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Then and Now: The Dynamic History of America Told Through the Stories of the Genesee River


Path Through History Weekends are a showcase of New York State’s rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. You don’t have to be a historian to appreciate New York State’s rich heritage. New York’s new Path Through History helps you discover, experience and appreciate the state’s amazing past. A wealth of memorable experiences awaits you – from living history museums, to forts and military landmarks, to the homes of presidents, great writers and artists. With an unparalleled network of museums, historic sites and cultural institutions, Path Through History takes you across the state to discover events of the past and learn how they reverberate today.

This walking tour will focus on three centuries of the entrepreneurship and pioneer spirit, including Carthage, McCrackenville, and the western movement after the United States was formed. You will learn about ingenious inventors, artists, and leaders who overcame the many challenges of this new wilderness in America to make this land their own and to welcome new ideas and new people as they arrived. You will also learn about the present-day challenges facing these neighborhoods and the pride that still exists today and is turning these challenges into new opportunities.

Places visited: The Lower Falls and McCrackenville. The Middle Falls and Lower Falls Park. Historic Carthage and Brewer’s Landing. Maplewood Park and Rose Garden. Kelsey’s Landing.

Meeting Place: Please meet in the City Parking Lot off of Seth Green Drive near the intersection of Norton St. and St. Paul Blvd at 8:30am. 43°11’14.6″N 77°37’23.2″W

America’s Westward movement and the transformation which our country has experienced in the 230 years after the Revolutionary War are symbolized in the cultural, social, and historical changes that Rochester, NY experienced. The stories from the people who lived and worked near the Lower Falls of the Genesee River and the surrounding region are a microcosm of the enormous transformation that America has witnessed. This tour is an intimate look at how we, as a country, have arrived where we are today and the direction we can take if we focus our communities on positive outcomes.


Frequently asked questions:

We strongly encourage you to walk, bike, or take the bus. For those driving, please park in the city lot on Seth Green Drive, not far from the intersection of Norton and St. Paul Streets.

Please be sure to allow sufficient time find parking and walk to the tour start point (which we will email you). Tours will depart on time.

Participants will be walking for approximately 3 hours, covering approximately 3 miles. Most, but not all trails will be paved. There will be steps to climb in one portion of the tour. Please wear appropriate footwear.

The walking tour will go on rain or shine, unless there are thunderstorms. If the tour is cancelled, an email notification will be sent by 8:00am day-of to all registrants.

Contact The Lower Falls Foundation at info@lowerfallsfdn.org or 585.370.1038.

No. We will have a check-in list.

Children under the age of 12 are not encouraged to take the tour.

As part of the tour involves unpaved trails, there may be limitations on accessibility. Tour goers should expect to stand, walk without assistance, and climb several steps.

No smoking, please. Photography is permitted, and encouraged during the tour.