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CORTLAND AND ITHACA NEW YORK

November 24, 2011

CORTLAND  NEW YORK

CORTLAND NEW YORK IS A TOWN IN CENTRAL NEW YORK STATE

CORTLAND MAIN STREET, 1906 POSTCARD

The city is within the former   Central Military Tract. The city is named after  Pierre Van Cortlandt, the first Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York.

 

Cortland, settled in 1791, was made a village in 1853 (rechartered in 1864), and was  incorporated as a city in 1900 as the 41st city in the State of   New York. When the county was formed in 1808, Cortland vied with other villages and won the status of becoming the county seat. The City of Cortland is the  county seat  of Cortland County. Known as the “Crown City” because of its location on a  plain formed by the convergence of seven valleys, Cortland is situated about 1,130 feet (344 m) above sea level, making it the uppermost city to crown the state. Forty stars, representing the 40 cities incorporated before Cortland, circle the State of New York and Crown on the Official City Seal. The seven points of the Crown create seven valleys depicting Cortland’s seven surrounding valleys. The 41st star in the center of the Crown illustrates Cortland as the closest incorporated City to the geographic center of New York.

 

The leading industry in Cortland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was the Wickwire Brothers wire drawing mill, noted for its production of wire hardware cloth for use as window screens. The extent of their wealth is commemorated in a pair of magnificent mansions, the Victorian gothic home of Chester Wickwire is now the “1890 House Museum and Center for the Victorian Arts”while the 1912 home of Charles Wickwire is now called the SUNY Cortland Alumni House and is owned and operated by the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association. It is open to the public as well as being used by the Alumni Association to host College related events and house visiting dignitaries.

 

Cortland was also home to a pioneering  truck maker,  Brockway. Begun in 1875 as Brockway Carriage Works, it was taken over by Mack in 1956, and survived until 1977. The city continues to host an annual show of Brockway trucks.

 

In 1868 Cortland became the home of the Cortland Normal School, now the  State University of New York at Cortland.

 

In 2006, Cortland’s historic clock tower burned down. It was later re-built, with spaces for both businesses and apartment style housing.

 

SOME TYPICAL HOUSES IN CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

 

 

SUNY CORTLAND FRAT HOUSE

 

 

FRAT HOUSE CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

 

SUNY FRAT HOUSE CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

SIGMA DELTA TAU SOROTITY HOUSE CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

 

MAIN STREET CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

 

STREET OVERLOOKING CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

 

STUDENT HOUSING CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

 

LUXURY STUDENT HOUSING CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

 

EPISCOPLAL CHURCH CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

 

CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

 

CHURCH STREET CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

 

CORTLAND CITY PARK

 

 

STATUE COMMEMORATING CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS FROM CORTLAND

 

 

MEMORIAL TO VIETNAM WAR CASUALTIESCORTLAND COUNTY COURT HOUSE

 

 

CORTLAND STANDAR NEWSPAPER BUILDING

 

 

CORTLAND NEW YORK

 

ITHACA

Ithaca  is a small city in the  Finger lakes region of central New York, at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake. In addition to being the home of Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ithaca is known for its several gorges and waterfalls, small eclectic shops and restaurants, and deep interest in politics.

In some ways, Ithaca is a town of many contrasts that can attract different types of visitors. Ithaca is very much a college town, but it is also home to very solid and vibrant permanent community. The town is small and surrounded by outdoor amenities. Cornell University has the feel of the Ivy League school that it is, yet it excels in state-wide agricultural and veterinary research, and is the state’s land-grant university.

 

FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH ITAHACA NEW YORK

 

 

WILLIAM HENRY MILLER INN ITHACA NEW YORK

 

 

COLONIAL BUILDING ITHACA NEW YORK

 

 

STREET SCULPYURE ITHACA NEW YORK

 

 

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE ITHACA NEW YORK

 

 

 

SIMEON'S RESTAURANT ITHACA NEW YORK

 

 

PORTS OF CALL - ITHACA NEW YORK - A SMALL WINERY PRODUCING SPECIALTY PORT FORTIFIED WINES

 

 

PHOTOS BY:

LEONARD EPSTEIN

 

 

VIDEOS:

The History of Cortland, NY 1800-1900

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2011 Tompkins Chamber Annual Dinner Video (ABOUT ITHACA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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