Newtown Battlefield and Sullivan's Monument mark
the site of Gen. Sullivan's Revolutionary War victory over the Seneca and British
forces. Today a beautiful 330-acre county park, Newtown offers family camping,
hiking and picnicking.
Newtown Battlefield, Elmira. 607-732-6067.
Western New York's colonial legacy lives on at
Old Fort Niagara. This 18th century military compound was occupied, in turn, by
French, British and colonial troops. Historic builidings date from 1726. Open
daily, year-round, Old Fort Niagara features cannon and musket firings, historical
re-enactments, 18th century military living demonstrations and archeology programs.
Fort Niagara, Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown. 716-745-7611.
Letchworth State Park is home to many sites of interest
to students of colonial times. A statute of Mary Jamison, "The White Woman
of the Genesee" is located near an Indian Council House and an authentic
Seneca Long House. The park also features an excellent collection of early artifacts
at The William Pryor Letchworth Museum , 585-493-2760.
Ganondagan State Historic Site
the site of a vibrant 17th century Seneca settlement, Ganondagan was attacked
and destroyed by the French in 1687. After the battle, Ganondagan went into a
300-year decline. Today, the state historic site is a vital link to early Native
American culture and history. Its 277 acres include three walking trails: Our
Mother Trail, the Trail of Peace and the Granary Trail, which detail Seneca history,
medicine and oral tradition.
Historic Site, Victor, Ontario County. 585-924-5848.
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