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Tour remnants of an ancient Native American fort in Oakfield

by dsitler


Did you know that the Town of Oakfield was the home to one of the largest Native American forts? For one day only - Saturday, October 15th - you can participate in a tour of the ancient remnants, including Indian mounds and earthworks, hosted by the Oakfield Historical Society. This is a special single-day event, due to the fort residing on private property.

Tickets are for sale at Warner’s Flower Shop, 21 Main Street, Oakfield for $5.00 per person. On the day of the event, you must register at the Oakfield Historical Society,  7 Maple Avenue, and get your wrist band to get on the wagon that will take you to the site. There are three tours that go to the fort site, the times are 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.. For more information, visit here.

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Oakfield Historical Society, 7 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY

The Seneca tribe built a large 10 acre fort outside of Oakfield, which was still standing in the 18th century. The Seneca's settled Oakfield long-before the English settlers started to move into the area in the early 1800s. What is still there today is called the best preserved Indian mounds and earthworks in New York State. Previous archaeological digs have been able to identify structures and what life was like inside the fort. The trees on-site span over 300 years.

The fort is another amazing example of Genesee County's connection to United States and North American history.