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"Santa Claus" Marker - Westward image, Touch for more information
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 9, 2014
"Santa Claus" Marker - Westward
New York (Orleans County), Albion — "Santa Claus"
Charles W. Howard 1896-1966 In 1937 he established here a world famous Santa Claus school, the first of its kind & 1953 Christmas Park Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa Claus — Map (db m78150) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — Calamity Sept. 28, 1859
250 people & 5 horses gathered here on a wooden bridge to watch a tightrope walker cross the canal. It collapsed killing 15 people — Map (db m78125) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — Christ Episcopal Church
Since 1844, erected in 1830 by Presbyterians, it is the oldest church building in Orleans County still being used for worship services. — Map (db m65372) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — Erie Canal 1825
Main passage to the west Became NYS Barge Canal 1903 Newport (now Albion) grew at planned canal and Oak Orchard Road after 1821 — Map (db m78122) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church First Circuit Rider: 1816 Society Incorporated: 1830 Sunday School Begun: 1835 Lot Donated: 1831 - Present Edifice: 1860 - Rebuilt: 1914 "The best of all is God is with us." John Wesley — Map (db m65375) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — George M. Pullman, 1831-97
Once a resident of Albion and later manufacturer of Pullman R.R. cars, built this church in 1894 to the memory of his parents. — Map (db m65371) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — Hitching Posts Historic Albion
Hitching posts were the parking spaces of the pre-automobile era, and Albion and the 14411 zip code still has many of them, perhaps more of these historic relics from the horse-and-buggy era than anywhere else. We have about 40 of the hitching . . . — Map (db m78067) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — Home of Sanford E. Church 1815 - 1880
Lieut. Gov. 1850-52 Comptroller of State 1857 Chief Judge Ct. of Appeals 1867-80 — Map (db m78156) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — In Memory of the Men Who Fell
In memory of the men who fell in defence of the Union. Orleans County, 1861 - 1865. — Map (db m82040) WM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — In Sacred Memory
1941 1945 In sacred memory of our soldiers and sailors who made the supreme sacrifice Orleans County State of New York "Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends." John XV-13 May they rest in peace Dedicated . . . — Map (db m65379) WM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — Irish, English, Italian and Polish Immigrants
Irish, English, Italian and Polish Immigrants quarried Medina sandstone, a major industry in 1870-1930. Presbyterian Church and 175' spire show use in architecture. — Map (db m65376) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — John Cunneen 1848-1907
Irish Immigrant at age 12 Teacher, lawyer, publisher Active in Democrat politics Elected N.Y.S. Attorney Gen. Served one term 1903-04 — Map (db m65378) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — Journalist, Terry Anderson
Journalist, Terry Anderson Grew up in this neighborhood during the 1950's. He was taken hostage in 1985 by Middle East terrorists and held prisoner 2545 days. — Map (db m65370) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — Mount Albion Cemetery
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m82055) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — Orleans County Courthouse
Erected 1857-58 for $20,000 in the Greek Revival Style. Building Comm: Lyman Bates, Henry King, Charles Baker. Architect: Wm. V.N. Barlow — Map (db m65373) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — Swan Library
Swan Library William G. Swan Benefactor Chartered December 21, 1899 Opened March 17, 1900. Oldest Orleans Co. Library, former R.S. Burrows Mansion - 1851 Lillian Achillies 1st Librarian — Map (db m65377) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — The First Free Methodist
Church in the denomination. Rev. Loren Stiles founded the congregation in 1859. Normal Revival in style it was dedicated May 18, 1860. — Map (db m65374) HM
New York (Orleans County), Albion — Union Cemetery
This land, bought from Moses and Sarah Bacon in April 1835 served as a "burying ground" until Jan. 8, 1853 when the Cemetery Assoc. was formed. Lot 22 was for strangers. Last burial 1910 — Map (db m78127) HM
New York (Orleans County), Barre Center — Braggs Corners
Solomon Bragg with son Nathan were first settlers west of Barre Center. Blazed forest trail to this place where they built a cabin in 1818 — Map (db m42577) HM
New York (Orleans County), Barre Center — Indian Trail
Branch of Grand Central Trail extending from Batavia to Lake Ontario Known by pioneers as the Oak Orchard Trail — Map (db m42574) HM
