"Does anyone out there remember "Devil's Cave" that was located behind the Richardson's Root Beer Stand, next to Nativity school???? I spent a lot of my youth in this extensive cave system. I remember that the guy who bought the property, said that he was going to bulldoze it closed back in 1959-1960.Being a few years younger than he is, it didn't ring a bell, so I decided to do some exploring of my own. Who better to go to than Clarence alumnus ('84) Doug Kohler? Besides wearing the hat of Erie County Historian, teacher, and being part of the Clarence History Museum, he has written a book about Harris Hill.
the cave extended to the basement of the Harris Hill Hometown cleaners, and was one of the Main St stagecoach stops in the 1800's"
"His recollection matches with much of the information I gathered in interviews for the Harris Hill book. In fact, there is a hand drawn map of Devil's Cave in the book. Any connection with the Underground Railroad, though, is merely speculation."If I had read it I would have known that...So I went to the History Museum and picked up a copy. The map! Click to enlarge...
To learn more about Harris Hill read the book! I know I'm going to :)
All 4 books about Clarence are available at the History Museum on Main Street in Clarence on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons or online through Buffalo Books (print order form separately as far as I know). Become a fan of the Clarence Historical Society on Facebook too!