Steamship Era

The steamship era was an exciting time as the lake steamers came into Sodus Point with coal for Canada and other lake ports. There were passenger services on the bay with docks at Charles Point, Lake Bluff, Bonnie Castle Resort and all of the islands. In Sodus Point, the steamers had their docks located on the south side [...]

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What’s New?

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Sept 19, 2014   I have added a three page article about the dedication ceremony written in 1927 of the Asher Warner and 1812 Peace Garden Plaques by the Daughters of 1812.   Read all about it by clicking on the Plaques tab on the top menu and then click either the 1812 Peace Garden Plaque submenu  or the [...]

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Travel Back in Time to Sodus Point in the Early 1900s

    Come with me in my time machine as I walk arround  Sodus Point in the early 1900s and narrate all the sights. Its a hopping place!   Click this link:  https://vimeo.com/50679130    

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Is this the Sodus Point Slave Tunnel?

  Ground Penetrating Radar has given us new evidence and information about the existence of the Underground Railroad Slave Tunnel in Sodus Point! Click the following link for the latest news:   http://www.historicsoduspoint.com/slaves-in-sodus-point/sodus-point-tunnel/the-sodus-point-tunnel-revealed/   Update as of 9/22/13: We had Ken Artl (who is  a Mason specializing in Cobblestone House Restorations) examine the tunnel and [...]

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Blessing of the Murals

 Blessing of the Murals In Sodus Point, New York from Historic Sodus Point This is the blessing of the murals that take place May 28 – June 1 and again July 11 – 16.  The shadow of the cross from the nearby Episcopal Church is positioned just right to make this happen! Amazingly, from the [...]

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WW II POW Camp

   Sodus Point WII POW Camp                 Was one of four WW II POW Camps in Wayne County The camps were necessary because of the severe labor shortage during the war Was located on what is now South Shore RV Park and White Birch Park and RV Campground [...]

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Norse Spear Head

 On Sodus Bay at Charles Point a Viking spear point was found in 1929 by Augustus Hoffman while repairing his boat. It was  properly identified from a study by the University of Toronto as being of Norse manufacture and dating to about 1000 AD.       The Spear Head now resides at the Wayne County Museum in Lyons, NY. For more information, click this link: [...]

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Historical Markers

The Great Lake Seaway Trail region was the vital transportation and communication link between France and her colonies. The struggle for control of this area was essential to the overall strategy for dominion of North America. Twenty years before American colonists declared their independence from Great Britain , another great conflict was fought between 1754 [...]

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Battle of Sodus Point Mural

The Battle of Troupesville, now called the Battle of Sodus Point, occurred on the crest of a hill (now the intersection of John and Bay Streets) on the evening of June 19th,1813 during the War of 1812. A group of approximately 50 patriots (a combination of poorly trained militia and local volunteers with no military [...]

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Native American Mural

The mural depicts Native Americans in the 1450s spear fishing near Chimney Bluffs.  The word “Sodus” is said by most to be derived from the Indian word “Assodorus,” meaning “silvery water.” Two Iroquois Nation tribes (Ca- yuga and Seneca) used the Sodus Bay area for their summer home due to the abundance of fish and [...]

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Underground Railroad in Sodus Point

        Sodus Point and the surrounding area were active in the Underground Railroad. From stories passed down, several safe houses were used to harbor “Freedom Seekers” included what is now Maxwell Creek B & B, Silver Waters B & B, the old Cohn Farm and the old Sodus Fruit Farm. Sodus Point [...]

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Railroad Coal Trestle

In 1884 the Northern Central Railroad bought the Sodus Point and Southern Railroad, creating a land-water shipping route from Pennsylvania to Canada. In 1886 a coal trestle, at the west end of the bay, was erected and a commercial coal shipping business started which served all ports on Lake Ontario. In 1927 the trestle was [...]

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Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum

  On May 26, 1824, Congress approved a lighthouse located on Sodus Bay in Sodus Point, NY. Building costs were estimated to be $4500.00 and the government allotted that amount for the building of the lighthouse. A publicly approved parcel of land was purchased from William Wickham for $68.75 and that is where the original [...]

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James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper (1789 – 1851) was the most celebrated American author of the first half of the 19th century. As a midshipman, he was stationed at Sodus Bay and grew to love the rustic beauty of the Bay. Later in life, it is reported that he returned to the area and in a rustic [...]

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Shipwrecks Off Sodus Point

Sodus Point is  known for three shipwrecks near its harbor: 1850s Canadian schooner Orcadian in Lake Ontario at Sodus Point, NY Canadian-built schooner Etta Belle, near Sodus Point, NY (video right) 1853 three-masted Canadian schooner Queen of the Lakes, near Sodus Point (bottom video) Shipwreck Explorers Discover 1850’s Canadian Schooner in Lake Ontario  In 2006, [...]

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Austin Steward

(1793 – 1860) ” I was born in Prince William County, Virginia. At seven years of age, I found myself a slave on the plantation of Capt. William Helm. Our family consisted of my father and mother – whose names were Robert and Susan Steward – a sister, Mary, and myself. As was the usual [...]

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Ice Harvesting on Sodus Bay

1835 – 1939 In past winters, Sodus Bay would freeze to a depth of 10 – 14 inches. From 1835 to electrification about 1939, two icehouses on the bay supplied homes and businesses with ice. A home required about 300 cakes of ice to cool the icebox all summer. A horse dragged an Ice Plow [...]

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Trolley

The Rochester and Sodus Bay Railroad ran trolleys from Rochester to Sodus Point from 1900 – 1929. The trolley was an important part of Sodus Point. Click the link below to learn more.   http://www.historicsoduspoint.com/commerce/trolley/

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Have a holley trolley Christmas

                              During most of the season, the newly erected trolley pole in Willow Park tells the story of the importance of the trolley to Sodus Point history. But for the Christmas season, it also doubles as a season greetings to residents [...]

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