Smith's Clove,

The Early History of the Village of Monroe, New York


Authored by Cornelia Wendell Bush 


Smith's Clove, the present-day Village of Monroe, NY, is named for its first settler, David Smith. He came from Long Island, purchased two lots of the Cheesecock Patent, and developed a farm, orchards and a grist mill. He and his sons lived in peace for a short while before the outbreak of the American Revolution. As Loyalists, they were harried, their property was seized, David himself was incarcerated on a ship on the Hudson River. Members of his family were executed, and a few escaped to Canada. His farm became the Village of Monroe at its incorporation in 1894. Members of our community came together to commemorate the Centennial of that event, and we published a book called the Celebration of the Century, the History of the Village of Monroe. At that time, I provided a portion of this book and allowed it to be incorporated into that one. Originally drafted in 1993, this is the 2015 edition.




About the Author:

Cornelia Wendell Bush is the former President of the Heritage Preservation Committee of Monroe, Vice President of the Town of Monroe Historical Society, and

served on the Village of Monroe's Architectural Appearance Review Board, Planning Board, and Centennial Committee. She also served as the National Co-Chairman for Marking & Preservation of Historic Sites of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, headquartered in Washington, DC. Cornelia was subsequently sworn in as the sixth Orange County Historian, and is the first woman to hold the Office. She is the six-greats granddaughter of David Smith, first settler of Smith's Clove, the present-day Village of Monroe. She graduated from the University of Virginia, Thunderbird/The American Graduate School of International Management, the nonprofit management program of Duke University, the Publishing Institute of New York University, and is a life member of Phi Sigma Iota International Honor Society. She is active in hereditary societies as a means of honoring her ancestors and preserving historic sites and structures.

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Jul 06 2015

1514331616 / 9781514331613


US Trade Paper

6" x 9"


Black and White

History / United States / State & Local / General

List Price: $9.95


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