Pratt Rock - One Man's Monument to Himself
Zadock Pratt was an accomplished personage of the 1800s. He was a tanner, a banker, a soldier and a member of the House of Representatives. He was a man about town, a titan among men, a bastion of culture amid a great wilderness. And he wanted the generations that followed him to know it. Along with establishing his own bank that printed its own bills, the value of which was comparable to that of a U.S. dollar, Pratt commissioned stone workers to immortalize his life’s achievements by carving them into a rocky ledge near his home in Prattsville, where they can still be seen today.
It may be a leap, but we could probably credit Pratt with inspiring Gutzon Borglum, the carver of Mount Rushmore fame. Then again, probably not. However the comparison remains and Pratt’s Rock is often referred to as “New York’s Mount Rushmore.” Located on Route 23 outside of Prattsville, the trail to the rock ledge is steep and shaded, but well worth the trek.