The SS Magic was a boat owned and operated by Captain Horatio Throop of Pultneyville. In the mid-1800s there was a small black community nearby in the Town of Sodus (Wayne County). Did they hide Freedom Seekers here? Did they signal ships like the Magic to help the fugitives on their last leg of the journey to Canada?
(Timothy McDonnell) had a discussion with the Pultneyville Historian, Chester
Peters, about the Underground Railroad in northern Wayne County. He told
me that usually the Freedom Seekers were bordered on one of Throop’s ships
in Pulneyville Harbor, which was much more extensive than it is today). Sometimes,
they would flag ships down on top of “Freedom Hill” in nearby Sodus.
It is sometimes referred to now as the Horn Farm. Peters also believes that
fugitives followed streams and used the many drumlins of Wayne County as
compasses on the ground, since they point close to north-south.
This is a copy of an email from the Wayne County Historian, Peter Evans:
I just finished reading a small book titled "Horn Farm" by Herman Cohn, printed by Princeton University Press November 1954.