Buffalo Street is a lightly traveled, east-west, two-lane roadway traversing a sparsely populated section of the Town of Union in Broome County. The macadam pavement is approximately 22 feet wide, with a shallow storm-water drainage ditch flanking both sides. On its southerly side, a driveway, built over a 15-inch sluice pipe in the drainage ditch, connects Buffalo Street with the Serowik home. The Serowiks had erected a stone wall and earthen embankment immediately adjacent to the drainage ditch and sluice pipe. An attractive flower garden adorned the embankment.