History & Art - Driving Tour of Tompkins County

A driving tour that explores the history of Tompkins County through public art.

History & Art - Driving Tour of Tompkins County

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage

Tour Information

A driving tour of public murals across Tompkins County that explore local history, and historic figures with ties to Ithaca and Tompkins County.

Explore historic snippets of Tompkins County through this public art driving tour that takes you from Trumansburg to Brooktondale. Murals were created by different artists over more than two decades. Not all murals featuring local history are listed, and we encourage everyone to explore and enjoy the natural beauty and changing landscape of Tompkins County as they drive. Murals may be best appreciated by parking and walking to see them more closely.

Learn more at ithacamurals.com


Intended to be a driving tour or an avid biking trail.

A walking tour variation exists for downtown Ithaca - 'History & Art in Downtown Ithaca'

Listen to the tour on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tompkinshistory/sets/people-of-trumansburg


Resesarch compiled by The History Center in Tompkins County in the fall of 2020. Images taken in the fall of 2020 by Zoë Van Nostrand.

This project was made possible in part through grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the History at Home learning materials, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Brooktondale Community Mural, located at the Brooktondale Community Center, was designed and painted in 2016 by local artist Mary Beth Ihnken, a resident of Brooktondale. The mural was the “brainchild” of the Brooktondale Community ... Read more
The Two Row 400 Year Anniversary Mural was designed and painted by Brandon Lazore (Onondaga Nation, Snipe Clan) in 2013 as part of the City of Ithaca’s resolution (June 5th 2013) in support of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. The mura... Read more
**Please note, the Karen Mural Project was removed from the site in 2021 due to renovations by the property owners** The Karen Mural Project was completed over the course of a month in 2019 by Karen and Burman teen members of the 4-H Urban ... Read more
This mural was designed and painted in 2015 by Khalil Bey, a local author, actor, social activist, and a formerly incarcerated community member, with assistance from Caleb Thomas, Iago Lopez, Tru Milton, Rashid Brown, N. Cox, David, and J.... Read more
The Firehouse 5 Mural at 136 W. State St. was completed in 2017 by four artists, including members of the newly-formed Dripped on the Road traveling artist residency program. Each figure in the mural was designed and completed by a differen... Read more
**This mural was demolished in 2021 due to the renovation of the Green St. Parking Garage** The Women’s Nomination Belt Mural, located on the Green Street Parking Garage, was painted by Brandon Lazore of the Onondaga Nation in 2014. In t... Read more
This mural of celebrated author Toni Morrison was painted by local artist Maryam Adib (Artist handle @thrifted_underwear and @smarf.art) and completed in November of 2019. This mural is on a personal residence, so please be respectful of th... Read more
The West End Mural was designed and painted by local artist Mary Beth Ihnken in 2004 with assistance from Bill Benson. The mural was a request of the Alternatives Federal Credit Union to brighten up their drive thru lanes, and was partially... Read more
The People of Trumansburg Mural was painted in 2016 by Dan Burgevin and Salima Guireyon on the side of the NAPA Auto Parts building at 1 East Main Street, Trumansburg. In explaining how a mural tells a story and consists of parts of histor... Read more


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