The project for a new road indicates that the valley on the west side of the river north of Lawrenceville had become more or less cleared of the forest, and improvement demanded an outlet. The first bridge across the mouth of the Canisteo was not built till about 1833. The early inhabitants in all of these river valleys suffered much inconvenience, often serious peril by the spring and fall freshets that rendered fording impossible.
Notes by Kitty .
The road from Williamsport, Pa was called the Williamson Road after the founder of Bath, NY-- Col. Charles Williamson. It was started in 1792 in Nothumberland, Pa. The Block House is Liberty, Pa today. There is an annual Block House celebration there each summer.
Like most local residents, I was under the impression that the 1792 Road followed the path of old U.S. Rt.15 in Lindley until I read this article. It may explain why the Corning /Blossburg Railroad-1839/40 is on the east side of the Tioga River, also.
Thanks to Ellis Grist -(who grew up on the Koplin farm across the tracks from the present Harris Farm ), there is a copy of the deed of the Koplin/Grist farm ( Now in Town of Lindley Historian files at the Lindley Town Hall. ). The deed mentions a ford in the Tioga River on this property .This would be someplace close to the present Wetlands built during the I 99 highway construction. This FORD would have provided a crossing to the west side to the Tioga River
It is interesting to note that the designers of the present Interstate I99 -considered some of the same issues that Col. Williamson, Benjamin Patterson and the German road builders faced back in 1792..
The story of the building of the Williamson Road is a topic for another day. The Joyce Tice website has some of the story..
|Williamson Road Sign Morris Run-Arnot ,Pa Exit I99|
|Historic Roadside Marker Williamson Road 1792|