History Buffs

Take a walking tour around the famous and historical Gaffer District and Market Street. In the Corning region, stroll across the Centerway Walking Bridge, constructed in 1921 and known for its glass pavers, lawns, mazes, and perennial gardens.

The buildings and towns of Finger Lakes are not the only things that hold history in this region. Explore the past at a number of annual events that celebrate the arts, culture, and heritage of the Southern Finger Lakes.

Women`s Rights National Historical Park

Women`s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women`s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20,1848. It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today. The efforts of women`s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals.
Location: 136 Fall Street
Phone: (315) 568-2991

Genesee Country Village and Museum

In season, Genesee Country Village & Museum features costumed interpreters in restored historic buildings, breathing life into an authentic 19th-Century Country Village. One of the largest living history museums in the country located just outside of Rochester, NY, in Mumford, it is also home to the John L. Wehle Gallery (following a major remodel) and a nature center.
Location: Rochester, NY
Phone: 585-538-6822

Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, bearing the name of Hammondsport`s favorite son, is located on Route 54, one half mile south of the village of Hammondsport, New York. Dedicated to the memory of pioneer aviator, Glenn Curtiss, the museum contains a priceless collection relating to early aviation and local history. The museum also features a 75-seat theater, large open area for special events and a gift shop. In addition to seeing the museum displays and exhibits, visitors are welcome to visit the Restoration Shop, talk with volunteer craftsman and watch them work on historic aircraft.
Location: Hammandsport, NY
Phone: 607-569-2160

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion

Nestled in the picturesque Finger Lakes region of New York, Sonnenberg Gardens is a New York State Historic Park offering one of the few remaining estates in the U.S. with a Queen Anne-style mansion and formal gardens.
Location: Canandaigua, NY
Phone: 585-394-4922

The Erie Canal Museum

Committed to preserving the only existing weighlock building in the United States, the Erie Canal Museum collects and conserves Canal material, champions an appreciation and understanding of Erie Canal history through educational programming and promotes an awareness of the Canal`s transforming effects on the past, present and future.
Location: Syracuse, NY
Phone: 315-471-0593

Garrett Memorial Chapel

The Garrett Chapel, also known as the "Little Chapel on the Mount"was built by Evelyn and Paul Garrett, who founded and ran Garrett and Company from 1902 until 1940. Garrett and Company was once among the largest wine producers in the world, with peak output exceeding 10 million gallons per year. Much of the grapes were grown on this very spot, on approximately 4000 acres of land in the Finger Lakes.

Today, the Garrett Chapel stands as the last significant remnant of this once great organization. The chapel was erected in memory of Evelyn and Paul`s son Charles, who died of tuberculosis in 1929. Many of the Garrett children died young, and Charles was the only son to survive to adulthood. With him died the family name and the heir apparent of Garrett and Company. Survived by his parents and three sisters, the family sought to commemorate his life and the principles to which they subscribed by building this chapel on the place he loved most - Bluff Point

Location: Penn Yan, NY

The National Soaring Museum

Come visit this classic haven of history! Located on Harris Hill in Elmira, NY, which is the "Soaring Capital of the World", the museum features an impressive collection of gliders as well as historical displays. The Harris Hill flight center offers glider rides as well as flight training for the aspiring soaring aficionado. This is a unique piece of flight history that you won`t want to miss!
Location: Elmira, NY
Phone: (607)-734-3128