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The Rochester Brainery and Lower Falls Foundation present:  A Guided Tour Through Rochester’s Lower Falls (Currently sold out, however additional tours are planned for the remainder of 2016)

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Rochester Brainery is a community classroom and event space that allows people to connect through fun, affordable and accessible classes.

Guided Tour:

In this 3 hour class we will explore the cultural ecology and social history of the Genesee River Lower Falls gorge in Rochester, NY. Beginning with a short introduction to the 6 Nation Iroquois Confederacy, students will experience first hand a centuries old Seneca hunting and fishing encampment. From there, we will move onto the European settlement of the gorge by visiting remaining structures from the first textile mills in Rochester. Students will learn about early industrial and residential settlements such as Carthage, McCrakenville, and Rochesterville. These are the towns which would ultimately make Rochester the largest producer of flour in the world and the first boomtown in America. Lastly, students will have an opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Lower Falls, walk in the same footprints as Frederick Douglass did when he used the Kelsey’s Landing point on the Underground Railroad, and finish with a relaxing stroll through the internationally acclaimed Maplewood Rose Garden. Come discover one of the most significant cultural heritage landscapes in North America. We are right in your backyard!

Instructor’s Bio:

George Payne

George Payne during a recent tour of the Lower Falls Gorge.

George Payne is a visiting adjunct professor of philosophy at Finger Lakes Community College. In January 2016 he co-founded the Lower Falls Foundation, an organization dedicated to the cultural preservation and ecotourism potential of the Genesee River Lower Falls Gorge. For more information visit www.lowerfallsfdn.com.


What to bring:

Bring comfortable walking/hiking shoes
Bottled water
Binoculars and cameras

Contact: George Payne at 585-703-9230 / George@lowerfallsfdn.com

Location: Maplewood Park off Lake and Driving Park A (across from the Maplewood YMCA)


Register HERE on Rochester Brainery’s site!