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Ties to the Underground Railroad

Village of Williamsville
Posted at 2:44 PM, Dec 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-11 14:44:43-05

Within the one square mile village of Williamsville, there are stories to be told. Some of which date back to the early 1800's.

Just ask Mary Lowther. The President of the Williamsville Historical Society and former village mayor takes pride in the area's rich history.

"We have a number of areas right here in our little square mile village that we suspect were probably area that helped slaves when they were trying to make it across the border into Canada," said Mary.

Making the Village of Williamsville, at one time, a possible pathway to freedom. Evidence points to two of the most celebrated landmarks in the area, The Eagle House and the Williamsville Water Mill which is now the home of "Sweet Jenny's."

After visiting these two locations, it is said that fugitive slaves would then make their way to Ellicott Creek and continue north into Canada.

But all of this is word of mouth. Stories passed on from generation to generation.