Niagara Falls, N.Y. - For the past 5 years, notable figures from the history of Niagara Falls have strolled the grounds of the Niagara Reservation State Park and told their stories to countless thousands of guests from around the world. Annie Edson Taylor (the first person to go over the Falls in a Barrel), French explorer Father Louis Hennepin, tightrope walker "The Great Blondin", local Businessman Augustus Porter, Inventor Nikola Tesla and young daredevil Angeline Whitney are joined this season by revered Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
Olmsted played a key role in the acquisition of the lands that - in 1885 - became the Niagara Reservation State Park. He was instrumental in the design of the park itself (along with partner Calvert Vaux). Olmsted was the designer of Central Park and Battery Park in NYC and countless other parks throughout North America. His work is well-represented by the Delaware Parks System in nearby Buffalo, NY. Meeting visitors to the Falls, Olmsted shares his vision and belief that parklands "should be for people of all race, creed, color and economic standing". With well-researched delivery Mr. Olmsted easily handles questions about his vision for the Park and the natural beauty of Niagara Falls that inspired him to create a truly beautiful experience for visitors and residents alike.
Portrayed by Buffalo-area actor and musician Gary Andrews-Stieglitz, Olmsted has quickly become a popular character posing for photographs and telling his story to visitors from countless countries and from across the US and Canada. The Characters of History program operates on Saturdays from 12-5pm through Labor Day weekend. The program also operates on Tuesdays in July and August, and on the July 4 holiday. There is no cost nor are gratuities solicited. The program is provided by the New York State Parks and from 3 to 5 characters are present on any given day.
Olmsted shares his story with guests at the Niagara Reservation State Park.
Olmsted and Annie Edson Taylor - the Fall's most popular (and photographed) residents!!