Walk & Talks with Historic Ithaca

As part of this year's county Bicentennial celebration, stroll and explore selected landmarks in Tompkins County this summer. Guided by municipal historians from communities throughout Tompkins County. Various Saturdays this Summer. All Walk & Talks begin at 11am and last for approximately 45 minutes.


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A Century of Stewart Park History

Friends of Stewart Park is partnering with the City of Ithaca and our generous community to revitalize Stewart Park in time for its centennial celebration on July 4, 2021. Join FSP Executive Director Rick Manning and discover the park's fascinating history as a trolley park, a home to silent film production, a habitat for birds and wildlife, and a place for family fun. Learn about exciting ongoing improvement projects and future plans for beautiful Stewart Park, our community's main waterfront park. 

August 4th, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at The History Center



Come Dig with Us! Archaeology Day Camp

Join The History Center in Tompkins County in a field school to the public at the historic Eight Square Schoolhouse. Participants will learn archaeological field techniques and research skills by working side-by-side with several professional archaeologists; contribute to the historical record of the Eight Square School.

August 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2017, 9 am –  4 pm, at the Eight Square School House.



2017 Tompkins County Open Farm Days

2017 Open Farm Days is a FREE 2-day annual event that allows visitors to experience local agriculture up-close. Seventeen farms across Tompkins County will open their gates to the public for farm tours, demonstrations, food tastings, and animal interaction for an afternoon of family-friendly farm fun! 

August 12 & 13, 12 pm - 4 pm, at farm locations across Tompkins County, NY


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7th Annual Silent Movie under the Stars

Wharton Studio Museum is thrilled to be showing The Great White Trail (1917) on Saturday evening, August 26th at Taughannock Falls State Park for its 7th Annual Silent Movie Under the Stars. Admission is free. There is a $5 parking fee at the park.  Live music by Door #3. Produced in collaboration with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Presenting Sponsor for Silent Movie Under the Stars is M&T Bank.

August 26 - 8:15 pm, at Taughannock Falls State Park



Ithaca City Cemetery Sprint

Walk or run off those Halloween candy calories on this one-mile, all-terrain, challenging dash through Ithaca’s historic municipal cemetery. Costumes are welcome and prizes will be given. All ages welcome

October 14, 11am–12:30pm



Ithaca City Cemetery Halloween Tours 

Learn about the Ithaca City Cemetery’s evolution from village burying ground to Victorian garden of the dead. Enjoy the sweeping views that make the cemetery a favorite spot for the living, while getting to know the famous residents and the stories they have to tell.

Select weekends in October.



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