In 1779, the American Revolution came to the frontier regions of New York when a Continental expedition led by Major General John Sullivan left a path of destruction in its wake destroying dozens of Native American villages forcing thousands of their inhabitants to flee north to Canada. Among the villages destroyed during the expedition was She-que-ga, often referred to by travelers as Catharine’s Town.
The village, located on the southern bank of Seneca Lake, got the nickname from its leader, Queen Catharine Montour.
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Photos Courtesy of:
Schuyler County Historical Society
Library of Congress