New York (Orleans County), Barre Center — KUM BA YAH (Come By Here)
Gravesite of Rev. Marvin V. Frey (1918-1992), composer of Kum Ba Yah; He is Lord; Peace Like a River; Isn't He Wonderful; Alleluia. — Map (db m42576) HM
New York (Orleans County), Carlton — Cobblestone Wall Section Cobblestone Construction Piece by Piece Architecture of the Coast
Cobblestones Cobblestone construction was born in this area. The example here is a composite of several materials and styles that can be seen within a short distance of this park. The word 'cobblestone' comes from the English word 'cob', . . . — Map (db m90184) HM
New York (Orleans County), Carlton — Fishing Camp A Prehistoric Destination Maritime Heritage
Fishing For Food, Not Fun! For more than 800 years the opposite bank was the scene of bustling spring and summer activity by Native Americans. Fish were netted from Oak Orchard River, and processed over firepits and drying racks. The fish prepared . . . — Map (db m82703) HM
New York (Orleans County), Carlton — Fording Place
Used first by Indians later by early pioneers The Oak Orchard Trail from Batavia to Ontario crossed the creek here — Map (db m78302) HM
New York (Orleans County), Carlton — July 1813
British captain & troops vanquished from Oak Orchard -Marsh Creek due to settlers lead by widow Bathshua Brown 1755-1826 — Map (db m78305) HM
New York (Orleans County), Carlton — Sir William Johnson Leader and Diplomat The French and Indian War
Land Manager Johnson arrived in the Colonies from Ireland to manage land in the Mohawk River valley near present-day Amsterdam, land granted to his uncle, Admiral Sir Peter Warren of the British Navy, in 1737. Superintendent of Indian Affairs . . . — Map (db m90173) HM
New York (Orleans County), Clarendon — 1837 Church
First in Clarendon. Built of stone by Universalists on land given by Eldredge Farwell - first pioneer settler in town. — Map (db m65925) HM
New York (Orleans County), Clarendon — Butterfield Cobblestone
Butterfield Cobblestone built 1849 This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m92534) HM
New York (Orleans County), Clarendon — Carl E. Akeley
Carl E. Akeley Born here in 1864. Noted taxidermist, naturalist, inventor, sculptor, author. Died and buried in his beloved Africa in 1926. — Map (db m92545) HM
New York (Orleans County), Clarendon — Clarendon Honors its Veterans
Clarendon honors its veterans and those who gave their lives in the service of their country. In the glory of their youth we shall remember them. — Map (db m92544) WM
New York (Orleans County), Clarendon — Farwell's Mill
Here Eldred Farwell, first white settler of town, built the first mills in Clarendon Saw Mill in 1811 Grist Mill in 1813 — Map (db m65924) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — At Left: Cobblestone House / At Right: Cobblestone House
[left side] Historic District At left: Cobblestone house built in 1842 with field or glaciated stones in the Gaines pattern also known as depressed hexagonal. Mason - John Simmons. [right side] Historic District At right: . . . — Map (db m78241) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — Burial Ground
1st in Orleans County in which revolutionary soldiers John Anderson - David Bullard and many pioneers are buried First burial in 1812 — Map (db m78218) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — Cobblestones Birth of a Local Style Architecture of the Coast
Ingenious use of local materials gave rise to a home-grown Seaway Trail architectural style. Cobblestone construction was perfected by local masons between the opening of the Erie Canal and the Civil War. Local farmers had access to the . . . — Map (db m78221) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — Crossroads
Crossroads - Oak Orchard Rd. Batavia to Oak Orchard Creek surveyed 1803 and Ontario Trail known as The Ridge. Rochester to Lewiston improved in 1814 — Map (db m78217) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — First Academy
Between the Niagara and Genesee. Built in 1825. Incorporated in 1827 Admitted to the Regents of State of N. Y. in 1830 — Map (db m78245) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — First Church
Built for public worship on Ridge Road between Niagara and Genesee Rivers north of Batavia Erected in 1824 — Map (db m78244) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — Five Mile House
Five Mile House Later known as Ball's Tavern. Built in 1816 by John Huff. Here the mail carriers between Canandaigua and Lewiston used to stop over night. — Map (db m101136) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — Gaines District No.5 1849 School House
Was used until 1952. Made of lake-washed stone it is one of over 900 cobblestone masonry buildings built in N.Y. State from 1825 to 1860. Marker in memoriam Elwood Lawrence, Teacher, 1951-52 — Map (db m78242) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — Home of Katherine Belle Rowley
