Explore the deep heritage of Ithaca, New York and Tompkins County
through walking, biking, and driving tours.
Ezra Cornell Historic Tour
Ezra Cornell (1807-1874) first came to Ithaca at the age of 21. He worked as a carpenter and then in Jeremiah Beebe's plaster and flour mill. By the time he was 57 he was a millionaire and philanthropist. He founded Cornell University in 1865.
William Henry Miller Downtown Architecture Tour
William Henry Miller (1848-1922) was one of Ithaca's most prolific local architects, dramatically reshaping the skyline of Ithaca and Cornell University.
Village of Dryden
Dryden's noteworthy historic and architectural landmarks, including eight structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each site highlights a unique aspect of Dryden's development.
Wharton Studio Silent Film Tour
Visit the historic Wharton Studio where, from 1915 to 1921, silent movies were directed and produced, starring some of the best known actors of the day.
Southworth Homestead, now home to the Dryden Historical Society, is a Federal-style home built in 1836 from local brick and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tompkins County’s voice for historic preservation, education, and sustainability.
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