Earliest Non-Indigenous Settler Marker

DeWitt Park Historic District

Earliest Non-Indigenous Settler Marker

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage


**This marker was removed in 2020 following regular public vandalism, and historic evidence of inaccuracy. The plaque is now held in The History Center in Tompkins County archival collections.**

This marker honors Robert MacDowell and Jonathan Woodworth, who built their cabins near this site, as the earliest settlers in Ithaca. Some historians, however, maintain that Peter Hinepaw, Jacob Yaple, and Isaac Dumond, who erected log cabins along Cascadilla and Six Mile creeks to the northeast and southeast of the park in 1789, were the first settlers.


This point of interest is part of the tour: DeWitt Park Historic District


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