History in the Park
visit to Letchworth soon? Want to find out more about the Park's
history? Here are some ways you can take advantage of the many
opportunties to explore the Valley's history on your next visit
to Letchworth Park!
suggest that you and your family..
the William Pryor Letchworth Museum. There are many exhibits
and artifacts which will help you understand various aspects
of the Park's history. You can also see Mr. Letchworth's personal
library, study many Native American artifacts he collected, and
learn more about the life and work of the Park's benefactor.
the famous Council Grounds at the Park. This is the spot Mr.
Letchworth himself set aside to honor and preserve the Native
American heritage of the Genesee Valley. You can step inside
the Council House and the Jemison Cabin as well as visit the
grave of Mary Jemison.
the Glen Iris Inn. This was the private residence of Mr. Letchworth
and the focus of his Glen Iris Estate. Just as his family and
friends used to enjoy his hospitality, you can dine at the Glen
Iris today. It has been restored to the period during which Mr.
Letchworth called it "home", and contains many paintings
and items that belong to Mr. Letchworth.
at one of the many other historical sites at the Park. For example,
you can picnic near the site of the "Ghost Town" of
St. Helena, admire the engineer work of the great Portage Bridge,
walk among the graves of the area's first settlers at the Pioneer
Cemetery, or have lunch on the Civil War Parade Grounds. There
are many such sites for you to "discover"!
along one of the many trails that will help you explore the history
as well as the native beauty of the Park. Some of our favorite
historical trails include #7 along the old Genesee Valley Canal,
#13 at St. Helena, #14 at the Gardeau Overlook, and #19 at Gibsonville.
Contact the Park for specific information on these and other
in one of the many activities at the Park. Natural walks are
given year around which often include Park history. History walks
and talks are usually available in the summer. Also check to
see if there are special events often held to celebrate or commemorate
some aspect of Letchworth History.
your copy of Letchworth State Park by Arcadia Publications! It
makes a fine historical guide book to use when exploring the
can contact Letchworth Park for information regarding the Museum
hours and historical programs. You can contact the Glen Iris Inn
for information about dining and lodging. Go to our FAQ page for information
on how to make reservations. See our links for additional information!
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