|Hezekiah Coon Inn |
New York State Historic Marker
Beautiful Hezekiah Coon Inn is on Coon Brook Road in the Town of Petersburgh. The New York State historic marker reads:
First Town Meeting Held here
April 5, 1791. H.
Coon Moderator; J. Odell
Supervisor; J. Greene Clerk
The History of Petersburgh, New York provides some additional detail on the town's leaders during this event: "Moderator, Hezekiah Coon; supervisor, Jonas Odell; town clerk, John Greene; assessors, Benjamin Hanks, Randall Spencer and John Nichols; commissioners Abel Russel, Luke Greene and Matthew Randall; poormasters, David Randall and Hezekiah Coon."
I had to look up what a "poormaster" is. A poormaster is a supervisor of the relief of the poor. They would validate those who applied for relief and issue funds. "Moderator" refers to one who presides over a meeting -- similar, I imagine, to a meeting "facilitator" in today's parlance.
I find historical markers interesting and hope to eventually have a posting on all that are on, or near, the Plateau.
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