Northern New York Waterfalls 

Agers Falls

Directions

To get to Agers Falls, travel NY 12 to Lyons Falls.  Find the bridge crossing the Black River and continue.  This becomes the Lyonsdale Road.  Agers Falls is located in the Agers Fall's Recreational & Historical Area, which will be on your left a few miles up this road.  You can't miss it.  For those techies with a GPS, the 911 address is 7757 Lyonsdale Road in Lyons Falls, New York.  Go left after entering the area and the road will take you to a parking lot within view of the falls.

County: Lewis
Town: Lyonsdale
USGS Map: Port Leyden
Waterway: Moose River
Latitude: N 43° 37' 18"
Longitude: W 75° 18' 45"
Drop: 18'
Type: Curtain
Region: East of Lyons Falls
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 2 minutes
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Lyonsdale Quadrangle

Agers FallsThis area is promoted as the site of an "early American industrial complex which included a rag paper mill, sawmill, workers' houses, mill owner's house and family cemetery".  

The area and falls are named after Joel W. Ager who, according to a sign in the area, was born in 1820 in Warren, New Hampshire.  Trained as a papermaker in New England, he came to Lewis County in the 1840s looking for a place to locate a new paper mill.  He built his home here so that he could watch over the operations of the mill he built near these falls.  The home was a "two story, center hall, frame structure".  An addition on the back of it "included a summer kitchen, wood shed, and the unusual luxury, a two story privy"!  The home was abandoned in the 1930s and torn down in 1960.

Another sign at this location tells that the water powered sawmill was constructed in 1871, "at the height of the New York State timber industry".  Its capital investment is listed as $4,000 in 1880 and it employed three men at $1.50 per ten hour day.  The mill had two circular saws and it operated four months of the year.  It was in operation until it burned in 1902.

The Moose River flows into the Black River just a few miles downstream from this location in Lyons Falls.  The Black empties into Lake Ontario in the Jefferson County community of Dexter.

Last update:  April 25, 2017

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