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Birthplace of Melvil Dewey Marker image, Touch for more information
By Dominic Morrell, July 11, 2014
Birthplace of Melvil Dewey Marker
New York (Jefferson County), Adams Center — Birthplace of Melvil Dewey — 1851-1931
Librarian And Educator Creator Of The Dewey Decimal System — Map (db m75536) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Alexandria — Indian River Lakes — Breeding Bird Refuge — Natural History
Important Habitat Refuge This region provides an important breeding refuge for many declining species of birds because it contains a variety of habitats, few humans, and little development. Species such as the Golden-winged Warbler, . . . — Map (db m84170) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Antwerp — Civil War Memorial
Erected in 1893 by the citizens of Antwerp, N.Y. in memory of the soldiers and the sailors of 1861-1865. — Map (db m32009) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Belleville — Carrying Cable Route
Route traveled by the men who carried the four-ton cable for the ship "Superior" twenty miles from Sandy Creek Battlefield to Sackets Harbor in June 1814.Map (db m86193) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Brownville — Brown Mansion
Home of Gen. Jacob Brown Commander Northern Frontier Forces, War of 1812 Commanding General U.S. Army 1821 until his death in 1828 — Map (db m100639) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Cape Vincent — Cape Vincent Lighthouse
This lighthouse was located on the Cape Vincent Breakwater from 1900 to 1951 when it was moved to its present location and now serves as a proud landmark for this approach to the village. — Map (db m51911) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Cape Vincent — Cape Vincent Village Green, Inc. — Founded 1997
"to provide an open space for the enjoyment of residents and visitors" Made possible by the financial support of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Dorothy Aubrey Northern New York Community . . . — Map (db m75683) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Cape Vincent — Hollenbeck • Mein • Handley Memorials — In Memory Of
Richard W. Hollenbeck C.W.O. U.S. Army W.W. II • Korea Killed in Korea March 15, 1952 ———————— Michael H. Mein Sgt. 1st Class - Green Beret Missing in Action Nov. 30, 1968 . . . — Map (db m75685) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Cape Vincent — Stone House
Built in 1815 by J. D. Le Ray de Chaumont Here Canadian rebels were sheltered during Patriot War, 1838 — Map (db m75682) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Cape Vincent — Tibbetts Point Lighthouse
This point of land was part of 600 acres patented to Captain John Tibbett of Troy, New York in 1799. —————————— In 1827 three acres were deeded to the U.S. Government for a . . . — Map (db m75691) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Cape Vincent — Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Keepers — 1827 • 1981 — United States Lighthouse Service • United States Coast Guard
In memory of those who kept the light shining at Tibbetts Point Lighthouse, the harbor and buoy lights. Keepers and Assistants of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Judah Williams • 1st Keep Jonathan Madison • James H. . . . — Map (db m75692) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Cape Vincent — Tibbits Point Lighthouse
First in Jefferson County Built 1827 Rebuilt 1854 — Map (db m75689) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Cape Vincent — War of 1812 Barracks
During the War of 1812 American soldiers were housed in barracks erected here and at the foot of James Street — Map (db m75688) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Cape Vincent — World War I Memorial
• Erected in Honor • of all those who served in the World War from the town of Cape Vincent and in memory of those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice 1917 - 1918 —————————— . . . — Map (db m75684) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Cape Vincent — World War II Memorial
• Erected in Honor • of all those who served in World War II from the Town of Cape Vincent and in memory of those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice 1941 - 1945 Joseph L. Dennee • Karl H. Jackson Charles L. Tebo • Charles H. . . . — Map (db m75687) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Ellisburg — After the Battle of Big Sandy
After the Battle of Big Sandy May 28, 1814 This house was used as a hospital for British soldiers — Map (db m70475) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Ellisburg — Carrying Cable Route
Route traveled by the men who carried the four-ton cable for the ship "Superior" twenty miles from Sandy Creek Battlefield to Sackets Harbor in June 1814.Map (db m86186) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Ellisburg — The Battle of Big Sandy — May 30, 1814 — War of 1812
Americans Set An Ambush An American flotilla carrying critical shipbuilding supplies to Sackets Harbor was forced to land along South Sandy Creek. Near this spot Major Appling's 120 riflemen, 150 Oneida Indian warriors and naval . . . — Map (db m75733) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Fort Drum — 10th Mountain Division & Fort Drum Museum