Home of Katherine Belle Rowley 1870-1936 Teacher, farmer, author of "The Historic Ridge," erected DAR historic markers 1st Orleans Co. Historian May 14, 1934 — Map (db m92507) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — Niagara to Genesee Historic Ridge Road
"I sing of the great Ridge Road, Of the highway our children shall see That lies like a belt on Ontario's shore Carved out in wisdom of ages before For the races that yet are to be." TREK—DE WITT CLINTON—1810 "In the great work . . . — Map (db m78216) HM
New York (Orleans County), Gaines — Pioneer Settler
March 3, 1807 this land was chosen by the first settler in the town of Gaines, 8 on Ridge Rd in Orleans County, Mrs. Elizabeth Gilbert — Map (db m78243) 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 (Orleans County), Holley — 1823 Canal Bed
1823 Canal Bed Site of the only original loop of "Clinton's Ditch," still visible west of Rochester — Map (db m92512) HM
New York (Orleans County), Holley — First Norwegian Immigrants Landed in Holley, 1825
1. Fifty-two "Sloopers," the first group of Norwegian immigrants to North America, departed from Stavanger on July 4, 1825. Fifty-three arrived in New York City on October 9, a baby having been born en route. 2. Their 54 feet long slop, the . . . — Map (db m92529) HM
New York (Orleans County), Holley — Holley Railway Depot
. . . — Map (db m92511) HM
New York (Orleans County), Holley — In Honor of All Veterans
In honor of all veterans who served to insure freedom in our nation — Map (db m92510) WM
New York (Orleans County), Holley — In Memory of All Those Servicemen
In memory of all those servicemen who made the supreme sacrifice in World War I World War II Korea Lebanon Grenada Panama Persian Gulf — Map (db m92533) WM
New York (Orleans County), Holley — State Street
100 years ago, Italian immigrants first settled here. This was Holley's "Little Italy," a rich part of our American heritage. Dedicated October 12 1992 — Map (db m65369) HM
New York (Orleans County), Holley — The Holley Loop The Canalway Trail
The Holley Loop The unusually deep ravine formed by the east branch of the Sandy Creek presented a difficult engineering problem for the builders of the original Erie Canal in the early 1820s. Engineers decided to diverge from the canal's general . . . — Map (db m92515) HM
New York (Orleans County), Kendall — First Settlers
First Settlers Clark's Settlement Made by following families. Clark, Bates, Priest, Randall, Balcolm, Ross, Manley in this vicinity in 1812-1817 — Map (db m90140) HM
New York (Orleans County), Kendall — In Memory of All the Men and Women From Kendall
In memory of all the men and women from Kendall who served their contry in times of conflict and peace. We thank you. — Map (db m90790) WM
New York (Orleans County), Kendall — Norway Colony
Norway Colony Site of first Norwegian settlement in America, 1825. The "Sloopers" were the first immigrant group to travel on the completed Erie Canal. — Map (db m90135) HM
New York (Orleans County), Kendall — Peerson Home
On this site, Cleng Peerson agent for the first Norwegians in America who settled in Kendall in 1825, built log home, cellar wall remains — Map (db m78636) HM
New York (Orleans County), Kendall — The Sloopers
S/N The Sloopers First Norwegian Settlement in America in modern times Made by Cleng Peerson and 50 immigrants from the sloop "Restoration", 1825 — Map (db m78635) HM
New York (Orleans County), Lyndonville — First Blacksmith
Consider Peabody 1817 Became part of William Gray foundry torn down 1952 for park. Flaghorse collars were made nearby. — Map (db m72131) HM
New York (Orleans County), Lyndonville — Lyndonville
First Post Office opened 1846. Incorporated in 1903. Fire company organized in 1906. Public water line from Lake Ontario 1924. — Map (db m72132) HM
New York (Orleans County), Lyndonville — Our Honored Dead
Our Honored Dead World War I Ernest Harris Howard Houseman John Lyell Potter World War 2 Herbert Tanner Oliver McCanty Homer M. Pringle Harry G. Cooper Newell C. Breed George F. Staller Charles B. Squire Gordan MacMillan Elton H. . . . — Map (db m108723) WM
New York (Orleans County), Lyndonville — Yates Pier
275 ft. long built 1850 by Nathan Gilbert used to ship lumber & grain H.A. Botsford customs agent passenger ships & freighters docked — Map (db m102987) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — 1860 Home Of George Anthony
1824 - George Anthony - 1896 Capt. 17th Orleans Battery Duration of Civil War. Newspaperman Cousin Susan B. Kansas Governor 1877-79 — Map (db m72103) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Bent's Opera House - 1864 Medina Downtown Historic District Bent's Hall Restoration Project
Built in 1864 by Don C. Bent and served as the social center of the village and surrounding area until the early 20th century. At that time the third floor opera house was abandoned. The second floor remained home to a fraternal organization until . . . — Map (db m83218) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Burial Ground
