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Sunday Rock on TAUNY's Landmark register
Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 7:53 am

TAUNY’s Register of Very Special Places (RVSP) is an inventory or register of cultural landmarks - sites in communities throughout the North Country that are special to the life of those communities. Sunday Rock in South Colton was recently added to the folklife organization’s Registry. Recently, Mary Jane Watson, Sally Swift Thomas, Marion Swift Thomas, and Evelyn Riehl (left to right) accepted the RVSP plaque for Sunday Rock from Varick Chittenden (center). The women, led by Sally Swift Thomas, were all part of an effort to preserve Sunday Rock, and recently achieved its inclusion on the state register of historic sites.  More photos of the plaque presentations can be seen in the Photo Gallery at www.TAUNY.org . At 11 feet and 64,000 pounds, the oblong boulder known as “Sunday Rock” has been the stuff of local legend for more than hundred years. It has been important to the people in and around South Colton for just as long. Twice, in 1925 and 1965, local citizens rallied to save it from demolition during highway construction, and it is now safely located in its own small park by Route 56. Stories of how the landmark got its name vary. Some accounts suggest it marked the point where the law and order of civilized communities to the north stopped and “there was no Sunday” because lumber camp life and work were the same every day of the week. Others tell of a preacher, seeking to bring the gospel to the people in that part of the woods, being told not to bother going past the boulder because beyond it there was no Sunday. Somewhat later, the rock began to stand for the freedom, sport, and leisure of the woods and mountains to the south of it. A nomination to the National Register of Historic Places is pending.

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