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FROST TOWN: HISTORY & ECOLOGY OF A GHOST TOWN

Explore the history of the nature center landscape through the story of Frost Town, an abandoned 19th-century town built around the timber industry.

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • Downstairs Exhibit

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Did you know that over a hundred years ago…

  • There was a logging camp in the forest around the nature center, along with several houses, a school, and other buildings
  • A train ran down Briggs Gully to Honeoye
  • The nature center landscape was almost entirely deforested

Come explore those facts and learn many more in the exhibit, Frost Town: The History and Ecology of a Ghost Town. This exhibit delves into the history of how the landscape around the nature has changed over the last 250 years. It will focus on Frost Town, a 19th-century town built around the timber industry, and explore why this town was eventually abandoned. Visitors will also see artifacts from Frost Town excavated by the ongoing Frost Town Archaeology project.


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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This exhibit is funded by the American Council of Learned Societies and gives the public access to the ongoing work of Frost Town Archaeology. Learn more about Frost Town Archaeology at frosttownarchaeology.com.

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About The Exhibit

  • Cumming Nature Center
  • Downstairs Exhibit