Sarah Novak 2017-04-05 01:32:01
The world’s most famous waterfall and the largest city in western New York state are highlights of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail along the northeastern shore of Lake Erie and the Niagara River. This section of the Seaway Trail journey begins at Angola, once home to a largescale poultry farm and now a lakeside community with a popular beach. Nearby in the hamlet of Derby is Graycliff, a summer estate designed by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Next, in the town of Hamburg at the water’s edge, the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center offers information, exhibits, and lake views. The Seaway Trail continues to the southern edge of Buffalo, where the Tifft Nature Preserve has transformed a former industrial site into woods and marshes. Revitalization is an important theme for the city of Buffalo today, celebrating its heritage as a major shipping port and industrial center. The city’s extensive waterfront encompasses parks, preserves, and trails, as well as historical sites and festival gathering places. Buffalo’s downtown neighborhoods feature parkland planned by landscape designer Frederick Law Olmstead, the Buffalo History Museum, a newly renovated zoo, and notable architecture. Just beyond Buffalo, in North Tonawanda, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum preserves a unique array of working carousels and related equipment. The Seaway Trail continues north along the Niagara River, a route where centuries of explorers, traders, soldiers, and settlers shaped the land. The river corridor is also a significant habitat for birds, with several viewing sites along the way. In the city of Niagara Falls are historic neighborhoods, the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, and the state park that includes the famous waterfalls. Two waterside towns along the Seaway Trail, Lewiston and Youngstown, also honor their roles in the French and Indian War, the War of 1812, and the Underground Railroad. The Seaway Trail here culminates at Fort Niagara State Park, where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. The park features a recently restored lighthouse, hiking trails, and picnic areas, as well as Old Fort Niagara, an outpost for Native American, French, British, and American forces from the 18th to the 20th century. Today this spectacular site hosts tours and living history demonstrations. Above Fireworks over Niagara Falls; at right: Living history at Old Fort Niagara. Photo credit: John Rozelle, NYS OPRHP. VISITOR INFORMATION Town of Somerset 8700 Haight Rd., Barker, NY 14012 716-795-3575 www.somersetny.com Village of Lewiston 145 N. 4th St., Lewiston, NY 14092 716-754-8271 www.villageoflewiston.net Town of Newfane Tourism 2737 Main St., Newfane, NY 14108 716-778-8531 www.olcott-newfane.com Village of Wilson 375 Lake St., Wilson, NY 14172 716-751-6764 www.villageofwilson.org Village of Youngstown 240 Lockport St. Youngstown NY 14174 716-745-7721 www.youngstownnewyork.us
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