Ezra Wilmarth

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6983 Boughton Hill Rd
Victor, NY 14564
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Ezra Wilmarth
Opened stagecoach inn here Dec. 25, 1815. Original inn sign had masonic emblem. Soldiers of the War of 1812 gathered on this site

Erected

By the State Education Department — 1936

What was there

Ezra Wilmarth of Massachusetts, one of the first pioneer settlers of the Town of Victor, had his Federal-style brick tavern here. The Wilmarth Tavern served the stagecoach line that led from Albany, through Canandaigua, to Rochester until 1824. During the War of 1812, local soldiers did training exercises on the front of the property.

Boughton Hill, on which this property resides was once the Seneca village of Gannagaro.

What is there now

The building is now a private residence.

More information

Excerpts from  “A history of Ontario County, New York and its people, Volume 1”, by Charles F. Milliken reads:

The summer of 1816 was an extremely cold season crops were a failure and the people suffered intensely for the want of grain. Asa Hecox found upon examination that he would not have enough to supply his family and he afterward said that a kind Providence sent them all the fever and ague and their grain proved sufficient. Ezra Wilmarth was also short of grain and he went to a mill on Mud creek near Lapham’s for meal. He was asked by the miller, who was a Quaker, if he owned a horse. He replied that he did. When asked if he had money, the reply was again in the affirmative. The miller then said that he must go to Seneca Falls for his meal, as his neighbors, who had neither horses nor money, wanted all that he had. Not being able to procure meal at any nearer place, Mr. Wilmarth went to Seneca Falls.
Ezra Wilmarth, who was a prominent man in the early settlement, came here in 1796 and located in the southwestern part of the town, afterward moving to Boughton hill, where he built the brick house, now owned by Herman Greene, which he opened as a hotel in 1816. His old sign weather beaten and worn by age is in the possession of Mr Greene. 

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Posted: October 2, 2012

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