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Discover Seneca Village:
Launch Weekend


historical map of seneca village site

To most visitors, the area around the West 85th Street entrance looks unremarkable, with typical park features such as rolling hills, rock outcrops, and playgrounds. But what many do not realize is that this area has an important history: before the City built Central Park it was it was the site of Seneca Village, a predominantly African-American community that included the largest concentration of property owners in 19th-century New York City.

In mid-October, the Conservancy will be installing a temporary exhibit of interpretative signs about the history of Seneca Village. These signs incorporate many years of research about this exceptional community. They focus on the community, which in 1855 included 3 churches, at least one school, and approximately fifty homes, as well as features of its landscape, some of which are still present in the Park.

Join the Conservancy for the launch of the project on Saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27. Conservancy volunteers will be available throughout the day to answer questions about the history of Seneca Village and the interpretive project. In addition, free guided tours led by Conservancy staff will be offered each day. Please register. Space is limited.

Can’t make it? The signs will be up through 2020. The Conservancy also offers tours of Seneca Village year-round.