Map of Underground Railroad Routes
The Genesee River and Valley were important landmarks on this network and houses reputed to have been part of the network exist throughout the region (because of the secretive nature of the Underground Railroad, it is often difficult to substantiate these claims). As a center for abolitionist activity, Rochester and the Genesee Valley were home to men and women who provided support for the Underground Railroad. Ports on Lake Ontario (e.g. Pultneyville, to the east of Rochester) and the Genesee River (e.g. Kelsey's Landing in Rochester) provided convenient transportation to Canada.