B. Forman County Park
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Site of Underground Railroad terminus
Home of Samuel Cuyler used as terminus of Underground R. R. during slavery period.
State Education Department – 1935
What was there
Cobblestone home and farm estate of Samuel Cuyler, which housed runaway slaves as part of the Underground Railroad network.
What is there now
B. Forman County Park. The original Cuyler home was lost in a fire. The white building in the park is not the Cuyler home.
- B. Forman County Park profile on NYFalls.com
- From the Cuyler home, escaped slaves would board a ship captained by Horatio N. Throop bound for Canada.
- The park was named after Benjamin Forman, a Rochester merchant and civic leader, who operated the B. Formans’s department store (incorporated in 1912 and operated at 46 Clinton Avenue, Rochester).
- The St. Peter Shipwreck is located far offshore to the east of the park. Wrecked on October 27, 1898, and taking eight lives, this three-masted schooner was carrying coal to the Welland Canal when it was lost in a massive storm. You cannot see the wreck from the park, but experienced divers are free to take a boat out there and have a look.
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