Glimpses of the Past
People, Places, and Things in Letchworth Park History

Our "Glimpses" provide a quick look at the important places, people, and things in Letchworth Park History. We have organized them into important time periods in the Park's history. Visit this page often, for we will be continually adding to it!

You will also find additional material on many of these topics in our Pieces of the Past

The Time of the Old Ones (beginnings to 1830's)

A Valley Called Sehgahunda

Mary Jemison

Seneca Villages in Letchworth Park

The Legend of the White Deer

Treaties Relating to Letchworth Park



The Pioneer Era (1790's- 1850's)

The Pioneer Era

The Fancher Family - Pioneers of Letchworth Park

The Genesee Valley Canal

St Helena

Gibsonville, An Early Village on the Genesee

Hornby Lodge


The Days of the Glen Iris (1859-1910)

William Pryor Letchworth

William Pryor Letchworth: Humanitarian

The Story of the Glen Iris Inn

The Council Grounds

The Portage Bridge

Prospect Home & Chestnut Lawn

The Letchworth Schoolhouse

The Glen Iris Threatened; The Portage Dam Project

136th New York Infantry Regiment

1st New York Dragoons

Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, Creator of the Mary Jemison Statue

George Shattuck Morison, "A Man for All Bridges"

L. E. Walker - Photographer

William Webster - Creator of the Glen Iris Estate



Years of Growth and Change (1910-1990's)

The Park Grows

How the Park Administration Evolved

The Arboretum

Letchworth State Park Camping

Civilian Conservation Corp

Letchworth Park's Prisoner of War Camp

Law Enforcement in the Parks - The Development of Letchworth's Park Police

The Flood of '72 (a "Pieces of the Past" Photo Essay)

Memories of the Mounted Patrol (a "Pieces of the Past" Photo Essay)




The Park Today

The William Pryor Letchworth Museum

A Special Rock at Inspiration Point

The Stone House

The School House

The Dragoon Monument

Greetings from the Highbanks - ( A "Pieces of the Past" collection of period postcards)

The Vernacular - Local Place names in Letchworth Park

The Story of Trailside Lodge

Council Grounds Restoration 2005-2006

The Return of the Rustic Arbor

Our Letchworth Park Centennial Page



Other Related "Glimpses"

Boyd & Parker Memorial and Sullivan Monument

Moses Van Campen, Revolutionary Soldier

Horatio Jones, A Person of Interest

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