Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
This tour was developed by Historic Ithaca Inc.
The Village of Trumansburg, settled in 1793, is a lively community on the western shore of Cayuga Lake. Prior to European settlement, this area had long been inhabited by the Cayuga Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. It was not until after the Revolutionary War that the first non-indigenous settlers arrived in the area. Abner Treman (1761-1823), the village's namesake, received an allotment of 600 acres as payment for his military service. He and his brother-in-law, John McLallen (1773-1844), brought their families here in 1793. Because of its productive mills and exceptional soil--and after the completion of the Ithaca-Geneva Turnpike (now NYS Route 96)--Trumansburg grew rapidly as a population center during the nineteenth century. Today, the village boasts a vibrant Main Street, an active music and arts scene, and a top-notch location in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country.
This wide-ranging tour features some of Trumansburg's noteworthy historic and architectural landmarks, including the homes of some of the village's earliest residents and several structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each site highlights a unique aspect of Trumansburg's story. Join us on a tour through the village's vibrant landscape, where past meets present!
Please use discretion when approaching private property. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy the Village of Trumansburg Tour!