Pieces of the Past
Artifacts, Documents, and Primary Sources
from Letchworth Park History

 Sometime in the late 1800's, John Minard of Allegany County published a series of "Mementoes Historic" - local images and stories on a 6" X 9" card. The one below is "Number Two". The image ( see our image 132 in our historical photo album) and narrative provides important details on how Mr. Letchworth obtained the Council House and moved it to the present day Council Grounds.


 "Old Indian Countil House, Erected about 1765.

In 1871, Mr. Letchworth, becoming interested in the story of the upper Genesee Indians, came up, and with the writer, visited the old relic. He came again with an artist and this picture is the result. He commissioned me to buy the building. I did so, marked the logs, supervised the razing of it, and shipped it on the Genesee Valley Canal to a point nearly opposite his residence at Glen Iris.

The last Indian council before the descent on Wyoming was held in this house."


also see our Glimpse of the Council Grounds.


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