Mt. Upton, Today and Yesterday

Eugene Brooks' photo - Mt Upton White Cross between there & Rockwells Mills.

Eugene Brooks’ photo – Mt Upton White Cross between there & Rockwells Mills.

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The first settler in Mt. Upton was Eli Place, who came in 1792 and built a fur trading post. It was a large log building which burned in 1813 located on the site of the later hotel.

Guerdon Chamberlayne and his brother Wyatt, William Hyer and John Secoir came in the fall of 1792. About 1800, he built a sawmill up the creek. The mill quit sawing in 1842 for lack of water power.

Wyatt Chamberlayne took up land south of Rockwell Mills, which was then called Union. John Secoir settled at Latham Corners and William Hyer bought and cleared the farm owned by Mrs. Edward Stone. Nathaniel Hyer cleared the Twitchell farm.

Credit to Mert Brownell and the Unadilla Valley and the Unadilla Valley Historical Society


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jewell Hayes
    Jan 04, 2011 @ 14:50:12

    These are great pictures and am so glad that they are posted here. I recognize Jerry Baker’s handwriting on lots of them so think they must have been some that the Historical Society was collecting. Thank you all so much for the great work that you are doing. I know how much time is involved.


  2. Dick Walters
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 18:55:35

    In the pictures of the Baptist Church it has the original steeple that was destroyed by lightning sometime in the late 1940, or early 1950s. When it was struck it, was app. mid afternoon and I was on our front watching the thunder storm and pieces of the steeple flew all over the place. There were no injuries and no fire, just one very loud bang of thunder.


  3. Bill
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 15:26:28

    Jewell Barefield Hayes 3:05pm Jan 13

    It was the New Berlin Junction Depot located at East Guilford and moved to the Graves site on August 17, 1977. I have a detailed scrapbook and pictures that I will post. The top section had to be removed so that it would fit under the overhead wires. Dexheimer moved the building for us. Then the original roof boards were replaced but we were unable to save the slate roof. The door was missing and Sidney Center gave us their depot door. The museum was dedicated in a ceremony on July 8, 1978. Jerry Baker and I were the co-chairmen of this effort. Jerry bought the building for $1.00 at a county tax sale. The Historical Society raised the necessary money by publishing two books. One was historical pictures, the other was Mert’s book. There was lots of interest in history at that time because it was near the bicentennial.


  4. Jean Stratton Barto
    Nov 08, 2013 @ 19:24:14

    Happened on your site earlier today. My father, Stuart Stratton, grew up in Mount Upton and lived in the yellow house on Bridge Street (at the intersection of Routes 8 and 51) that was occupied by his mother (Fanny Cole Stratton) and older sister (Anita Stratton) until the early 1970’s. I remember visiting there as a child and teenager. My father sold the house around 1973 after my Aunt Anita fell, broke her hip, and could no longer stay in the house on her own.

    I live in the Washington, DC area now and happened to be in Upstate NY for a college reunion this summer, and drove by and saw the house where my father grew up–and was totally dismayed at how run down it was–and that the barn in the back was almost totally collapsed. My last “drive-by” was in 2007, and while the house looked run down on the outside, it did not appear as unkempt then as now. The house used to be quite nice on the inside, with a beautiful winding staircase going from the living room to the second floor. God knows what the house looks like on the inside now!

    My Aunt Anita Stratton was a bookkeeper at the milk plant, and I think my grandfather (Henry Stratton, who died before I was born) worked at the milk plant also. My parents and I visited my grandmother and aunt more or less every other Sunday during my childhood, and my father took care of routine house repairs that my grandmother and aunt could no longer manage. I also remember my father taking me occasionally to a “swimming hole” not far from the house during some of the warmer summer days, and also going to the Old Mill restaurant on occasion for Sunday dinner.

    Anyway, I really enjoyed seeing the pictures. Please say “hello” to George Seneck (current GIlbertsville Town Supervisor) for me if you see him. We attended SUNY Cortland at the same time in the mid-1970’s and took many of the same history classes together.


    Jean Stratton Barto
    Alexandria, VA


  5. Susan Pollard-Walker
    Sep 07, 2017 @ 09:11:32

    While vacationing on Grand Manan Island this summer, we saw a horse drawn hearse in their museum. I wondered if it had been made in Mt. Upton. I remembered a news paper article from the late 50s that said Mr. Upton was famous for its hearses. Does anyone have information on the shop that built these carriages? Sue Walker (Kingman)


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