Great Genesee Road

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United States Gotoarrow.png Migration Gotoarrow.png Trails and Roads Gotoarrow.png New York Gotoarrow.png Great Genesee Road

The Great Genesee Road, a fork of the "Mohawk Trail," or "Iroquois Trail" was commissioned to connect Fort Schuyler (now Utica, New York) on the Mohawk Trail and Mohawk River with Canawaugus (now Caledonia), Livingston County, New York on the Genesee River in 1794. In 1798 the legislature authorized a road extension to Buffalo, New York on Lake Erie. Another fork also went to Fort Niagara on the border with Canada.[1] Each end of the Great Genesee Road connected to other important migration pathways. The length of the road from Utica to Buffalo was 205 miles (330 km).

Historical Background



The counties along this migration route (east to west) were as follows:[2]

Settlers and Records


External Links


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "New York State Route 5" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 28 June 2011).
  2. Compare route in Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 849. WorldCat entry. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002 with the more northerly route described in "New York State Route 5".