Franklinville in Cattaraugus County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Cadiz became a center of the Underground Railroad. Escaping slaves were rafted up Ischua Creek and hidden in area homes and the Stagecoach Inn at the four corners. Families known to be involved in this activity were the Meads, Burlingames and Searles.
The Howe Prescott Pioneer House circa 1814, located on this site, serves as a museum for the Ischua Valley Historical Society. Abolitionist Merlin Mead lived here in 1841. George L. White, son of Abolitionist William White, a blacksmith, was born in 1838 in a home that once stood across the road from this saltbox house.
In 1871 George L. White founded the Jubilee Singers at Fisk University in Tennesee. The original choir at this Black University was composed of former slaves who toured and performed throughout the world to raise funds to support the University. White, the musical director, is credited with helping save the spirituals and songs that had been passed down by slaves when they were in bondage. The Jubilee Singers are still in existence today.
Location. 42° 19.247′ N, 78° 27.959′ W. Marker is in Franklinville, New York, in Cattaraugus County. Marker is on Salamanca Sugartown Road (New York State Route 98) 0.1 miles east of Cadiz Road (County Route 69), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3031 NY Route 98, Franklinville NY 14737, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cadiz Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklinville Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Peter T. Tenbroeck (approx. 3 miles away); Early School (approx. 5.8 miles away); 1627 Seneca Oil Spring 1927 (approx. 10.2 miles away); Seneca Oil Spring (approx. 10.6 miles away); Jefferson Street Cemetery (approx. 11 miles away); Plank Road House (approx. 11.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Franklinville.
Also see . . .
1. Fisk Jubilee Singers - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 2, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. History - Ontario Knife Company. (Submitted on August 2, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Agriculture • Arts, Letters, Music • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.