History of Letchworth
William Pryor Letchworth and His Gift
On December 1, 1910, William Pryor Letchworth passed quietly into eternal rest at his Wyoming County home, Glen Iris. This set in motion processes that would bring great changes to his property and the surrounding countryside. Born in 1823 in Brownsville, NY, Letchworth was the fourth child of eight in a tight-knit Quaker family. He grew up valuing honesty, piety, modesty, hard work, education and service to others. Apprenticed as a clerk in a saddalry and hardware business in nearby Auburn, he quickly became so well known for industry and business sense that he was offered a partnership in a new metal working business being established in Buffalo, New York when he was only 25. The Pratt & Letchworth firm prospered, thanks to William’s hard work and organizational skills.
Thanks to William Pryor Letchworth everyone has the opportunity to visit New York State's crown jewel of the State Park system. Letchworth State Park is 17 miles long and encompasses over 14, 350 acres. The Genesee River runs through the middle of the park and over three magnificent waterfalls. The highest of which is 107 feet high. The cliffs, created by the river are 600 feet high.
There are numerous walking trails along the gorge which are well maintained and accessible. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking, snowmobiling, and crosscounty skiing are but a few of the popular park activities. An outdoor swimming pool is located at the North area of the park along with many picnic areas throughout.
Overnight lodging is available at several rustic cabin areas, a 270 site campground, and the Glen Iris Inn. Be sure to visit the William Pryor Letchworth Museum featuring a large collection of Native American artifacts, as well as park related items.