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In 1788, Elijah Blackman settled on what would later be known as Cork Island in the Chenango River. Three years later, after a harrowing journey, Blackman’s two oldest sons and 11-year old adopted daughter Polly arrived. The owner of the land, Benjamin Hovey, arrived that same year and named the new settlement Oxford, after his hometown in Massachusetts.

Funding provided by a grant from Empire State Development.

Links:
Path Through History: http://paththroughhistory.iloveny.com/
WSKG’s Path Through History: http://www.wskg.org/pth

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