Seneca Village Open House
August 2011

Open House at the site of the Seneca Village* Excavations

A student intern discovers a shoe
at the excavation site


This summer, the Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village History, along with a crew of summer interns, conducted an archaeological excavation at the former site of Seneca Village inside of Central Park. The Open House will showcase the students' research and host walking tours of the site. Click here to see the New York Times' recent profile of the Institute's work.    


Wednesday, August 24th

10:00am to 3:00pm

 Located just inside Central Park,  

near West 85th Street  



*In the 1850s, Seneca Village, a thriving community with a population of nearly 300 people, existed on land between 81st and 89th Streets. This predominantly African American community was evicted and their land was taken through the right of eminent domain to make way for the construction of Central Park. 


Below, an image of the excavation work this summer (courtesy of the Seneca Village Project website)