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Huntington officials to place markers at sites of 'Pickle King' homes

Huntington town officials will dedicate historic markers at two locations in Greenlawn where Samuel Ballton, also known as the “Pickle King,” built homes.

Town Supervisor Frank Petrone and members of the town board will join with the Town’s African American Historic Designation Council this Saturday, June 18, at 1 p.m. to make the dedications.

The markers will be placed at the municipal parking lot on Smith Street near where Ballton had three homes and the other at Taylor and Boulevard avenues, near where he built others. The ceremony will be at the Smith Street location.

Ballton came to Greenlawn in 1873 where he started out as a tenant farmer and went on to become an entrepreneur, landowner, and founding member of the community. In 1899 he became known as the “Pickle King” after selling 1.5 million pickles in one season. Ballton, a Civil War veteran, was honored by the town’s Civil War Committee and the African American Historic Designation Council last year.

The event includes a tour of the sites and a reception. For more information call Robert C. Hughes, Town Historian, at (631) 351-3244.

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