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."