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Mathew Brady historical marker installed

This new historical marker at the Wevertown Community Center marks the hamlet as the birthplace of Mathew Brady, famed Civil War photographer.

This new historical marker at the Wevertown Community Center marks the hamlet as the birthplace of Mathew Brady, famed Civil War photographer. Photo provided

— Paying respects to one of Johnsburg’s illustrious natives, a new sign placed at the Wevertown Community Center announces Civil War photographer Mathew Brady’s nearby birthplace.

A dedication ceremony is planned for Thursday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at the site.

The New York state-approved sign, with gold lettering on a blue background, describes the famous Civil War photographer as being born near the site in 1822.

Census records from 1830 indicate that the Brady family lived in northern Warren County just west of today’s Route 28, which was then the old The Glen to Wevertown Road.

Mathew Brady left the Town of Johnsburg at 16, and the talented young man quickly rose to become a nationally-known portrait photographer of historical figures, presidents and generals.

He is best known as a pioneer of battleground photography for his Civil War photographs documenting the horrors of the national struggle.

The National Archives and Records Administration makes available online 6,000 digitized photos of the Civil War taken by Brady and his employees. Brady’s efforts resulted in the largest single collection of Civil War information available in the United States.

Officials and county historical societies have been invited to the dedication ceremony Nov. 10 at the Wevertown Community Center. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome.

The Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region, a component fund of Adirondack Community Trust, provided financial support towards this project.

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