Mount Morris began like most small towns in the 1800's, as the pioneers
started to expand to the West they established small towns where they could
use the resources and make a living. The original settler of the village was
Ebenezer Allen who named the town Allen Hill. Mr. Allen started a trading
Post in 1784 that started business growth. After Ebenezer was gone the
town changed again and was called Richmond Hill in honor of Col. Jonathan Trumbull a celebrated Artist of the Revolution.
When General William A. Mills first settled in Mount Morris he lived in a hand-built log hut, when he passed away his home was a mansion on Main St. The Mills Mansion still stands on Main St. and is open to the public with tours on the weekends during the summer as well as by appointment all year round.
I Pledge Allegiance...
In the September 8, 1892 issue of the Youth's Campaign, readers found Francis Bellamy's
original Pledge of Allegiance.
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all"
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Mount Morris is home to the North Entrance of Letchworth State Park. Just inside the entrance is a parking area with a small store and the largest man-made attraction in the Park, the Mount Morris Dam.
The Dam is the largest concrete Dam east of the great Mississippi River. It's construction began in 1948 and was finished in 1951 at a cost of 25 million dollars. It was the authorization of the Flood Control Act of 1944 that allowed for the Dam to be built. Without its construction: farmland, residential communities and industrial developments from Mount Morris north to Rochester would be in danger if the river ever flooded. Thanks to the Dam, the surrounding areas were saved during the great flood of 1972. While visiting the Park you can take a free guided tour of the Dam and watch an informational video.
Not sure what to do while in Mount Morris? May we suggest...
Our newly renovated Main Street District is full of local stores, restaurants and antique shops. Spend some time out enjoying the fresh air at one of the parks or exploring at a museum such as the New Deal Art Gallery. Take a tour around the town and visit some of our sites listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.