Jefferson County, NY

Roadside Signs of Jefferson County

Like everyone else, I have observed the New York state cast iron, blue and yellow markers alongside Jefferson county roads, mostly in the early 1930s. Each one marks the location of an important historical event or structure. This project will list some information about each marker, giving some notice of events in this county that may have been forgotten. At least they will serve as hints for researching our history.

Pomeroy refers to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation who paid for the signs. T.I. SAR refers to the Thousand Island Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, who requested them as part of a project honoring Veteran burials in Jefferson county.

Y - indicates I have a photo of the sign which will be posted when I decide on a format

If anyone knows of other roadside markers, please email me their location. Not just cast iron signs but others such as the Rope Walk Markers.

The New York State signs have a map of the state and the words "New York" at the top, name of the department paying for the sign at the bottom, along with the year erected.

Text for signs "Sign Missing" taken from Wikipedia searches

The Pomeroy signs have their name, year erected and the number of the sign at the bottom. On top they have a circular copy of the Empire State Society, Son of the American Revolution emblem.

A few examples and their abbreviations.
State Education Department - SED
WGP - William G. Pomeroy Foundation

Pomeroy & T.I. SARPatriot Burials - Adams State Road Cemetery, AKA Honeyville cemetery. Burials as early as 1814. Seven Revolutionary War veterans interred here - WGP 2019, 588Adams State Road Cemetery, Rt 177, Adams Center, NY Y
Pomeroy & T.I. SARPatriot Burials - Adams Rural Cemetery Burials as early as 1801, twelve Revolutionary War Veterans and two U.S. Congressman interred here - WGP 2019, 589Adams Rural Cemetery, US Rt 11, Adams, NY Y
Pomeroy & T.I. SARPatriot Burials Union Cemetery, Burials as early as 1810. Revolutiinary War Veterans Asa Maxon & Isreal Warriner interred here, WGP 2019, 596Union Cemetery, US Rt 11, Adams Center, NY Y
Melvin DeweyBirthplace of Melvin Dewey 1851-1931, Librarian and Educator, Creator of he Dewey Decimal System,
In memory of Helen C. Whitney
East side of US Rt 11, in village, just north of the stoplightN 43.86084°
W 076.00504°
Redwood Glass
Pomeroy Sign 2018 #503
Site of window glass factory est. 1833 by John S. Foster, closed permanently ca. 1881. Hamlet of Jamesville was renamed for company ca. 1834. NYS 37 & Pine St., Village of Redwood Y
Brown Mansion
SED 1932
Home of Gen. Jacob Brown, Commander Northern Frontier Forces, War of 1812, Commanding General U.S. Army 1821 until his death in 1828 County Rt. 54, Village of BrownvilleN 44.00507° W 075.98385°Y
1st Presbyterian Church, Dexter
SED 1939
Founded July 2, 1839 with eighteen members, Pastor, Rev. Dexter ClaryKirby St., Village of DexterN 44.00507° W 075.98385° Y
Babcock Homestead
SED 1939
Erected 1832-33 by Jesse Babcock; site on Underground Railway, passing negro saves over the Canadian border Corner of Brown and Kirby Sts, Village of DexterN 44.00776° W 076.04485°Y
Cape Vincent    
Kent's Creek MillSite of First Grist in the Town of Cape Vincent
Built Prior to 1809
Where Co Rt 4 crosses Kent's CreekSign Missing 
Millens Bay
SED 1935
In June 1812 Abner Hubbard with other Americans crossed to Carleton Island
and captured FT. Haldimand with it's British Garrison
Corner of Cty Rts 6 & 7 Y
Sand Bay
NYS Highway
Sand Bay. One sided cast iron sign with name of location.Corner of Cty Rt 9 and NYS 12E Y
1812 Barracks
SED 1936
During theWar of 1812, American soldiers were housed in barracks erected here and at the foot of James street- SED 1936Cape Vincent,James & BroadwayN 44.12848°
W 076.33472°
Stone House
SED 1932
Stone House, Built in 1815 by James D. Le Ray de Chaumont. Here Canadian rebels were sheltered during Patriot War, 1838-SED 1932 Broadway on Western end of TownN 44.12598°
W 076.34206°
Cup & Saucer House
SED 1932
Cup and Saucer House - Built near this site by Count Piere Francois Real in 1816 as refuge for Napoleon. Burned 1867 - SED 1932James Street. In front of libraryN 44.12765°
W 076.33955°
French Catholic Church
SED 1932
French Cath. Church - Built here 1832 by early settlers. Heros of Napoleon's army & French refugees worshiped here - SED 1932Dezengremel Road, just south of RosiereN 44.11009°
W 076.25455°
Tibbit's Lighthouse
SED 1932
Tibbits Point Lighthouse - First in Jefferson County, Built 1827, rebuilt 1854 - SED 1932Tibbits PointN 44.10137°
W 076.37036°
Pomeroy & T.I. SAR
2019 #593
Patriot Burials - Hillside Cemetery, Burials as early as ca. 1805. At least Ten Revolutionary War Veterans interred hereHillside Cemetery, Cty Rt 47,Champion, NYN 44° 09.955'
W 076° 04.798'
