This fun and curious attraction in Upstate New York has a unique origin story:
The legend goes that a young sculptor by the name of Andrew W. Pearse was walking home to Rensselaerville, New York when he met Zadock Pratt on the road. Pearse asked Pratt for a meal and a place to stay for the night, so Pratt asked him what he could do in return for the favor. Pearse told him that he was a stonecutter, so Pratt charged him with carving a horse into the nearby rock. The rock was not Pratt’s property, so Pearse was unable to finish the horse. So Pratt brought Pearse to a mountainside that he owned and there Pease began a series of carved subjects that symbolized major events in Zaddock Pratt’s life.
With carvings dedicated etched into the mountainside, some have called this “America’s first Mount Rushmore.” Zaddock Pratt had one carving done in tribute to his son George, who died in the Civil War. Because of this, Pratt’s Rock has also been called “America’s first Civil War Monument.”
Hiking trails and picnic tables make this site a fun destination to go spend the day.