Artwork in the Upper Stairwells

First Celebration of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson County held at Independence Point

First Celebration of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson County held at Independence Point located in the Upper Stairwells

As you walk up the marble steps on the left (the south staircase), you will see a mural of the First Celebration of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson County held at Independence Point on July 4, 1802 by George W. Breck.

The inscription below the mural states: “The first public commemoration of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson County was held at Independence Point, July 4, 1802. Patriotic demonstrations and revolutionary reminiscences characterized the celebration of the day.”

George Breck was the Director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome from 1904 to 1909.

At the head of the staircases are the portrait heads of Chief Garonkonti and the Chevalier Champlain by John Conway. Below the portraits are paintings of a early log cabin and an early 19th century house. These are also by John Conway.”

*All information taken from our Library Tour Guide brochure

Conference Between De La Barre and the Five Nations

Conference Between De La Barre and the Five Nations mural located in the Upper Stairwells

“As you walk down the marble stairs on the right (the north staircase), you will see the mural of the Conference Between De La Barre and the Five Nations by George W. Breck.

The description is below the painting. “A conference between De La Barre, Governor of Canada, and representatives of Five Nations was held at La Famine Bay, Jefferson County, September 3, 1684. The French desired to conclude a treaty of alliance with the Indians but were defeated in this purpose.”

George Breck was the Director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome from 1904 to 1909.

*All information taken from our Library Tour Guide brochure