The mission of the 10th Mountain Division & Fort Drum Museum is to collect and preserve the material history of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum. Using the collected material to present the history of each from its formation to the . . . — Map (db m110381) HM WM

New York (Jefferson County), Fort Drum — 10th Mountain Division (1985)

In 1985, the famous 10th Mountain Division was officially reactivated as a Light Infantry Division at Fort Drum. The 10th Mountain Division specializes in training under extreme conditions and is designed to rapidly deploy anywhere in the . . . — Map (db m110391) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Fort Drum — Camp Drum (1951)

In 1951, Pine Camp was re-named Camp Drum in honor of Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum (1879-1951). A New York native, General Drum was the Chief of Staff of the First U.S. Army (American Expeditionary Forces) during World War I. During World . . . — Map (db m110389) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Fort Drum — Camp Hughes (1907)

The story of Fort Drum began in 1906, [when] a partnership between the U.S. Army at Madison Barracks and North Country community leaders began looking for local training areas. The area in Felt[s] Mills, immediately north of the Black River, . . . — Map (db m110384) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Fort Drum — Fort Drum - North Country Memorial Flag Pole

The Citizens of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties extend heartfelt welcome to the United States Army and to the men and women of Fort Drum. This standard, which flies our nation's flag, and the time capsule beneath this marker are . . . — Map (db m110392) WM

New York (Jefferson County), Fort Drum — Fort Drum (1974)

In 1974, Camp Drum became Fort Drum, when, for the first time, it was designated as a permanent US Army installation. Since its establishment in 1908, the area had been used as a temporary, seasonal training site, with a successful history of . . . — Map (db m110390) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Fort Drum — Pine Camp (1908)

With the success of the summer maneuvers at Camp Hughes, a permanent training area formally known as Pine Camp was founded. Legislation was passed in 1909, which established the "Pine Camp Military Reservation." Land acquisition and temporary . . . — Map (db m110386) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Fort Drum — Pine Camp Cantonment (1941)

In 1940 the US Army selected Pine Camp as a divisional training facility, and a Division Cantonment (intended to be temporary for the duration of the war only) was constructed. The size of Pine Camp was expanded to 110,000 acres; numerous local . . . — Map (db m110388) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Henderson — Camp de L'Observation
Erected by the French in 1756 Association Island — Map (db m70477) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Henderson Harbor — Samuel de Champlain
First white man to enter Henderson, October, 1615 Passed over Indian trail here. — Map (db m70476) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Philadelphia — Replica of the Statue of Liberty

This Statue of Liberty was placed here in remembrance of 9/11 to honor all firefighters, policemen and rescue teams that put their lives at risk to help the innocent Americans on that unprecedented September day.

We also want to thank every . . . — Map (db m110163) HM WM

New York (Jefferson County), Philadelphia — Veterans Memorial

In loving memory of the Veterans of World War I • World War II Korea • Viet Nam

Stone donated by Madison Bks.

