (db m44686) HM
New York (Herkimer County), Frankfort — Steuben Memorial — Historic New York
(Three miles northwest of Remsen, Oneida County) Home and grave of Baron Frederick William von Steuben (1730-1794) Drillmaster of the American Revolution           Arriving at Valley Forge in February, 1778, this German-born officer found . . . — Map (db m75979) HM
New York (Herkimer County), Frankfort — Utica Area — Historic New York
          Situated on the important Mohawk Valley route between the Hudson River and the Great Lakes, Utica has long been a travel crossroads. Indian trails converged there, and Fort Schuyler was built on the site in 1758. The community which grew . . . — Map (db m75978) HM
New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Herkimer Little-Falls Area — Historic New York
Where the Mohawk Valley narrows and pierces the ridge separating the Great Lakes from the Atlantic watershed were "The Little Falls," the first portage in travel up the river. Here lived the Canajoharie Indians, the Mohawk Upper Castle. The . . . — Map (db m64986) HM
New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Site of The Battle of Oriskany — August 6, 1777 — Historic New York
Oriskany Battlefield (Eight miles west of Utica)           The Battle of Oriskany was one of the bloodies engagements of the American Revolution. British and Indians here ambushed the Tryon County militia as they were marching to the relief of . . . — Map (db m75970) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Watertown — Watertown Region — Historic New York
Where the North Country touches Lake Ontario is the western gateway to the Adirondacks. Although reached by Samuel de Champlain in 1615, and viewed by other French explorers, La Salle and Frontenac, this area was an unsettled wilderness until some . . . — Map (db m57115) HM
New York (Livingston County), Mount Morris — The Genesee Valley — Historic New York
The 150 mile-long Genesee River rises in Pennsylvania and flows northward into Lake Ontario. Though relatively a small stream, except in flood stages, it has cut, in its middle portion, a deep gorge with walls rising 600 feet above foaming waters. . . . — Map (db m56842) HM
New York (Livingston County), Sonyea — Site of the Groveland Shaker Community — Historic New York
On this site the eighteenth and last Shaker community in America was founded in 1836 by members of the Sodus Bay Shaker community. The Shakers, formerly known as the United States Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, were a religious . . . — Map (db m87748) HM
New York (Madison County), Canastota — The Erie Canal — Historic New York
Construction of the Erie Canal was hailed as the greatest engineering accomplishment to that time. Under the leadership of Governor De Witt Clinton, construction began July 4, 1817. With little technical knowledge, thousands of workers surveyed, . . . — Map (db m65012) HM
New York (Monroe County), Irondequoit — Irondequoit Bay — Historic New York
From Irondequoit Bay, Indian trails led southward to Seneca villages and on to the Ohio country. LaSalle abd French missionaries arrived in 1669. In 1687, Marquis de Denonville, governor of New France, landed with soldiers and Indian allies to . . . — Map (db m93767) HM
New York (Monroe County), Scottsville — Genesee Valley — Historic New York
The Genesee River rises in Pennsylvania and flows northward 150 miles before emptying into Lake Ontario. Starting as a placid stream, the Genesee, in Letchworth State Park, plunges over three impressive cataracts, dropping 300 feet in three miles. . . . — Map (db m57085) HM
New York (Montgomery County), Fonda — Mohawk Area — Historic New York
The Mohawk Valley was a principal pass to the interior between the Adirondack Mountains and the Allegheny Plateau. Here dwelt the Mohawks, one of the Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy who barred the white man's advance westward. In the . . . — Map (db m59525) HM
New York (Montgomery County), Fultonville — Herkimer Home - 1764 — Three miles east of Little Falls on Route 5-S — Historic New York
General Nicholas Herkimer (1728–1777), one of the first American-born generation of the Palatine Germans who settled the Mohawk Valley, leading farmer-trader of the Valley, and hero of the Battle of Oriskany, built Herkimer Home in . . . — Map (db m4269) HM
New York (Montgomery County), Fultonville — Johnson Hall - 1763 — Historic New York
Sir William Johnson (1715-1774), Indian trader, statesman, diplomat and Colonial Empire Builder, in 1763 built Johnson Hall, the center of his estate and the scene of many Indian conferences. Coming from Ireland in 1738, Johnson traded with the . . . — Map (db m64987) HM
New York (Montgomery County), Fultonville — Mohawk Area — Historic New York
The Mohawk Valley was a principal pass to the interior between the Adirondack Mountains and the Allegheny Plateau. Here dwelt the Mohawks, one of the Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy who barred the white man's advance westward. In the seventeenth . . . — Map (db m64988) HM
