The Valley:

Nestled just southeast of Rochester City limits are 73 acres of land of Unsurpassed natural beauty and Environmental sensitivity, often referred to as the Allens Creek Valley. Carved by glaciers, the valley has been safeguarded from development due to steep slopes that surround and protect it. The secluded valley offers an oasis of sight, sound, and remarkable natural features in an otherwise densely developed suburban area. These features include the following:

  • A series of waterfalls cascading over limestone outcroppings.
  • The clear, pebble-bottomed waters of Allens Creek, home to rainbow trout, spawning salmon, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians.
  • A diverse mix of meadows, old-growth forests, and wetlands.
  • Unusual glacial features: eskers, alluvial fans, and moraines.
  • Owls, raptors, migratory songbirds, waterfowl, and more than 100 other bird species.
  • Red fox, deer, opossum, mink, and wild turkey.
  • Wildflowers and other protected plants, including round-lobed hepatica, cardinal flowers, and bittersweet.

The Allens Creek valley is of historical significance both to the Native Americans who first lived there and to the earliest European traders. A major foot trail of the Iroquois people traversed the valley, and a sacred burial site was documented in the 1800s. Sixteenth-century traders established ties with local natives at nearby Indian Landing long before Rochester was founded. In the 19th century, European settlers farmed the fertile valley lands and constructed mills to harness the manageable power of Allens Creek.

The Corbett family, whose home still stands, welcomed picnic goers to summer parties along the creek. Succeeding generations of Rochesterians have continued to enjoy the magical beauty of the area.