New Book Tells Where To Find All Historical Markers In County

New Book Tells Where To Find

All Historical Markers In County

Deb Mackenzie examines Revolutionary War veteran Abner Adams' marker in one of her favorite historic resting places.  (allotsego.com)
Deb Mackenzie examines Revolutionary War veteran Abner Adams’ marker in one of her favorite historic resting places. (allotsego.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • allotsego.com

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Deb Mackenzie had turned off Route 20 east of Richfield Springs and was driving slowly, slowly along Allen Lake Road.  She stared into forested obscurity.  And then, eureka!

Set back in the woods near that big house associated with the Butternut Barn gift shop was a state historical marker, rusty yellow lettering on faded blue:  “Butternut Road. Indian Trail from Fort Plain to Unadilla, on Map by British officer, 1757, during French and Indian War.”

“It took me quite a while,” she said the other day, while recounting how she’s spent the past two years solving the mystery of Otsego County’s historical markers.  “And I found it by mistake.”

Mackenzie, an Otsego County Historical Association director-at-large, has gone farther than anyone in figuring out the list of historical markers that appears on the State Museum website.  “Many are not correct,” she said.  “Many are not on the list.”

The results of her research may be found on the just-published “Historical Markers of Otsego County and Their Locations,” available from any OCHA board member.

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