Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
The Wharton Silent Film Tour was created by Wharton Studio Museum in collaboration with Randi Kepecs.
Visit the historic Wharton Studio where, from 1915-1921, silent movies were directed and produced, starring some of the best known actors of the day. Filmmakers Theodore and Leopold Wharton came to Ithaca, became enamoured of its natural beauty and cinematic locations, and leased 50 acres of Renwick Park -- now Stewart Park for their production studio. The Whartons produced hundreds of reels of silent films and notable episodic serials such as "Patria", "Beatrice Fairfax", and "The Great White Trail." They used as their backdrop Cayuga Lake, the stunning gorges, Cornell University's campus and downtown Ithaca.
Enjoy the experience of discovering Ithaca's unique contribution to American movie history brought to you by Wharton Studio Museum, a nonprofit education organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating Ithaca's silent movie history.
Wharton Studio Museum, a local nonprofit arts and education organization committed to preserving and celebrating Ithaca's silent movie history is working with the City of Ithaca (owners of the Park) and Friends of Stewart Park to transform the former movie studio into a Park Center with exhibits on Ithaca's silent movie history.