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Seneca County will dedicate five new historical markers this summer

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This summer, Seneca County will dedicate five new historical markers funded by the William G Pomeroy Foundation in 2022. The markers will be placed in various locations throughout the county.

On June 3rd, two markers will be dedicated. The first, at 1:00 pm along County Road 153, will commemorate the Busy Bee Ferry site, which operated between King Ferry and Kidders from 1884 to 1911, transporting passengers, cargo, and mail. The second, to be dedicated at 3:00 pm along Route 414 in Lodi, will honor Silas Halsey, the first Seneca County Clerk who also represented the area in the State Legislature and US Congress.

Two more markers will be unveiled on July 8th. One will be placed at the entrance of Oak Hill Cemetery in McDuffie Town, which had its first burial in 1797 and is the resting place of veterans from all US wars from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam. The Baby Bear Building at Ovid Village Park will receive a marker as well, as it has served various roles, including as the site for the Seneca County Clerk, the Grand Army of the Republic CT Harris Post, and currently as the meeting space of the DG Caywood Camp of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War through a lease with Seneca County. These dedications will take place at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, respectively.

The final marker will be placed later in the summer at Lodi Point to mark the site of a major boat landing on Seneca Lake. The addition of these five markers will bring the total number of historic markers in Seneca County to 60.