Ithaca Heritage Sampler

Ithaca Heritage Sampler

Dryden, New York 13053, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage

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Ithaca Heritage is the gateway to discovering the incredible local history and culture embedded in the landscapes of Tompkins County. We will help you uncover these stories of our past and present as we guide you on your heritage journey, integrating academic knowledge with local wisdom to peel back the hidden layers of experiences packed within this small geographic area. Here is a sampler of the various topics we'll cover in our self-guided tours. We are here to show you how we make history every day.

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What You'll See on the Tour

These four figures, created by local artist Rob Licht, make up a monument to the women who went as nurses at a time when there was no nurse training, no uniform, no required skills, but only the willingness to be helpful at the nation’s t... Read more
The Southworth Library was a gift to the people of Dryden from Jennie McGraw Fiske, daughter of lumber millionaire John McGraw. She left $30,000, for the formation of the Southworth Library Association, named in honor of her mother and gran... Read more
Southworth Homestead, now home to the Dryden Historical Society, is a Federal-style home built in 1836 from local brick and listed on the Nat'l Register of Historic Places.
The Eight Square Schoolhouse is a one-room, octagonal building located on Hanshaw Road in Dryden. It was established in 1827 by a group of farmers who wanted a new school for their children. This school produced many famous local alumni, in... Read more
After years of planning, restoration on the 1800's octagonal barn began in late fall of 2015. The entire restoration took 6-8 weeks with the barn being completely restored to its original historic construction.
Developed in 1910, Cornell Orchards grows up to 17,000 bushels of apples per year. It sells the majority of its apples in its store, through Cornell’s campus and other local vendors. The facility cultivates 34 different kinds of apples, ... Read more
The Ithaca City Cemetery is not only the final resting place for significant figures in New York State and American history, but it also epitomizes the changing cemetery aesthetic that reflected cultural shifts in the community it served, a... Read more
Alex Haley is the celebrated author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976). By April 1977 almost two million hardcover copies of the book had been sold and 130 million people had seen all or part of the eight-episode television s... Read more
The Stowell family, well known wholesale grocers in Ithaca, NY commissioned William Henry Miller to build their home. When the foundation wasn’t just exactly right, Ithaca newspapers reported that that original foundation was ripped out a... Read more
Ithaca College began in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory, a music school with 8 staff members and 132 students. The conservatory was the project of W. Grant Egbert, a violin virtuoso from Danby who spent much of his time studying in Europe. ... Read more
The Crescent Building stands today as Ithaca's oldest surviving movie palace structure. Built in 1916 as the Crescent Theater, it was designed by the local architectural firm of Gibb & Waltz. The building, which retains its original cla... Read more
The TCAT stop on Seneca Street closest to Aurora Street has been adorned with a mural depicting important aspects of Haudenosaunee culture, including representations of chiefs from each of the five original nations and five wampum belts tha... Read more
The History Center is one of Tompkins County's earliest organized institutions, and has lived a somewhat rough and tumble life since its inception in 1863. After 10 years of progress in its State Street home, the organization catapulted its... Read more
Although the cities of Evanston, Illinois and Two Rivers, Wisconsin both claim to have been the birthplace of the ice cream sundae, Ithaca is the only city that has detailed documentation suggesting it is the home of this treat. An issue of... Read more
Walking out of Center Ithaca on the Commons and facing down Bank Alley to Tioga Street, you are standing on ground where, a century ago, trolleys packed with Cornellians, tourists and commuters rumbled down two parallel tracks through the i... Read more
A remarkable publishing and printing business occupied this site for around 100 years, although it underwent a bewildering array of name changes. The firm had its beginnings in 1815, when Jonathan Ingersoll founded Ithaca's first newspaper,... Read more
In March of 1960, Woolworths Department Store was the setting for Cornell Committee Against Segregation to picket on behalf of student demonstrators who had been conducting lunch-counter sit-ins at Woolworth Department stores in the South. ...
Originally The Ithaca Journal’s storage bays, Press Bay Alley is a marketplace for creative businiesses.  
St. James is the oldest original church structure in Ithaca, New York (built 1833). In addition, we have received the following accolades and acknowledgements: Historic Ithaca Restoration Award, NYS Historical Landmark, National Register of... Read more
The Significant Elements building had been one of the original Thomas Aeroplane Company facilities. Significant Elements is a program of Historic Ithaca begun in 1991 to promote the reuse of architectural elements when the demolition of a... Read more
Wharton Studio Museum’s mission is to preserve and celebrate the role Ithaca and the region played in the history of American film. Click here to learn more about the Wharton Studio. ...


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