American Revolution soldiers John C. Ryan and Joseph A. Wyman are buried here along with many early pioneers of the Town of Shelby First burial was 1814. — Map (db m65926) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Circus Pioneer
Andrew Downey McFee 1863- 1930 Big three ring circus owner wintered animals at home here. Pioneered moving circus with trucks. — Map (db m77869) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — D.A.A. Buck Home
1840-1904 D.A.A. Buck Home Inventor of the Waterbury watch and builder of the smallest steam engine in the world. Invented Medina's first clock, the "Monitor". — Map (db m77868) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Dedicated to All Military Veterans
Dedicated to all military veterans who have served unselfishly in the defense of our nation's freedom — Map (db m77918) WM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Earliest Church
St. John's Episcopal Church Organized in 1827 Building erected in 1832 "The church in the middle of the street"- Ripley — Map (db m78045) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Frances Folsom First Lady
Lived here in the mid-1870's with her grandmother and attended Medina High School. In 1886, at age 21, she wed Pres. Grover Cleveland. — Map (db m79691) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Frederick Douglass
[south side] Frederick Douglass abolitionist and statesman spoke in the Methodist Episcopal church that stood at this place, April 3, 1849 during an extended visit to Orleans County. [north side] Frederick Douglass delivered a renowned . . . — Map (db m83143) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Grover Cleveland & Frances Folsom Area 6
Grover Cleveland and Oscar Folsom were both Buffalo lawyers and law partners. Upon the untimely death of Oscar Folsom in July, 1875, his young daughter Frances departed the Queen City to live in Medina with her grandmother, Mrs. Ruth Harmon. . . . — Map (db m83242) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — In Honor of Our Departed Comrades
In honor of our departed comrades in the World War 1917 - 1918 — Map (db m77921) WM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — John Ryan 1801-96 / Medina Sandstone
[facing west] John Ryan 1801-96 The first to establish a stone quarry business here in 1837 naming his product Medina Sandstone. (over) [facing east] Medina Sandstone Used for paving blocks, walks, curbs and in . . . — Map (db m77920) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Medina Armory
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. Built 1901 — Map (db m83289) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Medina Fire Department Area 10 Charge the hose!
The means by which citizens fought fires in the early days of the village were primitive at best. Bucket brigades were the main means of fighting fires. Early village law required every homeowner to have two buckets located close to an outside door, . . . — Map (db m78042) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Medina Sandstone Area 7 Patrick O'Grady: Sandstone Builder
Born in 1828 in County Mayo, Ireland, Patrick O'Grady was well known for designing and building some of Medina's finest sandstone buildings. Among others, Medina's First Baptist Church and Bent's Opera House are credited to him. In 1863, the . . . — Map (db m78043) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — On This Site Circa 1919 Alonzo L. Waters
Let it be known to all who read this: On this site circa 1919 Alonzo L. Waters (Publisher & Editor 1919-1980) began the Journal-Register newspaper. Mr Waters and his son, Robert F. Waters (Publisher Emertius), promoted the daily activities of . . . — Map (db m83140) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Second Lieutenant John E. Butts Company E, 60th Infantry United States Army
Citation: Lieutenant Butts heroically led his platoon against the enemy in Normandy, France, on 14, 16, and 23 June 1944. Despite being painfully wounded on the 14th near Orglandes and again on the 16th while spearheading an attack to establish a . . . — Map (db m81921) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — The Last Blacksmith Shop in Orleans County
The last blacksmith shop in Orleans County stood near this site. It was owned by John W. Cielewich (1894-1977), in whose memory this plaque is dedicated. The property was presented to the Village of Medina by his family. — Map (db m81967) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Valor, Honor, Virtue, Courage, Duty
[Counter-clockwise from the side of pentagon that faces the corner] Valor Company F, World War II. Mustered into Federal Service at Fort McClellan, Alabama, October 23, 1940. Charles N. Morgan, Colonel, Commanding the 108th Infantry, Medina, New . . . — Map (db m83255) WM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Vietnam
