LUCY MILLINGTON

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
People
Location
6 New Russia Simonds Hill Rd, New Russia, NY 12964, USA
Lat/Long
44.1621574, -73.6103853
Grant Recipient
Adirondack Women in History, Inc.
Historic Marker

LUCY MILLINGTON

Inscription

LUCY MILLINGTON
BORN LUCY BISHOP NEAR HERE
IN 1825. BOTANIST WHO IN 1871
DISCOVERED PARASITIC DWARF
MISTLETOE SPECIES AFFECTING
ADIRONDACK SPRUCE TREES.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2019

Botanist Lucy Millington, originally Lucy Bishop, was born in 1825 in the hamlet of New Russia. Millington was highly knowledgeable about the plants and trees of New York State. During the 1870s there was a mysterious blight affecting trees in the Adirondack Mountain region. Experts in the field were baffled and had no explanation for these dying trees. It was Lucy Millington who determined that the damage was caused by Arceuthobium pusillum, a species of parasitic dwarf mistletoe.