Farmersville State Forest

History along the Finger Lakes Trail - Western Region

Farmersville State Forest

Franklinville, New York 14737, United States

Created By: Diane Lebo Wallace


The 1,144-acre Farmersville State Forest is a popular hunting and hiking destination.

In the 1930s Farmersville was the site of many work projects carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC. The CCC, established by the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provided employment opportunities for young men during the depression. CCC projects included the construction of roads and the planting of thousands of pine, larch and spruce trees in the open areas on the property. Water holes were constructed to provide water for fire protection of young plantations and in some cases to water trees. Some of these rock lined water holes still exist on the unit.

Most of the property was cleared for farm land at some time in the past. House holes, stone foundations and sometimes old wells can be found.

Maple syrup production was historically a common farm activity in this area. The remains of "sugar arches" can be found in some parts of the forest. These consisted of large metal pans built over a rock base. A wood fire was built under the pan to boil sap.

FLT Map M5

This point of interest is part of the tour: History along the Finger Lakes Trail - Western Region


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