The Totem Pole
The tradition of the Seneca Indians, part of the five-nation Iroquois Federation, can be researched as far back as 1577, when the Village of Totiakton was discovered near what is now Plains Rd. There followed a very colorful and tragic history of the Senecas as they encountered both French and British settlers, and military ambitions. The heritage that the Senecas, specifically the village of Totiakton, is priceless and should be preserved for all who follow to learn from and value.
In honor of the memory of the Village of Totiakton, David Maloney, a former Honeoye Falls Historian, built and presented to the Village of Honeoye Falls, this totem pole. It is meant to be a source of introspection on the many contributions of the people who occupied this land long before we arrived from Europe.
Its location is also significant, as it marks the entrance of the first covered railroad bridge of the “Peanut Branch” of the New York Central Railroad. You can learn more about that historical point, by listening to stop #4 on this tour, “The Covered Bridge”.