Hanover Installs Five Bicentennial Markers

HANOVER – A major component of the Hanover Bicentennial celebration was the installation of five more New York state historical markers in Chautauqua County.

This project, which began in 2008, was planned and executed by Vince Martonis, town of Hanover historian. Martonis was able to secure private donations to cover about half of the cost of the five-year project. All of the markers are located in the town of Hanover.

The first marker honored George F. Abbott, noted Broadway director and producer, and is located on Route 39 in the village of Forestville in front of Cave’s convenient store.

The second marker noted an American Revolution event that involved Hanover. This marker is located at the Hanover Boat Launch in Sunset Bay.

The third marker was installed to highlight the gifted Mormon leader James J. Strang. The location is at the intersection of King and Dennison roads.

The fourth marker was placed to honor historian and archaeologist Everett R. Burmaster of Irving. It is located at the intersection of Buffalo Road and routes 5 and 20 in Irving.

The final marker was installed this past October to commemorate The Lincoln Maple. It is located in Balltown near the intersection of Allegany and Mackinaw roads.

Each marker event was accompanied by an issue of The Hanover Historical, a newsletter published by the historian. Anyone wishing any of these five issues may contact the historian at 985-4141 or vmartonis@gmail.com to have them emailed or mailed.