An 1880 map shows Buffum Street and the Seneca Indian Burial Grounds in South Buffalo. The Buffum House lot appears on this map as the property of new owner D. Strickler.

Journey with us for a day of adventure, Friday, September 30, as the Niagara History Center hits the road for its annual Fall Bus Trip. This year we will be traveling to South Buffalo and West Seneca, two historic areas that formerly comprised much of the original Buffalo Creek Reservation of the Seneca Nation.

The tour will be narrated by the History Center’s Assistant Director, Ann Marie Linnabery, who grew up in that area before moving to Niagara County in 1998.

Stops in South Buffalo will include the Seneca Indian Park, the former Seneca Indian Burial Grounds and the only parcel of land left from the reservation; the Buffum House, the oldest home (c. 1850) in South Buffalo; and the South Buffalo Heritage DiscoveRY Center, which includes the Steel Plant Museum and the Western New York Railway Historical Society.

After a sumptuous buffet lunch at The Columns Banquets in Elma, we will visit the Charles Burchfield Nature and Art Center in Gardenville, a hamlet of West Seneca. The park includes an art gallery, 29 acres of nature trails, and a cemetery dating to the mid-19th century that was used by the Ebenezers (the Community of True Inspiration), a German religious society that occupied that part of West Seneca from the 1840s to the 1860s.

Our final stop will be at Mayer Brothers Cider Mill and Bakery, where you can purchase freshly made apple cider, home-made baked goods and their signature “apple cider slushies.” Mayer Brothers was founded in 1852 in the area of West Seneca known as “Upper Ebenezer.”

Once again, the History Center bus tour is coordinated by volunteer Shirley Frombgen, who plans and organizes spring and fall trips each year. She and Linnabery collaborated on plans for this tour.

Trip-goers will meet at the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St. in Lockport, at 8:30 a.m. and return to the same location at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the bus tour, including lunch, are $65 for History Center members and $70 for non-members. Please make your reservations by calling the History Center at (716) 434-7433. Our bus trips are very popular and usually sell out, so make your reservations now to discover the history of South Buffalo and West Seneca with us.

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