Visit Town of Portage Historic Sites with annual meeting presenter Tom Cook as our guide to the past.
This walk, scheduled to encourage you to #OptOutside on Black Friday, is an REI Initiative. Dress according to the weather and bring water.
Meet at 9:30 am at the Nunda Historical Society, 24 Portage St. (Rt. 436), Nunda. Parking is limited at some historic sites so we will be car-pooling.
• Our first stop will be Oakland (originally Messenger’s Hollow) to look for traces of the past.
• Next will be Willett’s Corners, a well-known tavern & stagecoach stop,
and Deep Cut, site of an Irish labor camp.
• We then go to the nearby Col. Williams Estate and burial grounds.
• Next is the Parade Grounds in the east side of Letchworth Park, site of Civil War Training Camp and a major Civilian Conservation Corp project.
• We then visit the “Old Carrying Road” and hear stories from early days of Portage Falls (along LSP trail 7, the Genesee Valley Greenway).
• If Trail 7 is not readily accessible we will visit Portage Station at the east end of the new bridge.
• We plan to return to the Nunda Historical Society by 11:30 am.