Hubbard Home
Pomeroy 2016 #296
Noadiah Hubbard, Founder of Champion Vilage, built the stone homestead in 180. It passed to his eldest son, Hiram in 1831NYS 126, Champion, NYN 43° 57.681'
W 075° 41.266'
Hiram Hubbard
Pomeroy 2016
Hiram Hubbard House has been placed on the National Register of Historic places in 2009 by the United States Department of the InteriorNYS 126, Champion, NYN 43° 57.681' W 075° 41.258'Y
Church 1834-35Francis Depau Deeded Site For House Of Worship That Shall Forever At All Times Be Open And Free To The Use Of All DenominationsSchool Street, DePauville, NYSign Missing 
Elm Flat ChurchForty Rods To The East Stood The First Church In The Town Of Clayton A Log Buiding Built 1820 By The Free Wil BaptistsCty Rt 179 and NYS 12, ¾ mi NW of DePauville, NYSign Missing 
Barlett's PointBartlett's Point - American battery under Capt. McPherson on heights near river, erected November, 1813 - SED 1935North side Rt 12E, heading West from ClaytonN 44.22810°
W 076.10739°
Penet's SquarePenet Square - N.W. Corner of a tract ten miles square ceded to Peter Penet by the Oneida Indians September 22, 1788 - SED 1935South side Rt 12E, heading West from ClaytonN 44.23177°
W 076.09045°
McCarn HillMcCarn Hill - Site of log cabin belonging to Elijah McCarn, first President village of Clayton, Inc. 1872 - SED 1973East side of Rt 12, just south of villageN 44.22035°
W 076.07121°
Weteringhra GuentereWeteringhra Guentere - Ancient site of Algonquin fort & 1st land Pat. In county, 1789. Clayton vilage settled here 1820. - SED 1932North side Rt 12E, heading West from ClaytonN 44.23119°
W 076.09386°
Native PathwayNative Pathway - For millennia, indigenous tribes traveled this inland route beween the Saint Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, canoeing French Creek and the ChaumontRiver, with four miles of connecing portagesSouth end of Rt 178 bridge in DePauvilleN 44.13903°
W 076.06798°
Pomery - Road to the 19th Amendment
2019 # 13
Votes For Women-In August 1846 six women from Depauville petitioned NY State "to extend to women equal and civil and political rights with men"West side of NYS 12, North of Depauville, just past Cty Rt 9N 44.16592°
W 076.07996°:
Pomeroy & T.I. SARPatriot Burials - Ellisburg Cemetery, Burials as early as ca. 1805. Eleven Revolutionary War Veteans interred here - WGP 2019, 592Ellisburg Cemetery, Ellisburg, NY Y
Pomeroy & T.I. SARPatriot Burials - Carpenter Cemetery, burials as early as ca. 1800. Nine Revolutionry War Veterans interred here - WGP 2019 #581Carpenter Cemetery, NYS Rt 3, Henderson, NYJust south of Stony CreekY
Pomeroy & T.I. SARPatriot Burials - Muskelunge Cemetery, burials as early as ca. 1812. Six Revolutionary War Veterans interred here WGP 2019 #594Muskalonge Cemetery, Evans Rd, Town of Hounsfield, NY Y
SED 1932
Erected in 1812 for defense against the British attack, Stone house, the Tiesdale homestead, erected 1819W. Washington & S. Broad Sts, Sackets HarborN 43.9463°
W 076.12099°
Fort Chauncey
SED 1939
War of 1812, named for Commodore Isaac ChaunceyBroad & Main Sts, Sackets HarborN 43.94639°
W 076.11882°
Home of Dr. Samuel Guthrie
SED 1932
Born 1782-Died 1848, Discovered Chloroform, 1831, invented percussion caps, Surgeon in War of 1812NYS 75 & Hess Rd, Sackets HarborN 43.95169°
W 076.09232°
Union Hotel - April 1817
SED 1939?
Buil by Frederick Whte, 1st Masonic Lodge Jeffrson Co.,Ontario Lodge formed April 4, 1805, Athol Lodge formed 1818, Sackets Lodge formed 1848W. Main & Ray, Sackets HarborN 43.94854°
W 076.12284°
Sackett Mansion
SED 1935
Built by Col. Augustus Sackett 1801-1802, used as a hospital in War of 1812W. Main & Bayard, Sackets HarborN 43.94800°
W 076.12231°
Fort Virginia
SED 1939
War of 1812, Armed with 18 guns.W. Washington & Ambrose Sts, Sackets HarborN 43.94593°
W 076.12154°
Cable CarryRoue taken by the men who carried the 4 ton cable for the ship "Superior" twenty miles from Sandy Creek battlefield to Sackets Harbor in June 1814on Co. Rt. 75 near it's intersecion with NYS 3N 43.92779°
W 075.10816°
La Ray    
Pomeroy & T.I. SARPatriot Burials - Old Evans Mills Cemetery, Burials as early as ca. 1816. Twelve Revolutionary War Veterans interred here. WGP 2019, 595Old Evans Mills Cemetery, Evans Mills, NY Y
Log MillsSite of First Mill, erected 1819 at Log Mills. Renamed LaFargeville July 4, 1823 SED 1936Rt 180, LaFargeville, NY, across from libraryN 44.19341°
W 075.96660°
Toll Gate-1852Clayton Theresa Plank Road on Creek Six Rods South is Site of Cole's Saw Mill Built 1835-SED 1935Corner of Cty Rt 5 & Cty Rt 181N 44.19599°
W 075.98756°
Pomeroy & T.I. SAR
2019 #590
Patriot Burials-Brookside Cemetery Burials as early as 1807. At least 15 Revolutionary War Veterans interred here & NYS Governor Roswell FlowerBrookside Cemetery, Watertown, NYN 43.94210°
W 075.91599°

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