New York (Montgomery County), Fultonville — Mohawk Area — Historic New York
          The Mohawk Valley was a principal pass to the interior between the Adirondack Mountains and the Allegheny Plateau. Here dwelt the Mohawks, one of the Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy who barred the white man's advance westward. In the . . . — Map (db m75968) HM
New York (Montgomery County), Fultonville — Site of The Battle of Oriskany — August 6, 1777 — Historic New York
Historic New York Site of The Battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777 Oriskany Battlefield (Eight miles west of Utica) The Battle of Oriskany was one of the bloodies engagements of the American Revolution. British and Indians here ambushed . . . — Map (db m4267) HM
New York (Niagara County), Youngstown — Old Fort Niagara — Historic New York
The promontory at the outlet of the Niagara River into Lake Ontario was a strategic point for controlling the route to the interior Great Lakes region. The French early recognized its importance, and LaSalle, in 1678, and Denonville. In 1687, . . . — Map (db m52519) HM
New York (Oneida County), Oriskany — Site of The Battle of Oriskany — August 6, 1777 — Historic New York
Historic New York Site of The Battle of Oriskany August 6, 1777 The Battle of Oriskany was one of the bloodiest engagements of the American Revolution. British and Indians here ambushed the Tryon County militia as they were marching to . . . — Map (db m22747) HM
New York (Oneida County), Remsen — Steuben Memorial — Historic New York
(Three miles northwest of Remsen, Oneida County) Home and grave of Baron Frederick William von Steuben (1730-1794) Drillmaster of the American Revolution           Arriving at Valley Forge in February, 1778, this German-born officer found . . . — Map (db m75951) HM
New York (Oneida County), Remsen — Utica Area — Historic New York
          Situated on the important Mohawk Valley route between the Hudson River and the Great Lakes, Utica has long been a travel crossroads. Indian trails converged there, and Fort Schuyler was built on the site in 1758. The community which grew . . . — Map (db m75953) HM
New York (Oneida County), Rome — The Erie Canal - July 4, 1817 — Historic New York
The ceremonies outside the village of Rome on Independence Day, 1817, climaxed years of discussion about building the Erie Canal. Dignitaries and local citizens assembled at sunrise to attend the start of construction. Judge Joshua Hathaway, a . . . — Map (db m50330) HM
New York (Oneida County), Westmoreland — Steuben Memorial — Historic New York
Historic New York Steuben Memorial (Three miles northwest of Remsen, Oneida County) Home and grave of Baron Frederick William von Steuben (1730-1794) Drillmaster of the American . . . — Map (db m54322) HM
New York (Oneida County), Westmoreland — Utica Area — Historic New York
Historic New York Utica Area Situated on the important Mohawk Valley route between the Hudson River and the Great Lakes, Utica has long been a travel crossroads. Indian trails converged there, and Fort Schuyler was built on the site . . . — Map (db m54343) HM
New York (Onondaga County), Syracuse — Syracuse Area — Historic New York
Onondaga Indians, the keepers of the council fires for the Iroquois League, lived here. French soldiers and Jesuit missionaries came from Canada in 1654 to seek their friendship. In that year, Father Simon Le Moyne discovered salt springs in the . . . — Map (db m57112) HM
New York (Onondaga County), Syracuse — Syracuse Area — Historic New York
Onondaga Indians, the keepers of the council fires for the Iroquois League, lived here. French soldiers and Jesuit missionaries came from Canada in 1654 to seek their friendship. In that year, Father Simon LeMoyne discovered salt springs in the . . . — Map (db m64982) HM
New York (Ontario County), Victor — Seneca Indians — Historic New York
The Seneca Indians, “Keepers of the Western Door,” occupied this area since the formation of the Iroquois confederacy about 1550. Most numerous and most warlike of the Six Nations, they for a time dominated the tribes northward into . . . — Map (db m56880) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — The Lake Plain — Historic New York
The Neutral Nation of Indians, an Iroquoian group affiliated with the Eries, were early inhabitants of this area. About 1650 they were conquered by the Senecas of the Five Nations Confederacy. French explorers and traders crossed this area and . . . — Map (db m92499) HM
New York (Otsego County), Milford — Upper Susquehanna — Historic New York
Rivers and streams flowing southward make this area a part of the great Susquehanna River Valley. Early fur traders from the Mohawk Valley dealt with Indians as far away as Oquaga(Now Windsor). Large colonial land grants were obtained by George . . . — Map (db m98343) HM
New York (Rockland County), Sloatsburg — Ramapo Valley — Historic New York
