There’s an Irish Ghost Town in Western New York
I wasn't really much for school as a kid, I'll be completely honest there. It took everything in my parents power to make me do my homework. However, out of all the necessary subjects it was history that kept my interest the most.
History is at every corner of the world but it's extra special when it can be uncovered right in Western New York. You may not know about a long-forgotten Irish ghost town that once was busy in the 1800s and early 1900s.
WGRZ reports that there was an Irish settlement called "Little Ireland" in what is now Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County. It's seven miles west of Limestone, NY.
The town also went by the name of New Ireland, but Little Ireland is a pretty fascinating place because it was a town of Irish immigrants who settled there during the potato famine in the 1800s.
Paul Lewis, a retired history teacher, was so fascinated by this settlement (from rumors) he went through old maps of Allegany State Park and he found a spot called, "Irish Brook."
Lewis was teaching Cleveland Hill High School at the time and he had his class do a project on the town, even assigning a family to do research on for each student.
12 families in all lived there, including a school. Building foundations, withered by time are still there in Allegany State Park. Moss-covered limestone blocks, per WGRZ.
By the early 1900s, after finding oil in New Ireland, the families of the settlement moved to Pennsylvania and then out west to go where the money was. The buildings of the forgotten town were essentially hidden for years at Allegany State Park.
What's also cool is there are a whole host of actual ghost towns in New York State, which you can find here. Towns, villages, settlements and hamlets that for whatever reason, were abandoned and forgotten over time.