Featured Tours


Southside Loop: African-American Tour

The Southside neighborhood has an African­ American heritage that dates back 180 years.

Historical Bridges in Tompkins County Tour

A tour highlighting historical bridges, showing how it has been either altered or preserved over the years.


History Hike

 A walking tour in honor of the Tompkins County bicentennial celebration. View scenes of the past while enjoying a walk through the present.

Wharton Studio Silent Film Tour

Visit the historic Wharton Studio where, from 1915-1921, silent movies were directed and produced, starring some of the best known actors of the day.



Featured Site


Newfield Covered Bridge

Built in 1853 and dedicated to Elijah Moore, son of an early settler, this bridge is the oldest covered bridge in daily use in New York State. Constructed at a cost of 800.00 the distinctive diamond pattern of the "Town Lattice Truss" is pinned together with trunnels or"tree nails". The roof and siding serve to protect the structure from the ravages of nature.  Popular in the 1800's because of plentiful and inexpensive timber covered bridges or"timber tunnels" became places for social gatherings.  This is the only remaining covered bridge in Tompkins County.

Town of Newfield. Historical Marker






Tompkins County’s voice for historic preservation, education, and sustainability.


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