For decades, Vermont residents believed that Samuel Hopkins, who in 1790 was granted the nation's first patent, lived in Pittsford. Even when evidence was presented to show this was untrue, citizens of Pittsford clung to the myth. It appears, however, that the state has now informed them it's time to let go.
Town Abandons Claim to Nation's First Patent
The National Law Journal
September 30, 2013