Onondaga County Parks

Historic Sites & Memorials

Historic Sites

Onondaga County Parks is home to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Heritage Center named Skä•noñh Center – Great Law of Peace Center and the Salt Museum both in Liverpool.

  • Griffin Visitor Center
    Griffin Visitor Center located in the Wegmans Landing section of Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, explains the 1928 foresight of community leader Joseph A. Griffin, whose ideas and leadership led to the creation of one of America’s top ten heritage parks. The evolution of recreation and local history is also detailed at the Visitor Center and interpretive displays along the park trails.
  • Butterfly Garden of HopeButterfly Garden of Hope
    Butterfly Garden for Hope along the Onondaga Lake Parkway is a beautiful memorial created and maintained by Hope for Bereaved volunteers. This is a popular spot for wedding ceremonies and photos. For more information, contact Hope for Bereaved.
  • Long Branch Park
    Long Branch Park was a destination amusement park during the resort era of the late 1800’s and early 20th Century and the original home of the beautifully restored carousel of Syracuse’s Destiny USA (formerly known as Carousel Center.)
  • Mud Lock
    Mud Lock, located in the Cold Springs section near Wegmans Good Dog Park, Route 370, allowed passage to the Oswego Canal and was the site of a lively tavern.


  • Indian Hill Memorial in Pompey features a 1917 stone monument honoring what was purported to be the first Catholic mass in New York State
  • Iroquois Memorial 1935 bronze marker at Three Rivers in Clay commemorates early Indian settlement at that site.
  • Hoppers Glen Memorial Park on West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse contains graves of War of 1812 Captains Benjamin Branch and Henry Crouch.

During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.