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By Charley Githler Tompkins Weekly   A little less than 10 miles south of Ithaca, in the village of Newfield, is the oldest surviving covered bridge (in New York state) that is still open to daily vehicular traffic. … more
By Charley Githler Tompkins Weekly Tompkins County was formed from pieces carved out of Seneca and Cayuga counties in 1817, with Ithaca as its county seat. Yet to the visitor of what was then a small but boisterous hamlet, such a lofty … more
By Charley Githler Tompkins Weekly It may be hard to imagine, but from the time Cayuga Lake was connected to the Erie Canal in 1828 – and for more than a century thereafter – Ithaca was a port city. A village of … more
By Charley Githler Tompkins Weekly Tompkins County (and its county seat Ithaca) underwent remarkable changes in the first 50 years after its formation in 1817, but it was nonetheless a time quite different from our own. The remnants of … more
By Eric Banford Tompkins Weekly The Discovery Trail is a museum-library partnership between eight member organizations that have been collaborating for nearly two decades to help visitors explore nature, science, and culture. Each … more
Tompkins Weekly Staff CAYUGA HEIGHTS – Local residents got their due for their work to make, engage with and interpret local history. The History Center in Tompkins County presented its 2nd annual awards last week, with six honorees … more
By Charley Githler Tompkins Weekly One of the many charming aspects of living in Ithaca is that sizable tracts of the city’s residential neighborhoods retain the look and feel of the 19th century. Many traces of the past … more
By Charley Githler Tompkins Weekly Tompkins County is getting ready to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of its creation in April 1817. Local organizations are planning dozens of events and exhibits to celebrate this milestone … more
By Charley Githler Tompkins Weekly   Historical markers and artifacts abound throughout the City of Ithaca. Two of those items, prominently displayed but largely ignored, are giant fire alarm bells. Both of them … more
Tompkins Weekly Staff Some of Dryden’s most notable homes will be on display this weekend, when Historic Ithaca’s 8th annual “That Old House Tour” showcases properties in the village. The walking and driving tour … more
Fall is officially here in the Finger Lakes and there’s a myriad of things for residents, and visitors, to do to celebrate the season. Cider tasting, apple picking, corn mazes, and Halloween … more
By Charley Githler Tompkins Weekly Though record-keeping was far from an exact science at the time, historians estimate that between 14 million and 15 million people left Italy between 1880-1920, more than 4 million of whom … more
By Charley Githler   Stewart Park, with its playground, tennis courts, barbecue stands and picnic tables, is undergoing a renaissance. The Friends of Stewart Park have stated as a goal to “restore Stewart Park to … more
By Charley Githler Tompkins Weekly As pothole season unfolds before our very eyes, it bears noting that we are blessed with an infrastructure that we take largely for granted. Tompkins County has more miles of paved roads than the … more
By Charley Githler Tompkins Weekly The city is reviewing plans for a six-story apartment building that would replace The Nines – the fire station-turned restaurant and bar at 311 College Ave. The 80-foot tall building … more
By Charley Githler Tompkins Weekly Tompkins County in 1967 was very different from the Tompkins County of 1917. It had been an eventful five decades. The prior 50 years had seen two world wars, Prohibition, the Great Depression, the New … more
By Reanna Lavine Tompkins Weekly “Are you working hard enough? Are you keeping up our legacy?” The attentive gazes of 15 New York suffragists ask this of us in a new exhibition by Ithaca-born artist Christine Nobles … more
Tompkins Weekly Staff As part of Tompkins County’s ongoing Bicentennial celebration during 2017, the Town of Ulysses will mark the milestone at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 23, at the Ulysses Town Hall, located at 10 Elm St. in … more
Tompkins Weekly Staff DRYDEN – An exhibit celebrating the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York state – “Rural Voices on the Path to Women’s Rights” – will travel throughout Tompkins County during 2017. … more
By Rob Montana Tompkins Weekly April 7, 1817. That’s the date Tompkins County became official. And now, 200 years later, the county’s bicentennial milestone is being celebrated. “We’re doing something in the name of … more
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