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Pomfret — Est. 1805

February 5, 2010
Observer Today
The first settler, Zattu Cushing, came to Pomfret in February 1805 to set up his household. Cushing came here to settle because he had passed through the area a few years earlier on his way home from Presque Isle, near Erie, where he had been hired to supervise the building of a ship to be called ‘‘The Good Intent’’. He was so impressed with the area, that he decided to come back and settle as soon as possible.

Zattu Cushing can no longer be found at his home in town, although you can still visit him in the Pioneer Cemetery in Fredonia, but the charm of the area remains to this day.

The Town of Pomfret was formed in 1808 from the town of Chautauqua, being the first partition of Chautauqua after the county was formed. Pomfret later lost substantial parts of its territory during the formation of five new towns of the county.

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