The Ballad of Bertie; from his journal
Author: Barbara Bell
Published: 1966 - 34 pages
Bertie Canfield was a 12-year-old boy who moved to Burdett, New York with his family, who obtained land under the Homestead Act in 1880. Bertie kept a diary filled with several ballads, printed in this book.
Boyhood Memories of Bolton Brown
Author: Bolton Brown
Published: 1986 – 127 pages
Bolton Brown was an artist whose most noteworthy achievement was to raise stone lithography to a perfection never seen before his time. He was also a teacher, writer, and thinker. He founded the Standford University art department and later founded the Woodstock, New York art colony. His story begins in Dresden, New York where he was born, and Burdett, New York where he was raised by his paternal grandparents.
The History of the Town of Catharine, Schuyler County, New York
Author: M. Louise (Catlin) Cleaver
Published: 1945 – 674 pages
Cleaver has written a complete history of the town of Catharine, starting with the Native Americans who first lived in the area. She also includes descriptions of many of the families that resided in Catharine, and asked members of each family to write their own histories for the book. She also writes about the colony of New York, and discusses in depth about Schuyler County and other towns located within it.
Railroads Remembered; The History of railroads in western New York and Pennsylvania
Author: Ian G. Mackenzie
Published: 2014 – 148 pages
This book describes the history of every railroad operated between and today in Western New York and western Pennsylvania. It also includes information on electric trolley lines, local streetcars, major railroad bridges, abandoned rail lines, railroad museums, and six former railroad employees.
Letters to Suzanna; The First Twenty Years
Author: Barbara H. Bell
Published: 1992 - 184 pages
Letters to Suzanna is a fictional story of an eight-year-old girl named Suzanna, who asked, in a magazine, for a pen-pal. The book is a collection of letters to Suzanna from Susahannah Sukey Nash, a pioneer settler in 1808 who responded to Suzanna’s request.
Echoes from the Stage That Influenced a Generation; A story of performing arts at Corning Glass Center and the Twin Tiers
Author: Robert Louis Lyon
Published: 1994 – 180 pages
Echoes from the Stage tells the story of a generation of performing arts in Corning, NY and the Twin Tiers region which won acclamation from New York and London critics.
A Walk Through Watkins Glen; Water's Sculpture in Stone
Author: Tony Ingraham
Published: 2008 - 83 pages
"Through flowing words and gorgeous pictures, he will deepen your understandings and appreciation of this enchanting little canyon as you discover secrets of its rocks, water, wildlife, and people. He takes you on an imaginary walk under mossy cliffs, behind waterfalls, past deep rock pools, through tunnels, and up hundreds of stone steps by rugged walls. You will see the glen at different times during the year, at different times in human history, and at different times in earth's history." from the back cover of the book.
Beaver Dams Homestead; the Diaries of Truman Grove Beecher
Edited by: Patricia J. Beecher
Published: 2003 - 431 pages
Beaver Dams Homestead is a collection of the diaries of Truman Grover Beecher, 1862-1887. Truman was a farmer, inventor, entrepreneur, and traveler. He was also actively involved in the formation and growth of Beaver Dams, New York.
My Centennial Diary; A year in the life of a country boy
Author: Earll K. Gurnee, 1876
Published: 2009 – 85 pages
This diary takes you inside the world of 18-year-old Earll K. Gurnee in Skaneateles, NY as he lives his everyday life. He writes about school, family life, farm life, girlfriends, hard work, and a few local scandals, too.
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Town of Catharine History; Schuyler County, New York
Author: Carol Tetz Fagnan
Published: 2003 – 336 pages
This detailed history of the town of Catharine provides in-depth information on nearly every road in the town, as well as several families that have resided there. It is meant as a clarification to Cleaver’s “Line-up of Property” section in her 1945 book, The History of the Town of Catharine, Schuyler County, New York.
The Stoneware of Havana, N.Y.; and its makers 1850-1888
Author: Allen F. Sweet
Published: 2011 - 87 pages
The Stoneware of Havana, N.Y. includes images and descriptions of several types and collections of stoneware and pottery produced in Havana, and the surrounding areas of Montour Falls and Watkins Glen.
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Home in These Hills; A Young Woman's Diary OUT OF PRINT
Author: Viola Coolbaugh
Published: 2010 - 82 pages
"What happened on a normal day to a normal young woman in 1891? Step inside the world of 25-year-old Viola Coolbaugh as she lives her life in Schuyler County, New York. Home in These Hills invites us into Viola's world.
She writes of the happenings in Altay, New York - her housework, baking pastries for her father's store, terrible sicknesses, working at the basket factory, and making ice cream with hailstones." - from the back cover of the book
The Story of a Sugar Bowl; A family history of Schuyler County, New York
Author: Joanne Carpenter Parke
Published: 1987 – 30 pages
The book is composed of short histories of the past and present owners of an ironstone sugar bowl that changed hands several times over many generations in the Schuyler County area.