Plaque by N.Y. Air Brake — Map (db m110162) WM

New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Habor — 3 — The Landing Area
The American garrison had ample warning of the British attack. Before dawn, British and Canadian forces had landed on Horse Island and had pushed the American troops back to the opposite shore despite fire coming from Fort Tompkins, the Albany . . . — Map (db m75842) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — 1913 Centennial Monument — The Battlefield of Sackets Harbor
In Memory of the officers and men who served on this frontier during the War of 1812, and to mark the Battlefield of Sackets Harbor May 29, 1813. This monument is erected by the National Society of United States Daughters of 1812, . . . — Map (db m75690) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — 6 — American Dragoon Commander Wounded
Lieutenant Colonel Electus Backus, leader of the U.S. Light Dragoons, was commanding officer before General Jacob Brown assumed the post. While holding the line of defense with his dragoons from the nearby drainage ditch, Backus was wounded and . . . — Map (db m75790) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Battle of York Memorial
To Brig Gen Z.M. Pike U.S.A. And   Officers Killed   Battle Of York Upper Canada April 27th 1813 — Map (db m109206) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Blockhouse
Erected in 1812 for defense against the British attack Stone house the Tisdale Homestead erected 1819 — Map (db m70480) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — 2 — British Attack on Sackets Harbor — May 29, 1813
The British had two objectives in attacking the U.S. navy base at Sackets Harbor: destruction of the shipyard and gaining relief from the continued American military pressure on the Niagara frontier. With its navy base destroyed, the American fleet . . . — Map (db m75890) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Carrying Cable Route
Route traveled by the men who carried the four-ton cable for the ship "Superior" twenty miles from Sandy Creek Battlefield to Sackets Harbor in June 1814.Map (db m86204) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Dedicated to the Men and Women
Dedicated to the Men and Women of the Community of Sackets Harbor who served their country World War I & II — Map (db m75766) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — 7 — Fight for the Cantonment Area — The Americans' Last Stand
The Americans suffered heavy losses and were ordered to retire and form a new defense line at their wooden barracks. it was here that some of the most intense hand-to-hand combat occurred. The U.S. regulars were trapped in their rooms stubbornly . . . — Map (db m75774) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Fort Chauncey
War Of 1812 Named For Commodore Isaac Chauncey — Map (db m70478) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Fort Kentucky
War of 1812 Fort Kentucky aka "Mud Fort" earthen redoubt constructed ca. 1814 on the northwestern flank of the American defense system — Map (db m75679) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Fort Pike
Fort Pike Behind These Breastworks Was Blockhouse Erected by Americans for Defense Against British - War of 1812 — Map (db m86076) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Fort Pike — Defending the Harbor
General Pike's Death This fort was named after General Zebulon Pike, who launched his forces from here to attack York (Toronto). Though the Americans won the battle, General Pike was killed by debris from an exploding magazine. His . . . — Map (db m86170) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Fort Tompkins
War of 1812 Fort Tompkins on Navy Point Named for Governor Tompkins Garrisoned by U.S. Sailors and Marines. — Map (db m75676) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — 8 — Fort Tompkins — Principal American Defense
Fort Tompkins commanded the approach to the harbor where the American fleet was under construction. It was built on ground that had been elevated by a system of wooden cribs filled with stone. The fort was armed with 20 cannon behind an earthen . . . — Map (db m75784) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Fort Virginia
War of 1812 Armed with 16 Guns — Map (db m70479) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Fort Volunteer
Fort Volunteer War Of 1812 Built By Revolutionary Veterans Without Pay — Map (db m109151) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Home of Dr. Samuel Guthrie
Home Of Dr. Samuel Guthrie Born 1782 – Died 1848 Discovered Chloroform, 1831 Invented Percussion Caps Surgeon In War Of 1812 — Map (db m109168) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Horse Island
Horse Island plays a role in the story of Sackets Harbor, both past an present. From its part in the War of 1812, to its lighthouse and water fowl habitat, the island is a key component of the community. During the War of 1812, the Albany . . . — Map (db m75794) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — In Memory of Our Comrades — 1917 Honor Roll 1918
In Memory of Our Comrades Who Sacrificed Their Lives During The World War Majors Daly R. Gass - John Stoddart Captains Arthur E. Allyn, Jr. - John C. Phelps James F. Cooper, Jr. - Lawrence H. Platt . . . — Map (db m86651) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Madison Barracks
Madison Barracks 1812 – 1946 Birthplace of Fort Drum The first permanent U.S. military encampment in the North Country was established at Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812, to protect this valuable location. Sackets Harbor was . . . — Map (db m109163) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — New Brunswick's 104th Regiment of Foot
To support the British military effort during the War of 1812, New Brunswick's 104th Regiment of Foot marched 700 miles from Fredericton, New Brunswick to Kingston, in present day Ontario, during the winter of 1813. The Regiment then . . . — Map (db m75686) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Ninth U.S. Infantry Memorial
Erected by Le Ray De Chaumont Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution In Memory Of The Gallant Officers and Men of the Ninth U.S. Infantry Who Lost Their Lives During The Campaigns In Cuba, China and the Phillippines 1898 — . . . — Map (db m110099) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Polo Field
