Nations Road Oak Trees

The history of the Genesee Oaks goes back hundreds of years, when the Seneca Indians were the main inhabitants of the Genesee Valley. The Seneca Indians cleared land for hunting and growing crops. They then used periodic burning to maintain hunting clearings. These burnings left the scattered ‘Oak openings’ seen today with their broad and heavy trunked trees, most of which are more than 200 years old.
Upon settling the area, the Wadsworth family continued to act as stewards of the Oak trees for generations, beginning with the brothers James and William Wadsworth. The brothers stipulated that one shade tree be left per 2 acres of leased land, thus saving the Genesee Oaks from the pioneers’ axes.