          The steep, barren Ramapo Mountains, with elevations of less than 1300 feet, isolated this region from the mainstream of developments in the Hudson Valley. The Ramapo River, flowing from Round Lake near Monroe into New Jersey, provided a . . . — Map (db m56696) HM
New York (Saint Lawrence County), Alexandria Bay — The Chippewa Bay Area — Historic New York
This area was settled early in the 1800's by immigrants from Scotland. They were encouraged to come here by agents of George Parish, a large landholder in the North Country. These conscientious farmers and tradesmen came up the St. Lawrence River . . . — Map (db m56825) HM
New York (Saint Lawrence County), De Kalb — The St. Lawrence Plain — Historic New York
The gently rolling country between the St. Lawrence River and the Adirondack Mountains is cut by the St. Regis, Raquette, Grass and Oswegatchie Rivers. Tumbling from the slopes of the Adirondacks, these swift streams flow in westerly and northerly . . . — Map (db m87882) HM
New York (Saint Lawrence County), Hammond — The Thousand Islands — Historic New York
As you enter the Thousand Island Region, you visit what the Iroquois called, "the Garden Place of the Great Spirit." This series of scenic isles actually number more than 1,800, ranging from small bird perches to some containing thousands of . . . — Map (db m75703) HM
New York (Saint Lawrence County), Massena — St. Lawrence River and Massena — Historic New York
The St. Lawrence River from earliest times has provided a direct route for travel and transportation between the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. After the Revolution much of the land in northern New York came into the hands of Alexander Macomb . . . — Map (db m79339) HM
New York (Saint Lawrence County), Massena — The Empire State — Historic New York
Following exploration by Champlain and Hudson in 1609, the first permanent settlement began in the Hudson Valley in 1624. Dutch rule was displaced in 1664 by the English who named New York after the King's brother, the Duke of York and Albany. . . . — Map (db m79281) HM
New York (Saratoga County), Clifton Park — This is the Way North — Historic New York
          Since pre-historic times, this route has served Indian hunting and war parties as they traveled between the north country and the southern region of New York State. This area was once considered the key to domination of Colonial North . . . — Map (db m56853) HM
New York (Schenectady County), Pattersonville — Johnson Hall – 1763 — Johnstown — Historic New York
          Sir William Johnson (1715-1774), Indian trader, statesman, diplomat and Colonial Empire Builder, in 1763 built Johnson Hall, the center of his estate and the scene of many Indian conferences.           Coming from Ireland in 1738, . . . — Map (db m75961) HM
New York (Seneca County), Waterloo — Memorial Day — Historic New York
Historic New York Memorial Day On May 5, 1866, the residents of Waterloo held the first complete, community-wide observance of Memorial Day. They dedicated the entire day to honoring the Civil War dead in a solemn and patriotic manner. . . . — Map (db m8194) HM
New York (Seneca County), Waterloo — The Finger Lakes — Historic New York
The Finger Lakes of central New York occupy deep north-south valleys bordered by beautiful sloping shore lines which are occasionally cut by picturesque glens and gorges. From west to east these sparkling lakes are Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, . . . — Map (db m57113) HM
New York (Steuben County), Cohocton — Cohocton Valley — Historic New York
Seneca Indians inhabited this area until 1779 when their towns and cornfields were destroyed by the Sullivan-Clinton expedition, forcing a migration to Niagara. After the Revolution these lands were included in the Pulteney Purchase of one million . . . — Map (db m56845) HM
New York (Suffolk County), Dix Hills — Central Long Island — Historic New York
      The first settlers came from New England and in 1653 established Huntington. Settlements spread along the north shore and early in the 18th century to the south shore. Many of the newcomers obtained rights to their land from Wyandanch, a . . . — Map (db m65089) HM
New York (Suffolk County), Dix Hills — Central Long Island — Historic New York
      The first settlers came from New England and in 1653 established Huntington. Settlements spread along the north shore and early in the 18th century to the south shore. Many of the newcomers obtained rights to their land from Wyandanch, a . . . — Map (db m65090) HM
New York (Sullivan County), Roscoe — The Catskill Mountains — Historic New York
The Catskill Mountains tower above the Hudson River as it winds its way past one of the most popular resort areas in the United States. These time-worn mountains were called Kaatskill (Cat Creek) by Dutchmen of the seventeenth century, probably . . . — Map (db m22427) HM
New York (Ulster County), Lake Katrine — Kingston Area — Historic New York
