The Stone House (Cape Vincent, NY)
From: Cape Vincent and Its History
Compiled by Nelie Horton Casler
Hungerford - Wolbrook Co.
Watertown, NY 1906
The Stone House.
James D. LeRay was authorized by an act of the Legislature, in March, 1815, "to make a turnpike road from
Cape Vincent, on the St. Lawrence River, on the most direct route to Perch River, at or near where the State road
crosses the same in the town of Brownville, to be called the Cape Vincent Turnpike Road." At this time Vincent
LeRay, assisted by Moss Kent, was here in charge of his father's estate. His office stood on Broadway, and was
the first frame house erected in the village. It was removed only a few years ago. Opposite the office in 1815,
Mr. LeRay built the stone house. The late Deacon Rogers said: "As it was the first house in the village built
of stone, the name 'The Stone House' has clung to it ever since." Othniel Spinning boated the stone from Carleton
Island, and Hugh MacPherson, my great-great uncle, laid its walls. Mr. MacPherson came here in 1815 and remained
until 1818, when he removed to Chaumont. The interior of the stone house was not entirely finished for some years
after it was erected. Vincent LeRay occupied it for several years, then he left Cape Vincent and for some time
the house was vacant. In 1837 it was purchased, with other property of Mr. LeRay, by the brothers Hyacinth, Louis
and Theophilus Peugnet.