Double Historic Marker Dedication
Both historic markers honor the activities of two 19th Century Huron residents who lived just under five miles from each other. Reverend Fay Hovey Purdy (1816-1894) established a sawmill and shipping dock near Skipper’s Landing on Sodus Bay. A popular Methodist evangelist, Purdy also established in 1873, the Lake Bluff Methodist Camp. James Madison Cosad (1810-1893) came to Huron in 1856, buying considerable property at Chimney Bluffs and along Lummisville Road. It was at Cosad’s Liberal Hall on Lummisville Road that, in 1877, Cosad hosted some 2000 people from all around New York and New England for the first meeting of the Freethinkers Association of Central and Western New York. Appreciation goes out to the property owners of these two historic sites. For the Freethinkers/Cosad historic marker site – Cheryl Goral at 11059 Lummisville Road, Wolcott (Huron) and for the Purdy’s Dock historic marker site – Cathy and Paul Stewart at 7043 Lake Bluff Road, Wolcott (Huron) (just south of Skipper’s). To view the markers before or after the dedication, input those addresses into your GPS and enjoy!
We look forward to you joining us at the Huron Presbyterian Church Saturday afternoon, May 14, at 2PM for a short program about Cosad and Purdy and the double historic marker dedication followed by refreshments. All are welcome to attend.