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There’s a George Washington Monument in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 July 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The Ridge Road Improvement Association put up this monument to George Washington and local Revolutionary War soldiers in 1932.

Photo by Tom Rivers

MURRAY – I noticed the big stone with the bronze marker for the first time yesterday on the way to the Kendall Firemen’s Carnival.

I had no idea we had a monument in honor of George Washington in Orleans County. But there it stands along Ridge Road at the Route 237 intersection, in front of a building across from the Murray Superette.

The marker was put up by the Ridge Road Improvement Association in 1932: “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.”

The marker list the names of Murray revolutionaries:

Robinson Smith, “Life Guard of Washington”

Asa Clark, “The Courier who carried the news to Washington of the attack on Throgs Neck.”

Captain Timothy Ruggles

William Jennings

Amos Frink

Captain Aaron Warren, “who built the first grist mill in the town of Murray”

The marker also notes that New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton stayed in a primitive log cabin near the spot during “an eventful horseback trip through Western New York in1810.” Clinton was the force behind getting the Erie Canal built.

There are several markers along Ridge Road. I’ll try to find out more about them.