2 more markers, for muck and cobblestone house, are repainted

Staff Reports Posted 29 August 2015 at 12:00 am

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ELBA – A historical marker on Route 98 about the Elba Mucklands was reinstalled with a fresh coat of paint on Thursday.

The muck is turning 100 years old this year. It started in 1915 when the Oak Orchard and Tonawanda swamps were drained. The muck continues to be highly productive agriculture soil.

Melissa Ierlan, the Clarendon town historian, has cleaned up many of the local markers in need of fresh paint.

This marker is located by a big drainage ditch for the muck, just south of the Barre town line.

The marker was installed in 2002 as part of the 200th anniversary celebration for Genesee County. Here is how the marker looked before it was repainted.

Ierlan also repainted a marker for a cobblestone house on Ridge Road near the Cobblestone Museum.

Orleans County Historian Matt Ballard is pictured with the marker by the cobblestone house on Thursday.

Ierlan said residents are welcome to donate painting supplies or money for the marker facelifts.

She estimated it costs up to $30 to prime, paint and clear coat the markers. People could donate to the Clarendon Historical Society at the Clarendon Town Hall, 16385 Church St. or to the Cobblestone Museum on Ridge Road in Gaines.

People could also drop off Rustoleum #7727 royal blue quart or pint, #7747 sunburst yellow quart or pint, and a spray can of Rustoleum metal primer gray or white for the post. Ierlan also uses Rustoleum glossy black and a spray can of clear glossy.

Ierlan also painted this sign in the Brockville hamlet in Murray. It was reinstalled earlier this month.