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Cuylerville, New York: Torture Tree

Two Revolutionary War soldiers met a gruesome end thanks to this tree. It has its own little parking lot and several historical plaques that provide bloody details.

US Hwy 20A, Cuylerville, NY
A half-mile east of Cuylerville, on the south side of US Hwy 20A. The tiny Boyd Parker Memorial Park has its own tiny parking lot.
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Torture Tree.

Torture Tree

The tree is impressively large. Use bug spray if you are there, because the mosquitoes were fierce.

[Annie, 08/22/2021]

Torture plaque.

Torture Tree

Boyd Parker Memorial Park is the site where two American Revolutionary soldiers, Lt. Boyd and Sgt. Parker, were captured and brutally tortured using this tree, hence the name "Torture Tree." The tree is at least 275 years old, one of the oldest in New York. This site is also included in the National Historic Registry and National Arboretum Society.

[Ed & Elizabeth Reiller, 08/03/2017]

Boyd and Parker were tortured by members of the Seneca tribe, who were allies of the British. The tree was used creatively and the torture was gruesome -- various plaques near the tree provide details -- but native tribes also inflicted gruesome torture on each other.

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