Polo Field After the arrival of the Seventh Field Artillery in September, 1922, Madison Barracks became well known for it’s horse activities. In 1922, Army Olympic Try-outs were held at the post. During the next three years two officers’ polo teams . . . — Map (db m109167) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — President James Monroe
President James Monroe Was Greeted By Survivors Of Revolution At This Bridge August 4, 1817. Saluted With 19 Guns At Arrival In Village. — Map (db m109150) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Sackets Harbor — Built on War of 1812 Heritage — Maritime Heritage
A Strategic Place The shelter offered by Sackets Harbor made this an attractive place to base the U.S. Navy fleet. The growth patterns set at the time the military facilities were built are responsible for the layout of the village . . . — Map (db m75735) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Sackets Harbor - Fall 1814 — A Fortified Naval Base — War of 1812
Focus On Defense Before the War of 1812 Sackets Harbor had no defenses. By the fall of 1814, the combined efforts of the Army, Navy, Marines, and militia had created one of the most heavily fortified sites in North America. . . . — Map (db m75767) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Sackets Harbor Military Cemetery Memorial
In Memory of Those Who Gave Their All So That We Could Have a Tomorrow. We Are Here Because They Are Here. May They Rest In Peace. — Map (db m109204) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Sackets Harbor Shipbuilding — A Race for Naval Superiority — Maritime Heritage
Sackets Harbor During the War of 1812 Sackets Harbor was the most active naval station in the United States. The U.S. and British navies were engaged in a shipbuilding competition for control of lake Ontario. Tremendous effort and . . . — Map (db m75748) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Sackett Mansion
Built by Col. Augustus Sackett 1801-1802. Used as a hospital in War of 1812 — Map (db m70481) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Semper Fidelis
SGT Terrance John Lawler Wounded Vietnam Warrior, 2 Purple Hearts 1964   1968 September 29, 1946 — May 30, 2017 “Don’t take life too seriously you’ll never make it out alive anyway” — Map (db m109166) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon
Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon Length: 10.4 feet - Wieight: About 6,500 pounds Bore diameter: 6.5 inches - Range: 1,900 yards at 5° elevation This 1960s reproduction of a War of 1812, 32-pounder cannon . . . — Map (db m75713) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon
Smoothbore Muzzle Loader Cannon Length: 9.3 feet - Wieight: About 3,800 pounds Bore diameter: 4.6 inches - Range: 1,500 yards at 5° elevation In 1961, this War of 1812 era, 12-pounder British long gun was . . . — Map (db m75789) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Soldiers Memorial
Sergeant John Darlington Private Fred D. Petit Private Benjamin Wilson Company A 9th Infantry Drowned Near Madison Bks. N.Y. December 11, 1888 Erected By Their Comrades — Map (db m109232) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — 5 — The British Advance is Halted — For An Hour
Near here, members of the U.S. Army's 9th, 21st, and 23rd Infantry, along with 313 light dragoons, and the Albany Volunteers were positioned in a drainage ditch to defend the approach to fort Tompkins. They held this position for over an hour until . . . — Map (db m75796) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — 4 — The British Observation Point
The leading British officers halted on a hill just west of here to inspect the American defenses, rest their men, and issue fresh ammunition for the third and final assault on the thinly held American line. As the British advanced on the navy . . . — Map (db m75831) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — 9 — The British Withdrawal
As the fighting continued around the barracks, the British flanking column fought its way through the village and past the navy yard to the palisades surrounding Fort Tompkins, blocking the Americans' planned route of retreat to Fort Volunteer. . . . — Map (db m75693) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Union Hotel — April 1817
Built by Frederic White 1st Masonic Lodge Jefferson Co. Ontario Lodge formed April 4, 1805 Athol Lodge formed 1818 Sackets Lodge formed 1848 — Map (db m70482) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — War of 1812 Unknown Soldiers Memorial
Erected to the Memory of Unknown United States Soldiers and Sailors Killed In Action or Dying of Wounds in This Vicinity During the War of 1812 — Map (db m109205) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — War of 1812, Burial Ground Memorial
This monument is dedicated to the memory of those American fighting men who lost their lives in the War of 1812 on this northern frontier. These grounds were made hallowed when the remains of more than 200 soldiers, unknown but for their deeds, . . . — Map (db m86168) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — War of 1812, Burial Grounds
War of 1812 Burial Grounds ———————— Sacred to the memory of United States soldiers who died serving their country on this northern frontier from 1812-1818. . . . — Map (db m86169) WM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Water Tower Observation Tower
Water Tower Observation Tower In 1892, a complete system for the supply of pure water, with a steel tank encased in a stone tower, was installed. This was connected to a pump station two miles away drawing water from Lake Ontario. Prior to the . . . — Map (db m109164) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Sackets Harbor — Welcome to Sackets Harbor Battlefield — State Historic Site
A. Commandant's House (built 1847-50) interprets period 1850-61, open to the public B. Well House (built 1851, reconstructed 1987) C. Site of Root House D. Site of Fort Tompkins . . . — Map (db m75770) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Watertown — Civil War Memorial — Mr. and Mrs. George Cooks' Memorial

