05/13/15 8:00am
05/13/2015 8:00 AM

Cleaves Kuester House

To the Editor:

As the resident owner of Historic Laurel House, home of the first mile marker laid in the Town of Southold, I find the debate about the stones’ origins quite fascinating. But our celebrating the mile stones is not contingent on whether the markers known in Long Island lore as “Ben Franklin milestones” were planted as a result of his mapping the North Fork’s postal route nor on whether they later came to be identified with him as a result of his having served as postmaster, first by British crown appointment and then by Continental Congress appointment.  (more…)

04/27/15 8:00am
04/27/2015 8:00 AM
George Cork Maul, a Southold Town 375th Anniversary Committee member, in front of a mile markers along Main Road in Peconic. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

George Cork Maul, a Southold Town 375th Anniversary Committee member, in front of a mile markers along Main Road in Peconic. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

There were a lot of things Benjamin Franklin accomplished in his life.

The Founding Father invented bifocal lenses and the lightning rod, was a successful newspaper printer, served as America’s diplomat to Paris during the Revolutionary War and signed both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

But one thing he did not do, local historians now say, was place mile markers along Southold Town’s Main Road.  (more…)