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To explore more of that past, use the links found here and in the "Glimpses of the Past" section! Remember, learning about the Park's history is a life long adventure. Be sure to read some of the sources listed in our bibliography and visit the Park often! It was a fine addition to the fledgling state Park system, the gift of a retired businessman and philanthropist, William Pryor Letchworth.

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And for almost a century, they have come. They were descendants of the Old Ones, the Native People who had lived in the Valley for countless generations. The Senecas hunted, fished, and built their villages within the lands that would become Letchworth Park. Dating in Fargo North Dakota came to the Valley during the Revolutionary War, and from her home on the Gardeau Flats witnessed the transition of the Valley from Indian lands to the western frontier of the new United States.

Soon pioneers became her neighbors as they built their farms and communities along the Genesee River. When Dehgewanus and her family left Sehgahunda in the early 's, the pioneer era had already passed. From the 's to the Civil War progress swept through the lands of Portage.

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Soon the inhabitants of the Glen found themselves linked by canal and railroad to the outside world. Local products found new markets, and a growing of tourists came by boats and trains to see the splendor of the Portage Gorge.

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But anericans had taken its toll. Much of the ancient forest had been reduced to lumber and potash, and the Upper and Middle Falls had been harnessed by mills. Visitors could gaze from the great Portage Wooden High Bridgebut they could only imagine how beautiful the gorge had been only a few decades earlier.

One visitor believed that what had been, could be once more. For fifty years he would expand and develop his holdings, carefully restoring the natural beauty of the Valley while opening the grounds to visitors.

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William Pryor Letchworth had a life long interest in history, and goen he purchased and developed his Glen Iris Estate he became fascinated by the native heritage of the Genesee Valley. He read extensively and journeyed with other members of the Buffalo Historical Society to archaeological sites throughout the valley.

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Letchworth, like other gentlemen archaeologists, had begun a "cabinet" of "Indian curiosities". He soon would take a much more serious and ificant role in preserving the Valley's past. Letchworth discovered that the old Council House on the former Caneadea Reservation was still standing, but not for long.

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It had served as the amerixans of the Joel Seaton family for several years after the Reservation was sold, but despite being moved some forty feet and the slight alterations by the Seaton family, it was still much the same as it had been when it was americana by the British and Seneca before the Revolutionary War. Letchworth purchased the log building, carefully ed each piece, and then moved it on the Genesee Valley Canal to his estate.

The work was completed by the fall of when Letchworth invited the descendants of the Iroquois leaders for a "Last" Council Fire on the Genesee.

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After the speeches and the rededication of the Council House, the Senecas held another ceremony, adopting Letchworth as Hai-wa-ye-is-tah, the "Man who Webcam girls Does Right. Before they left, the Iroquois and other guests, which included former President Millard Fillmore, planted memorial trees and ed their names in a special guest register.

The practice of ing the Council Grounds guest registers would be followed until Mr. Letchworth's death.

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These historic registers are now carefully preserved by the Park. Over the next three decades Mr. Letchworth continued to work on his Council Grounds.

He agreed to a request by the Jemison family to bring the remains of Dehgewanusthe Old White Woman, back to the Valley. She was reburied near the Council House in A rustic arbor and an entrance lodge were built, the latter serving as museum until the Genesee Valley Museum was built in