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Welcome to the Seneca Council Grounds

 
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
1. Welcome to the Seneca Council Grounds Marker
Inscription. William Pryor Letchworth first became interested in Native American culture after hearing his father's stories about Cornplanter, the Seneca Chief, meeting with Letchworth's great-uncle, John Letchworth, a Quaker preacher in Philadelphia. Sensitive to the injustices that Native Americans suffered on reservations and their fast-disappearing cultural heritage, Letchworth became determined to collect and preserve Native American artifacts. One of his most significant acquisitions was the Revolutionary War-era Seneca Council House, which he rescued from decay in Caneadea, New York, and moved here in 1871.

On October 1, 1872, Letchworth organized what he called a "rededication ceremony" at the Council House, inviting Seneca and Mohawk descendants of Revolutionary war leaders and other notable Native Americans. They called the ceremony "The last Council Fire in the Genesee Valley."

Former President Millard Fillmore, on behalf of Mr. Letchworth, gave each Council Fire participant a silver coin, which depicted two hands joined in friendship. In recognition of this event and Letchworth's efforts on their behalf, the Seneca delegation adopted him into the Wolf Clan and named him "Hai-wa-ye-is-tah," the man who always does right.

This stereograph shows William P. Letchworth (left) and John Stearns Minard, o [sic] surveyor interested

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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
2. Welcome to the Seneca Council Grounds and Mary Jemison Markers
in local history, examining the Council House at Caneadea.

This photograph, taken at "The Last Council Fire" in 1872, includes all of the Native American guests that Mr. Letchworth invited. Former President Millard Fillmore is fourth from the right.

The Council House was carefully dismantled and each of its logs numbered. It was shipped by barge on the Genesee Valley Canal and reassembled here in 1871.
 
Erected by Letchworth State Park.
 
Location. 42° 35.16′ N, 78° 2.597′ W. Marker is in Genesee Falls, New York, in Wyoming County. Marker can be reached from Council Grounds Access Road 0.2 miles west of Park Road. Click for map. Marker is located on a four-part double sided shelter style board at the Council Grounds in Letchworth State Park. The access road to the marker is off the main Park Road just north of the Glen Iris Inn and the southern end of the park. The sign for the Council Grounds is excellent. The access road ends in a parking area. Park and make a hairpin turn to the grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Castile NY 14427, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Council Grounds Ca. 1907...and Under Restoration (here, next to this marker); Mary Jemison (here, next to

Welcome to the Seneca Council Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
3. Welcome to the Seneca Council Grounds Marker
View of Marker towards Council Grounds.
this marker); Nancy Jemison Log Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); To the Memory of Mary Jemison (within shouting distance of this marker); This Ancient Seneca Council House (within shouting distance of this marker); In Grateful Memory of William Pryor Letchworth (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Genesee Valley Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Pryor Letchworth 1823 - 1910 (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Genesee Falls.
 
More about this marker. This marker shares the four-part board with "Mary Jemison", "The Council Grounds CA. 1907" and "...and under restoration." There is a separate plaque on the Council House itself.
 
Also see . . .
1. Letchworth State Park - New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. The Council Grounds - Letchworth State Park History. (Submitted on August 5, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
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Welcome to the Seneca Council Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
4. Welcome to the Seneca Council Grounds Marker
The access road from the main Park road is at the left. The Council Grounds are at right. The marker is behind foliage on the right of the pedestrian path in the distance.
Seneca Council Grounds Access Road Sign image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 24, 2014
5. Seneca Council Grounds Access Road Sign
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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