There are many well known fossil collecting sites in the creeks and gullies draining into the Finger Lakes (places like Kashong Gully, Deep Run, and Portland Point to name a few). But for every well documented site there are a dozen lesser known locales where drainages into the Finger Lakes expose the fossil rich strata of the 385 million year old Middle Devonian Hamilton Group. Indian Creek, near Williard on the eastern side of Seneca Lake, is one such location.
When Rochester Philatelic Association member Gail Ellsworth was looking over her dad’s stamp collection she happened upon an old newspaper article discussing a creative use of the 1939 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commemorative Issue for four northwest states.
Take a look at the rose violet stamp below: