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Site of the Whitney-Trott House

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img whitney trott houseThis site is significant for three reasons. It was the home of Parkhurst and Celinda Whitney, original owners of the Cataract House, which hired dozens of African Americans as waiters and cooks, many of whom had been enslaved in the South. It was also the home of their daughter Celinda Eliza Whitney, who married and James Fullerton Trott, who (along with his wife’s brother and brother-in-law) went on to own the Cataract House upon Parkhurst’s retirement. Upon his own retirement, James Fullerton Trott also went on to establish Niagara Falls’ public school system. The Whitney-Trott House was also the center of the largest commercial farm in the Town of Niagara.

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