BARNS along the RIVER


The St Lawrence River between Canada and the United States


The Boldt Farm located on Wellesley Island


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Town of Clayton

   The Town of Clayton boasts the unusual Zenda Farm described below.  As in other towns in Jefferson County, there are a number of active farms, but most of the Riverfront properties have been converted to commercial or recreational use.  Compiler also had great great grandparents who lived and farmed in the Town.  Their farm, acquired in the 1860's, is now the site of Mils Motel on Rte 12.


The Zenda Farm is located on lands once owned by some of the oldest families in the community, once by Anthony Potter, a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars.  He died in 1862 and after passing through several hands, it was acquired by Merle Youngs who built these steel Jamesway barns.  It became a show place in Jefferson County by the late 1930's.  It is now owned by the Thousand Islands Land Trust whose offices are on Riverside Drive in Clayton NY.  The TILT is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the River and surrounding environs. 


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In nice shape on Rte 12, a short distance from Clayton Village CLbearup10.JPG (123513 bytes)

An old barn, in connection with a farm from the days before the Civil War, has been restored by Dave Montrois.  Note the single pin hinge of a much earlier age.  The interior timbers are arranged in an unusual fashion, at angles.

Conjecture is that because of its location, the farm may have been used in connection with the Mystery of Maple Island, and the conspirators in the assassination of President Lincoln. 


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Off Rte 12 on May Irwin Road off Rte 12.


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