Maplewood and Driving Park
Rochester, New York
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Indian village at the falls nearby. Occupied by Senecas until 1819.
By the State Education Department — 1932
What was there
To the west is Lorimer Hill, now the residential Maplewood neighborhood and home to Nazareth School and Sisters of St Joseph. The area is located west of Lake Ave and North of Lexington. The Seneca village known as Casconchiagon, after the Seneca name for the Genesee River, was located on this hill. The trail, located near the historic marker here, that leads down to the gorge was mostly likely the village’s access point to the Genesee River. It is also possible that some of the village crept into the area that is now Maplewood Park and Lower Falls Park.
What is there now
The sign is now within Maplewood Park in Rochester, near the Genesee Riverway Trail entrance across from the park’s rose garden. This is a picnic area near a parking lot and restroom facility. The trail is used to reach Lower Falls Park to the south, or an unofficial trail to the north which leads into the Genesee Gorge. Lorimer Hill developed from the late 1800s to an upscale residential neighborhood. Today it houses a portion of the historic Maplewood neighborhood, including schools, churches, and small businesses.
- Casconchiagon (meaning “River of Many Falls”) was the Seneca name for the Genesee River.
- See also the neighboring marker for Kelsey’s Landing.
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