Knox Farm State Park


ISBN: 9780738599212
FORMAT: Paperback
PUBLISHER: Arcadia Publishing
DATE: 6/3/2013
STATE: New York
SERIES: Images of America
PAGES: 128
DIMENSIONS: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)


Author: Gerald L. Halligan is a retired special education teacher for the Buffalo Public Schools, local historical tour guide, and martial arts instructor. He was previously published by Arcadia in 2011. East Aurora resident Renee M. Oubre is a foreign language teacher and an artist/photographer. The authors are grateful for the support of the Seymour H. Knox family, the Friends of Knox Farm, the Aurora Historical Society, and the Greater Western New York community in providing images and history for the creation of this book.

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A stone wall along Seneca Street in East Aurora, New York, welcomes visitors to Knox Farm State Park with its charming buildings, woodlands, and open fields. The farmland was purchased by Seymour H. Knox, an entrepreneur from Russell, New York. Successful in the five-and-dime store industry with his cousin F.W. Woolworth, Knox expanded his business interests to include raising horses and developing a self-sustaining farm. Following his death in 1915, his family maintained and expanded the property, gracing it with architectural features reflecting their interests. In the 1990s, with the passing of Seymour Knox II and sons, the family’s desire to preserve the beloved property was fulfilled with the establishment of Knox Farm State Park.