CRAZY LUCE

Program
Legends & Lore®
Subject
Folklore
Location
US Route 20 and NY Route 92, Cazenovia, NY
Lat/Long
42.924489, -75.870575
Grant Recipient
New Woodstock Regional Historical Society
Historic Marker

CRAZY LUCE

Inscription

"CRAZY LUCE"
LUCY DUTTON, LIVED CA. 1795
NEAR CAZENOVIA LAKE, JILTED
BY MAN WHO WED HER SISTER,
WENT MAD AND WANDERED
MADISON COUNTY FOR 30 YEARS
NEW YORK FOLKLORE SOCIETY
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2016

Lucy Dutton and her sister, Ellen, are said to have arrived with their parents in Cazenovia around 1793. At 18, Lucy was a schoolteacher about 20 miles away. She met a man, Edwin, and they were set to be married. The story goes that Ellen won over Edwin, and on the wedding day (also Lucy’s 19th birthday) the two of them arrived late, sharing the news that they had already married. Upon hearing the news, Lucy fell into a trance. When she was revived hours later, her mind was gone. It’s said that for the next three decades she wandered Madison County until her death around the 1830s.