New Historic Marker Unveiled at the Indian Rock

(May 2009)

The Village of Montebello officially unveiled an historic marker recognizing the Indian Rock.  The marker, paid for by the owner of the shopping plaza, will be easily read by all visitors.  The text was produced with the generous assistance of our Village Historian, Craig Long and glacial geologist Penrod J. Fleisher, PhD.  The marker reads as follows:

INDIAN ROCK
 
This 17,300-ton Proterozoic granite gneiss is .8-1.2
billion years old.  Originating between the Ramapo
Mountains and Hudson Highlands, this glacial erratic
was deposited here by the Laurentide Ice Sheet
approximately 21,000 years ago.
 
This boulder served as a meeting site for Native
Americans thousands of years before the arrival
of European settlers.  Tradition and local lore refers
to this geological landmark as Indian Rock.  Otis
H. Cutler’s country estate on this site was named
Boulder Farm. 
 
In 1996, the Village of Montebello preserved this
rock by incorporating it into the shopping
center design.
 
Marker donated by Indian Rock, LLC