Bravery - Honor - Death Rolland B. Shubbuck USAF Roger J. Cook USMC Chales L. Seefeldt, Jr., USA LeRoy H. Keller USMC Nicholas A. Natale USA John E. Albanese, Jr. USAF George M. Underdown USA — Map (db m65930) WM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — Welcome to Historic Medina Area 1 City Hall and Visitors Center
Standing prominently on the corner of Main Street and Park Avenue, Medina's landmark sandstone City Hall welcomes all who enter the village's Historic Downtown District. Over one hundred years later, Medina remains a village, but "City Hall" endures . . . — Map (db m78027) HM
New York (Orleans County), Medina — White's Hotel 345 Main Street
Known most commonly as White's Hotel, this building has had several different names throughout its history. Built by Botsford Fairman back in 1834, Fairman's Arcade housed a grocery, a bank, an insurance office and more. In 1869, it was sold to . . . — Map (db m102958) HM
New York (Orleans County), Murray — 1732 1799 To Honor and Commemorate
1732 1799 To honor and commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington and the men who fought in the American Revolution and sleep in the Town of Murray. Robinson Smith, Life Guard of Washington Asa Clark, the . . . — Map (db m109966) HM
New York (Orleans County), Murray — Balcom's Mills
Balcom's Mills Site of flour and grist mill erected 1834 by Heil Brockway and Abner Balcom. Saw mill on north end of dam erected 1837 — Map (db m92521) HM
New York (Orleans County), Murray — The Transit Line
The Transit Line This boulder marks the boundary line between The Holland Purchase → and ← The Connecticut Tract as established in 1798 — Map (db m92508) HM
New York (Orleans County), Ridgeway — 1833 Servoss-Hagood House National Register of Historic Places
1833 Servoss-Hagood House National Register of Historic Places A fine example of Greek revival architecture, the Servoss-Hagood House is further distinguished by its plank-on-plank construction. The home was built by Erie Canal workers, . . . — Map (db m83357) HM
New York (Orleans County), Ridgeway — 1st Religious Society
1st Religious Society Town of Ridgeway Organized August, 1817 Recipient of Gospel Lot from Holland Land Company First church dedicated 1832 — Map (db m92495) HM
New York (Orleans County), Ridgeway — Historic Ridge Road
← Genesee to Niagara → Historic Ridge Road Trail of the Iroquois Traced by Eli Granger in 1798 Trek - DeWitt Clinton - 1810 Seymour Murdock first permanent settler of the town of Ridgeway located on this property in 1810. One . . . — Map (db m83292) HM
New York (Orleans County), Ridgeway — Ridgeway - 1812
Ridgeway - 1812 Eli Moore opened a tavern on present hotel site 1811. Ridge first Indian trail then stagecoach route. — Map (db m92493) HM
New York (Orleans County), Ridgeway — The Culvert Road
Only road under the Erie Canal in Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Culvert built in 1823. — Map (db m81992) HM
New York (Orleans County), Ridgeway — The Medina Culvert
The first and only road culvert ever built under the Erie Canal passes directly below here. The culvert was built in 1823 during construction of Clinton's Ditch. Its cornerstone, which still exists, is part of the foundation of the Vernon Toussaint . . . — Map (db m81988) HM
New York (Orleans County), Ridgeway — Unlock the Adventure The Canalway Trail An Agricultural Highway
[east side] Welcome to the Canalway Trail System, offering hundreds of miles of scenic trails and numerous parks for walking, bicycling, cross country skiing and other recreational activities. The Canalway Trail parallels the New York State Canal . . . — Map (db m82030) HM
New York (Orleans County), Shelby — Charles Stielow
Charles Stielow Nearly executed following a 1915 double murder that occurred here, he was later exonerated through forensics in a famous case. — Map (db m81860) HM
New York (Orleans County), Shelby — Millville 1815
Academy 1832. Quaker Meeting House 1841. Methodist Church 1834. Congregational Church 1870. General Store 1819. — Map (db m72154) HM
New York (Orleans County), Shelby — Millville Cemetery
Est. 1871 Millville Cemetery Early Quaker burial ground 1875 vault and stonewall built of Medina sandstone. Chapel built 1894. — Map (db m92551) HM
New York (Orleans County), Shelby — Neuter Fort
Neuter Fort Occupied in 14th century by Neuter Indians. Only double palisaded fort in New York State. Destroyed by Iroquois 1650. — Map (db m82063) HM
New York (Orleans County), Yates — Six-Sided House
Built by Godfrey Tarbox. Greek revival style. Six- sided rooms with triangle closets. Frieze windows. In 1981 owned by Baun Family. — Map (db m78307) HM
New York (Orleans County), Yates — Yates Academy
Founded 1841 by Peter Saxe for higher education. First year attendance 161. Incorporated 1842. Moved here 1847. Closed 1889. — Map (db m72190) HM

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