Seneca Dawn; The Pioneer Journey of John Dow
Author: Frank W. Steber
Published: 2007 - 114 pages
In this work of historical fiction, Steber tells the story of John Dow, one of the first pioneers of the Finger Lakes region. He arrived at the head of Seneca Lake in the late 1700s, having travelled from Connecticut. Dow must use his skills and experience to create a new life in the wilderness and the frontier of Western New York.
From Maspeth to Sugar Creek; A story of two families
Author: Sheryl Gunderman Robinson
Published: 2015 – 147 pages
Robinson reveals the lives and hardships of two families in seventeenth century England, as they move to New England, and then finally settle in upstate New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.
Seneca Hope; The Life and Landscapes of James Hope
Author: Frank W. Steber
Published: 2012 – 116 pages
In 1872, landscape painter James Hope moved to Watkins, N.Y.to paint the famous glen. In this work of historical fiction, Steber imagines Hope’s life in Watkins Glen and reflects on his days in Vermont and New York City before moving to the Seneca Lake region.
Watkins Glen Tour Guide
Author: Gordon D. Cooper
Published: 2009 – 311 pages
This tour guide provides locals and tourists alike with the full Watkins Glen experience. It includes a history of the town, maps, photographs and five tours which guide you through Historic Downtown, the State Park Gorge Trail, the Upper Glen and FLT/NCT, the Historic Race Course, and Seneca Lake Wineries.
Atlas; Schuyler County, N.Y. 1874
Publisher: Pomeroy, Whitman, & Co.
Published: 1874 – 57 pages
This is an atlas that includes maps of the towns and villages located in Schuyler County, NY in 1874. It also includes photographs and a description of the Cook Academy.
Shifting Gears; Tales of pistons, paint cans and personalities
Author: Tony Vickio
Published: 2014 – 359 pages
Tony Vickio is a dirt track racecar driver and professional sign painter who drove on many of the dirt tracks in upstate New York. In his book, Vickio gives his behind-the-scenes viewpoint on some of the biggest racetracks in the country, including Watkins Glen International.
Around Watkins Glen; Images of America
Author: Charles R. Mitchell & Kirk W. House
Published: 2006 - 128 pages
This book, from the Images of America series, contains photographs taken in Watkins Glen and the surrounding areas, including Montour Falls, Odessa, Burdett, and Hector. It also includes photos of Watkins Glen gorge, Seneca Lake, local vineyards, and Grand Prix racing.
Timeless Bounty; Food and Wine in New York’s Finger Lakes
Author: Thomas Pellechia
Published: 2014, 165 pages.
Timeless Bounty chronicles food and drink options throughout the Finger Lakes region, including the Cheese Trail of the Finger Lakes, and the famous Seneca Lake Wine Trail. It also includes stunning images, local recipes, and a history on dairy and apple production in the region.
Schuyler County Days Bygone; An Historical look at Schuyler County
Author: Barbara H. Bell
Published: 2008 - 338 pages
Schuyler County’s longest living historian tells tales, mysteries, and interesting facts of Seneca Lake and settlements, jobs, and lifestyles within the county. The author features many photographs of Schuyler County to help tell new and old stories alike.
NASCAR: Watkins Glen International
Authors: Michael Argetsinger and Bill Green
Published: 2013 – 123 pages
This book is part of the official NASCAR collection, providing information on the history of the Watkins Glen racetrack through the use of extraordinary photographs taken between 1948 and 2013.
History of Families; Schuyler County, NY
Author: John Potter, ed.,
Schuyler County Historical Society
Published: 2005 - 144 pages
This book gives a history of Schuyler County, and how the county, and the towns within, were formed and named. It also includes the history of many of the families that have lived in Schuyler County, some since the late 1700s.
Seneca Sunrise; The Life and Times of Frederick Davis, Jr.
Author: Frank W. Steber
Published: 2002 - 134 pages
In this fictional biography, Steber tells the story of Frederick Davis, Jr., who made a large impact on Watkins Glen. The story takes place in the late 1860s, after the Civil War, and allows the reader to experience an economically booming Watkins Glen.
The Village of Havana, New York
Author: Wayne E. Morrison, Sr.
This is an in-depth history of Havana, New York, now called Montour Falls. It includes the early history of Havana, people and families who were important in the formation of the village, newspaper articles from The Havana Journal, the laws of the village, a history of the Chemung Canal, and much more.
A Link in the Great Chain; A History of the Chemung Canal
Author: Gary Emerson
Published: 2004 - 100 pages
This Chemung Canal operated from 1833 to 1878. It was connected to the Chemung River and provided access to the Erie Canal through the Cayuga and Seneca Canals. A Link in the Great Chain provides information on the construction and commercial use of the Chemung Canal.