Ganondagan State Historic Site / Dryer Road Park Trails

Victor, New York 14564

Ganondagan State Historic Site / Dryer Road Park Trails

Ganondagan State Historic Site / Dryer Road Park Trails Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Once a major seventeenth-century Seneca town and its palisaded granary, Ganondagan is the only historic site, under the auspices of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, that is dedicated to Native Americans. The town and its associated burial grounds on Boughton Hill were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Fort Hill, the site of the town’s granary, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966 because it was part of the French campaign of destruction in 1687. The Marquis de Denonville, Governor General of New France, led an army of 3,000 men from Canada against the Seneca in July, 1687, in an effort to annihilate the Seneca and eliminate them as competitors in the international fur trade. The Seneca recall a much earlier time period, when a man referred to as the Peacemaker journeyed to their territory and met a woman known as Mother of Nations or Peace Mother. The Seneca know Ganondagan as the “Town of Peace,” and revere and protect the burial site of the Mother of Nations near here."

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"Visit the site of a seventeenth- century Native American village and learn how the Seneca people found many everyday uses for the plants that grow here naturally. The Earth Is Our Mother Trail is part of the self-guided Medicine Walk here at Ganondagan, and one of the most fascinating trails in the greater Rochester area. Its mile-long meander takes you down a gentle slope to Great Brook while providing an intriguing lesson in the native plants the Seneca used for food, medicine, and the creation of household goods. Plaques identify more than twenty plants and trees along the route, providing their names in English and in Seneca, with a quick overview of the uses the native peoples found for each species.While the plaques make it easy to spot these plants and trees, we do recommend that you bring a field guide with you."
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