Near Piffard in Livingston County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1947 by New York State Education Department.
Location. 42° 47.889′ N, 77° 51.709′ W. Marker is near Piffard, New York, in Livingston County. Marker is on River Road (County Road 19) 1.7 miles north of Canandaigua Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Piffard NY 14533, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boyd – Parker (approx. 1½ miles away); O-ha-gi (approx. 1½ miles away); The International Society of Arboriculture and the National Arborist Association (approx. 1½ miles away); Routes of the Armies (approx. 1½ miles away); Genesee Castle (approx. 1½ miles away); This wayside shrine marks the place (approx. 1½ miles away); National Hotel (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of Original Wadsworth Cabin (approx. 1.8 miles away).
More about this marker. Per the Bulletin - New York State Museum of Natural History, New York State Museum, New York State Museum and Science Service: "Gaundowaneh or Big Tree was a Seneca village on a hill one mile north of Cuylerville.
The 100 ft tall Swamp White Oak which marked the location of the Seneca indian village stood on east bank of the Genesee River until it fell into river in 1857. A section of the 27 foot circumstance trunk has been preserved in nearby Geneseo.
The Treaty of Big Tree conference was held in a meadow on the east bank of the Genesee River, opposite the indian village.
Also see . . .
1. Genesee Country Magazine: Treaty of Big Tree 1797-1997. Major treaty opened Genesee region to peaceful settlement. (Submitted on February 4, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. The Treaty of Big Tree (1794). (Submitted on February 4, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
Categories. • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 4, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 612 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 4, 2012, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the section of Big Tree trunk on display at the Geneseo Historical Museum • Can you help?