Sunday Rock

South Colton, NY

Sunday Rock
  • What: What: A 32-ton boulder that traditionally marked the boundary between northern “civilization” and southern wilderness, now a treasured local landmark.
  • Where: Right off Route 56 in South Colton, St. Lawrence County.
  • When: Time immemorial - Present.
  • Contact: Please contact TAUNY for more information.
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At 11 feet and 64,000 pounds, the oblong boulder known as “Sunday Rock” has been the stuff of local legend for about 200 years, and has been important to the people of South Colton and around for just as long. Twice, in 1925 and 1965, local citizens rallied to save it from demolition during highway construction, and it is now safely located on its own small park by Route 56.  Stories of its name’s meaning vary. Some accounts suggest it marked the point where the law and order of civilized communities to the north stopped and there was no Sunday, because lumbercamp life and work were the same every day of the week. Others tell of a preacher, seeking to bring the gospel to the people in that part of the woods, being told not to bother going past the boulder because beyond it there was no Sunday. Somewhat later, the rock began to stand for the freedom, sport, and leisure of the woods and mountains to the south of it. Sunday Rock has recently been named to the state register of historic sites, and a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places is pending. 

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To passersby on Route 56, Sunday Rock marks an unofficial boundary into the Adirondacks.

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A group of public school teachers visit Sunday Rock for a TAUNY program.

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Moving Sunday Rock, c. 1965, to allow for road widening.


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Sunday Rock taken after it was relocated.

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Sunday Rock in original location on the east side of Route 56, before it was moved in the 1920s.

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Town of Colton Supervisor George Swift speaks at the dedication ceremony in 1965.


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Sunday Rock appeared in Ripley's Believe It Or Not syndicated feature in 1941.