In grateful memory of the Soldiers and Sailors of Jefferson County who fought or fell in defense of the Union and the freedom of man.

This monument to witness that these dead have not died in vain and that through them, . . . — Map (db m110124) WM

New York (Jefferson County), Watertown — County of Jefferson — 1784 • 1815

Created March 28, 1805 - named for Thomas Jefferson Born 1743, Died 1826. President of United States 1801-1809 Vice-President 1797-1801 Secretary of State 1790-1794 Minister to France 1784-1789 Governor of Virginia 1779 . . . — Map (db m110075) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Watertown — County of Jefferson: Celebrating 200 Years — 1805 • 2005

Original 8 Towns [and] 1805 Town Supervisors

Town of Adams • Nicholas Salisbury Town of Brownville • John Collins Town of Champion • Noadiah Hubbard Town of Ellisburgh • Lyman Ellis Town of Harrison (Rodman) • Thomas White . . . — Map (db m110082) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Watertown — Early Settlers of Watertown

Erected to the memory of the following early settlers of Watertown who donated in 1805 for the free use of the people forever the land now known as Public Square formerly called the Mall

Zechariah Butterfield • Jesse . . . — Map (db m110097) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Watertown — Frank Winfield Woolworth — 1852 - 1919

The founder of the

F. W. Woolworth Co.

began his retailing career at this location in 1873. After the experience with the 5’ counter here, Frank W. Woolworth established the first 5’ and 10’ stores. This was the . . . — Map (db m110127) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Watertown — Henry Keep Home

The site upon which this building is erected was given as an endowment for the support of the Henry Keep Home which was established March 11, 1879 . . . — Map (db m110125) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Watertown — Public Square Fountain
. . . — Map (db m110118) HM
New York (Jefferson County), Watertown — Roswell Pettibone Flower

Born August 7 · 1835 · Died May 12, 1899 Representative in the Forty Seventh and in the Fifty First Congress Governor of the State of New York MDCCCXCII - MDCCCXCIV

Erected in affectionate and grateful remembrance of his noble . . . — Map (db m110161) HM

New York (Jefferson County), Watertown — Veterans Memorial — Duty • Honor • Country

In honor of those who served

World War I • World War II Korea • Vietnam — Map (db m110117) WM

New York (Jefferson County), Watertown — War Memorial

Jefferson County Heroes who gave their lives serving their country

Honoring all who died for our freedom during the twentieth century

World War I 1917 - 1918

[Roll of Honored Dead]

World War II 1941 - . . . — Map (db m110094) WM

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 (Jefferson County), Watertown — World War Memorial

Dedicated to the memory of those who gave their lives in the World War 1914-1918

[Roll of Honored Dead]

Erected November 11, 1921 by the County of Jefferson in honor of the brave sons and daughters who sacrificed their . . . — Map (db m110086) WM


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