Featured Tours


Historical Bridges in Tompkins County, NY Tour

Each stop on the tour highlights one of Tompkins County's historical bridges, showing how it has been either altered or preserved over the years.


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William Henry Miller Lower Collegetown Architecture Walking Tour

William Henry Miller (1848-1922) was one of Ithaca's most prolific local architects, dramatically reshaping the skyline of Ithaca and Cornell University.


Barns of Tompkins County

This driving tour is based on the "Barns of Tompkins County: Self-Guided Driving Tour" prepared by Historic Ithaca and the New York State Barn Coalition in 2008.


Ithaca College: A Walking Tour of Its Downtown Roots

Ithaca College began modestly in 1892 as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, founded in downtown Ithaca by a local musician, violinist William Grant Egbert. This walking tour begins at the Boardman House on DeWitt Park and includes many college landmarks

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 Photographs courtesy of The ithaca aviation heritage foundation and mark Hartsuyker

Photographs courtesy of The ithaca aviation heritage foundation and mark Hartsuyker

Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation

Historic "Tommy Plane" flight September 29th, 2pm- 5pm at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

Enjoy these images of folks who helped restore the Tommy Plane to flying condition.


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Sage House, 118 Sage Place, Ithaca

Set on a terraced hillside above State Street on Ithaca's East Hill, Sage House is a Victorian mansion now the home of the Cornell University Press. The residence was built for Henry Williams Sage (1814-1897) and Susan Linn Sage (1819-1885) between 1877 and 1880.

Historic Ithaca and  Cornell University Press  are co-hosting a behind-the-scenes tour of the William H. Miller-designed property led by architectural historian, and Miller expert, Mary Tomlan. Ornately carved woodwork, tiled fireplaces, and finely crafted stained glass windows are just some of the interior features to be highlighted.

Tomlan discusses the architectural history of Sage House and the monumental building process involved on the hillside site. Cornell University Press’s Digital Publishing Editor Karen Laun relates the use of the house first as a residence and then later as the Cornell Infirmary and occupation by Cornell administrative offices and the Cornell University Press.

Join us on Thursday, September 13, at 5:30 p.m. at 118 Sage Place in Ithaca for the tour and a wine-and-cheese reception.

Tickets are $40 ($35 for seniors, students, and Friends of Historic Ithaca) and can be purchased  online , in-store at Significant Elements (212 Center Street), or by calling Significant Elements at (607) 277-3450.

Proceeds benefit the programs and services of Historic Ithaca, including its Work Preserve job training program, workshop series, free guided tours, and library.



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