Monday, July 14, 2014

Boyd Parker Torture Tree

As part of a summer day trip in the area one could head down to the Leicester area, near Geneseo, to visit the Boyd-Parker Memorial Park. This small roadside park off Route 20A is the location where two captured soldiers of the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign against the Seneca in 1779 were tortured and killed by Little Beard's Seneca warriors. The oak tree to which they were tied during their torture is still there, as shown in the photograph.

We have many books in our catalog about this campaign, and the Seneca. America: History & Life would be the starting place for journal articles. This website has a good description of the site, its history, including that of the fate of Boyd and Parker's remains, and directions to the park.

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