Summer & Fall Events at Dryden Historical Society

Historic Southworth Homestead Tours: First Saturdays of the month, 10, 11, 12 noon (Dryden Historical Society, Southworth Homestead, 14 North Street, Dryden, NY)

Dryden Historical Society will offer tours around its historic home-Southworth Homestead-on the following Dates: July 7, August 4, September 1, and October 6. Suggested $5 donation. Private or Group tours,  Phone 607-844-4691 or 607- 280-7328

Dryden Dairy Day, June 9, 2018, 10 AM - 3 PM

Parade, Montgomery Park activities.

Open Gate Garden Tour. Dryden Beautification,  July 14, 2018

There will be a tour around five local gardens.

Homestead Heritage Fair Day, October 6th, 10 AM - 3 PM (Dryden Historical Society, Southworth Homestead, 14 North Street, Dryden, NY)

There will be traditional crafts demonstrations - spinning, quilting, chair caning, basketry, blacksmith, sheep shearing, and more; quilt tent; horse drawn wagon ride; Discovery Shed with kids games and activities; eats by Dryden Community Cafe';  historic house tours. Music, all day. 



Cayuga Waterfront Trail and Friends of Stewart Park Bike Tour

Friday, June 22, 4-5:30pm. Meet at Jean McPheeters Trailhead (East Shore Visitor Center, 904 East Shore Dr., Ithaca, NY)

Join us for a guided tour of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. We will begin at the Jean McPheeters Trailhead and visit all of the five trailheads, also including Stewart Park Trailhead, Farmers Market, Inlet Island, and Cass Park. In addition we will stop at the Rowing Panel and the Gateway to the Erie Canal Panel on Inlet Island and follow the Walk Through History guide for the Cass Park Trail.  This will be a 10-mile and very flat ride at a relaxed pace. Bring your bike or grab a Lime Bike and see you on the trail.

Tickets $10; students/seniors/Friends of Historic Ithaca/Friends of the History Center $7; under 12 free. Proceeds benefit the work of Friends of Stewart Park.




Sunday, June 24, 2018, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM; meet at the Picnic (Large) Pavilion at Stewart Park, 1 James L. Gibb Drive, Ithaca, NY

From its earliest use by the Cayuga Nation, this beautiful lakeside site that is now Stewart Park has a fascinating history. Originally known as Renwick Park, its main pavilions date back to the late 1890s. Soon thereafter, the park became a private amusement park featuring dance and picnic pavilions, a bandstand, and a beautiful water tower. In the 1910s a booming movie studio produced scores of silent films there. Explore the buildings and sites that capture the history of the park—and hear plans for its ongoing revitalization—on a guided walking tour led by Friends of Stewart Park’s Executive Director Rick Manning and Board Chair Diana Riesman, who is also Executive Director of the Wharton Studio Museum. 

Tickets $10; students/seniors $7; under 12 free. Proceeds benefit the work of Friends of Stewart Park.



Unveiling Ithaca’s Living Past Tour

Select Fridays: June 29, July 20, August 24, 4-5pm. Meet at the trolley circle near Center Ithaca on The Commons.

This tour will focus on elements of living, working, playing, and honoring in and around what we now know as The Commons from both historical and current perspectives. The downtown area is the center of the county and holds narratives of individuals, institutions, organizations, business, and civic life. Free. 


Clinton House_resized.jpg

Downtown Ithaca Architectural Walking Tour

Select Fridays, July 6, July 13, July 27, August 3, August 10, 4-5 pm. Meet at the trolley circle near Center Ithaca on The Commons.

Ithaca’s downtown features historic gems that illustrate chapters in the history of the city. See how preservationists and developers have worked together to save these key components of Ithaca’s past. Free.


Walk and Talks poster photo.jpg

Historic Ithaca Walk and Talk Series

Saturdays, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM. White Park Section of Cayuga Heights, July 7; Danby Community Church, July 14; Rogues’ Harbor in Lansing, July 21; Trumansburg, July 28.

This summer, stroll and explore selected landmarks in Tompkins County with our local municipal historians! This program will take place on Saturdays and last for about an hour.

All Walk & Talks begin at 11:00 a.m.

To RSVP for a tour, please email Christine at christine@historicithaca.org.

Sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company. This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.


For a complete guide to Ithaca events, attractions, dining, shopping, and more, explore Visit Ithaca.