Every great community starts at a river. You can trace the earliest form of our community to a spot where three rivers meet. Painted Post, New York is located at the convergence of the Conhocton, and Tioga that form the Chemung River. These rivers form an unstoppable spirit that travels all the way to the Chesapeake Bay. That spirit is alive today in the convergences of the communities of the Town of Erwin, Village of Painted Post, and Gang Mills. Those are the communities, citizens, and leaders of Painted Post. The people of Painted Post harnessed the rivers and created industry, commerce, and innovation. Now a player in the global economy, Painted Post's spirit carries out in photonics, research, and the manufacture of compressors and turbines. Painted Post is located just west of Corning, New York at the intersection of I-86 and Route 15 (future I-99).
Welcome to Finger Lakes Wine Country. Painted Post and its surrounding communities offer some of the best housing, education, entertainment, culture, and recreation in the Southern Tier of New York State. That's what makes Painted Post-Erwin the fastest growing community in Upstate New York. Visit our New York State Land Management Area, for hiking, biking, and picnics. Find great freshwater fishing that includes small mouth bass, trout, and walleye. Stop at Village Square for shopping, professional services, financial services, and restaurants. Parking is free in Village Square. National retailers, such as Home Depot, Wal-Mart, are located in Gang Mills. How about a round of golf at Indian Hills Golf Club? Come to where the 3 rivers are and find the best. For personalized service and information on the Painted Post Area please call 607.962.8997 or toll free 866.463.6264
Why Painted Post?
When explorers and early settlers first arrived in western New York state in the 1780s, they were puzzled by a carved, wooden post which stood in the Indian Territory at the point where the Conhocton and Tioga Rivers meet to form the Chemung River. This crudely shaped post, first reported by General Freegift Pachen, had the figures of 28 men cut into it, and the figures were painted red. No one knew what the post of these figures represented. No answer to this puzzle has ever been found, but, because of the wooden post, this area came to be known as "The Lands of the Painted Post". In time, as pioneers settled the area in the late 1700s, a town would be created at the junction of the 3 rivers. That town took the unique name of "Painted Post".
What About The Indian Statue In Village Square?
That statue finds its beginnings in the same post discovered by General Pachen. Somewhat later a folk tale grew up which explained that the post marked the burial place of a great Indian chief who died about 1779. It was reputed that John Montour, grandson of famous Catharine Montour, after being wounded at Freeland's Fort on July 28, 1779 on the Susquehanna , was brought to Painted Post where he died and was buried. Historically, this is impossible because John Montour, although he was wounded, lived until 1830 and is buried at Big Tree, near the Genesee River.
Whatever its meaning, there is no doubt that the residents have a special affection for the symbol and persist in perpetuating it. One tradition says that the original post was taken to Centerville, NY about 1801. When it returned it was kept in the tavern, before it disappeared again after an especially spirited brawl. In any event, the town folk erected another oak post in 1803. This post became the victim of the elements and souvenir seekers who removed pieces.
John Wygant, in 1824, created a sheet iron Indian weathervane that was mounted on a 30-foot shaft. This creation is a valuable example of folk art, depicting a contemporary warrior dressed in ruffles and finery, including a plume on his hat. The artist received one cow in payment for this work. The image is preserved in the Town of Erwin history collection. A second sheet iron Indian was dedicated in 1880.
In 1894 a cast figure representing the legendary John Montour was erected on a substantial fifteen-foot stone pedestal in the intersection of Hamilton and Water Streets. During a severe windstorm in November 1948, it was blown down and shattered. Plans were immediately made to restore it.
On May 30, 1950, a newly designed bronze figure created by Norman Phelps was erected. Norman Phelps was a former art teacher at Painted Post who continued at West from 1963 to his retirement in 1966. He passed away April 23, 2002. The bronze figure shows a warrior, arm raised in greeting, standing before a representation of the original post. Following the construction of the new Painted Post business district, the monument was moved from its original location in the middle of the street to a safer corner at the Hamilton and Water Street intersection.
Painted Post, NY is located at the junction for Rt 15 and I-86 (Rt 17).
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