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Samuel and Elizabeth Cuyler House Site

Samuel C. Cuyler (1808-1872), Elizabeth Julia Cuyler, and son Ledyard Cuyler, descendents of major Dutch families in New York, kept the most important Underground Railroad station on Lake Ontario's shore between Oswego and Rochester, in Pultneyville, New York. The Cuylers sent freedom seekers to Canada on steamboats operated by a relative, Captain Horatio Nelson Throop, aided by small boats sailed by Ledyard and an African American called "Black Bob." In 1838, Samuel championed the right of black abolitionist Samuel R. Ward to speak. Believing that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were antislavery documents, Cuyler supported the Liberty Party in 1840 and the Free Soil Party in 1848. In 1855, he was elected to the New York State Senate as a Republican. For seven years, he served as U.S. Customs Collector in Pultneyville. Evidence for the Cuylers' UGRR work includes letters, contemporary articles, accounts in Wayne county local histories and an oral history from Ledyard Cuyler in 1907.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: B. Forman Park, Wayne County Parks and Recreation, Pultneyville, 14489

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Peter Evans

Location Type: Site

Freedom Seekers: Samuel R. Ward

UGRR Operatives: Captain Horatio Nelson Throop,Elizabeth Julia Cuyler,Ledyard Cuyler,Samuel C. Cuyler,“Black Bob” (NY, c. 1830)