          Dutch Settlers at Esopus were troubled by hostile Algonquin (Esopus) Indians, who were finally pacified by Governor Peter Stuyvesant in 1658. In 1661 Wiltwyck, later Kingston, was settled and remained strongly Dutch after the English . . . — Map (db m56706) HM
New York (Ulster County), Lake Katrine — The Senate House – 1676 — Clinton Avenue, Kingston — Historic New York
          The Senate House is so called because the first elected Senate of the State of New York met in this building on the morning of September 9, 1777.           Colonel Wessel Ten Broeck built this house for his home in 1676 in the tiny . . . — Map (db m75635) HM
New York (Ulster County), Malden — Hudson Valley — Historic New York
          Following Henry Hudson’s voyage in 1609, the Dutch in 1614 established a trading post near the future site of Albany; permanent settlement was made at Fort Orange (Albany) in 1624. Esopus (Kingston) was settled in 1653 and other villages . . . — Map (db m56703) HM
New York (Ulster County), Modena — Newburgh Area — Historic New York
Palatine German refugees from the religious wars of Europe settled on these river banks in 1709, and Dutch and French Huguenots followed. During the Revolution, control of the Hudson River was important for British strategy and for American defense. . . . — Map (db m48669) HM
New York (Ulster County), Plattekill — Newburgh Area — Historic New York
          Palatine German refugees from the religious wars of Europe settled on these river banks in 1709, and Dutch and French Huguenots followed. During the Revolution, control of the Hudson River was important for British strategy and for . . . — Map (db m56698) HM
New York (Ulster County), Plattekill — Washington’s Headquarters — Liberty and Washington Streets, Newburgh — Historic New York
          General Washington came to the farm home of the Hasbrouck family in Newburgh on April 1, 1782. He occupied the house until August 19, 1783, while his troops were encamped at Temple Hill, a few miles away.           These were trying . . . — Map (db m56697) HM
New York (Ulster County), Saugerties — Catskill Mountains — Historic New York
          The deep ravines, irregular ridges and rocky slopes of the Catskill Mountains long remained wild and desolate. Small settlements began in mountain valleys before the American Revolution. After the war, population grew steadily as New . . . — Map (db m56699) HM
New York (Ulster County), Wallkill — Washington’s Headquarters — Liberty and Washington Streets, Newburgh — Historic New York
General Washington came to the farm home of the Hasbrouck family in Newburgh on April 1, 1782. He occupied the house until August 19, 1783, while his troops were encamped at Temple Hill, a few miles away. These were trying months while a peace . . . — Map (db m385) HM
New York (Warren County), Glens Falls — Glens Falls Area — Historic New York
          Where the Hudson River runs eastward before turning south is a series of falls, an obstacle to navigation but also a source of power. These lay athwart the north-south trail between Albany and Montreal. The Queensbury Patent of 23,000 . . . — Map (db m56852) HM
New York (Warren County), Glens Falls — The Battles of Saratoga - 1777 — Historic New York
          One of the most decisive battles in world history ended with the surrender near here of the British army invading from Canada under General “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne in 1777. The defeat ended a summer-long campaign by over . . . — Map (db m56850) HM
New York (Warren County), Lake George — Lake George — Historic New York
The natural route by water and portage between the St. Lawrence River and the Hudson River traversed Lake George. Christened Lac du Saint Sacrement in 1646 by the Jesuit missionary, Isaac Jogues, it was renamed in 1755 by Sir William Johnson to . . . — Map (db m18102) HM
New York (Westchester County), Hastings-on-Hudson — 11 — Westchester County — Historic New York
The rugged shore of the Hudson River and the rocky hills north of Manhattan did not encourage early settlement. Patents were issued in 1639 to Jonas Bronck (Bronx) and in 1646 to Adriaen Van der Donck (Yonkers). After the overthrow of Dutch rule in . . . — Map (db m31283) HM
New York (Westchester County), Katonah — Bedford House — On Route 22 near Katonah — Historic New York
John Jay (1745 – 1829), statesman, jurist, first Chief Justice of the United States, and Governor of New York State for six years, built Bedford House in 1800. It remained his home for the last twenty-nine years of his life. Jay . . . — Map (db m24691) HM
New York (Yates County), Himrod — The Finger Lakes — Historic New York
The Finger Lakes of central New York occupy deep north-south valleys amid gently rolling hills. From east to west these sparkling lakes are Skaneateles, Owasco, Cayuga, Seneca, Keuka and Canandaigua. This region was the home of the Cayuga and Seneca . . . — Map (db m68627) HM

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