2,555 acres were purchased as a refuge for members of the Jewish race. Major Mordecai M Noah's cornerstone (now owned by the Buffalo Historical Society) for his enterprise Read: "Ararat, A City of Refuge for Jews, Founded by Mordecai Noah in the month Tizri 5586, September 1825 and in the 50th Year of American Independence." The enterprise failed because of a lack of interest

One of the later owners of the cornerstone was Lewis F. Allen who wanted it for the Whitehaven settlement (see 18-- below) . The stone was quite an attraction there. The stone is now owned by the Buffalo Historical Society.

-- Text source:
The History of Grand Island

Illustration source: On display at Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society