Town Line is located less than twenty miles east of Buffalo, New York and seceded from the Union in 1861 for reasons unknown. The Town Line residents did not vote to reverse the decision until 1946 when a reporter uncovered news of the secession. Often describing themselves as “the last stronghold of the Confederacy” the town is an anomaly in the North, being some 500 miles away from the other Confederate states.
Explore the following pages to learn about the unique path of Town Line through secession, rejoining, and the modern day situation as told by passed down stories, artifacts, and historic newspaper articles.
Slider photos: Julia McGaugh in Town Line, NY, October 2018.