CAHOONZIE

Program
Legends & Lore®
Subject
Folklore
Location
766 Route 42, Sparrowbush, NY
Lat/Long
41.429275, -74.718577
Grant Recipient
Town of Deerpark
Historic Marker

CAHOONZIE

Inscription

CAHOONZIE
HAMLET NAMED FOR CHIEF
CAHOONZIE OR CAHOONSHEE
BURIED NEARBY CA. 1750. LAST
OF HIS TRIBE TO LIVE HERE.
WISE LEADER, STOOD 7 FT TALL
NEW YORK FOLKLORE SOCIETY
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2017

The hamlet of Cahoonzie is said to be named for Native American Chief Cahoonshee, who lived in the area during the early 1700s and was buried there circa 1750. Stories of him that have been passed down through generations describe Cahoonshee as an astonishing 7 feet tall.