Schuyler County Days Bygone, An Historical look at Schuyler County
Author: Barbara H. Bell
Published: 2008 - 338 pages
Price: $8.00   New reduced price
Schuyler County’s longest serving historian tells tales, mysteries and interesting facts of Seneca Lake and settlements, jobs and lifestyles in the county. The book features many photographs of Schuyler County to help tell new and old stories alike. 

Seneca Sunrise, The Life and Times of Frederick Davis, Jr. 
Author: Frank W. Steber
Published: 2002 - 134 pages
Price: $12  
In this fictional biography, author Frank 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.

History of Families, Schuyler County, NY
Editor: John Potter
Schuyler County Historical Society
Published: 2005 - 144 pages

Price: $ 32.50
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.

Watkins Glen Tour Guide
Author: Gordon D. Cooper
Published: 2009 – 311 pages
Price: $20 
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 that guide the reader through historic downtown, the Watkins Glen State Park gorge trail, the historic race course and Seneca Lake wineries. 

The Story of a Sugar Bowl, A family history of Schuyler County, New York
Author: Joanne Carpenter Parke
Published: 1987 – 30 pages
Price: $5.50
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.  

Shifting Gears, Tales of pistons, paint cans and personalities
Author: Tony Vickio
Published: 2014 – 359 pages
Price: $21.50
Tony Vickio was 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.

Railroads Remembered, The History of railroads in western New York and Pennsylvania
Author: Ian G. Mackenzie
Published: 2014 – 148 pages
Price: $30.00
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.   

Timeless Bounty, Food and Wine in New York’s Finger Lakes
Author: Thomas Pellechia
Published: 2014 - 165 pages.
Price: $20.45
Timeless Bounty chronicles food and drink options throughout the Finger Lakes region, including the Cheese Trail of the Finger Lakes and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. It also includes stunning images, local recipes and a history on dairy and apple production in the region.

Postcard History Series: Finger Lakes
Authors: Kirk W. House and Charles R. Mitchell
Published: 2008 – 128 pages
Price: $11.00
For more than a century, the natural scenic beauty of the Finger Lakes has drawn generations of tourists. The vineyards, glens and steamers that made the region famous are displayed through the vintage images in this volume. These postcards capture the lively and dynamic atmosphere that has kept visitors flocking to the area for years.

Beaver Dams Homestead, the Diaries of Truman Grove Beecher
Edited by: Patricia J. Beecher
Published: 2003 - 431 pages
Price: $11.00
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. 

Finger Lakes Wine Country
Author: Sarah S. Thompson

Published: 2015 - 128 pages
Price: $24
For more than 150 years, the wine region of the Finger Lakes has played a major role in American wine history. Through text and photos, this book looks at that history through the late 1980s.

A Link in the Great Chain, A History of the Chemung Canal
Author: Gary Emerson
Published: 2004 - 100 pages
Price: $13.50
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.

The History of the Town of Catharine, Schuyler County, New York
Author: M. Louise (Catlin) Cleaver
Published: 1945 – 674 pages
Price: $54.00
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 Schuyler County and towns located within it.

Perseverance: The Life and Work of Painter James Hope
Author: Donald H. Thompson and Carol L. Thompson

Published: 2016 - 70 pages
Price: $16.50
Capt. James Hope was a talented artist of multiple styles who established a studio and art gallery in the upper reaches of today’s Watkins Glen State Park in 1872. He is well-known for his landscapes of the gorge and his Civil War depictions, which are on display at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center Museum in Maryland.

Letters to Suzanna; The First Twenty Years
Author: Barbara H. Bell
Published: 1992 - 184 pages
Price: $16.25
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. 

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Boyhood Memories of Bolton Brown
Author: Bolton Brown
Published: 1986 – 127 pages
Price: $5.50
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. 

Historic Burdett Celebrates 200 Years, 1819-2019
Publisher: Ladies' Wednesday Afternoon Club

Published: 2019 - 134 pages
Price: $15.00 - Black and white edition
Schuyler County's Village of Burdett is celebrating its bicentennial in 2019. This compilation of essays covers topics such as leading families, agriculture, religion, cemeteries, major events, commerce and social life.


The Stoneware of Havana, N.Y. and its makers 1850-1888
Author: Allen F. Sweet
Published: 2011 - 87 pages
Price: $20   
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.

Town of Catharine History, Schuyler County, New York
Author: Carol Tetz Fagnan
Published: 2003 – 336 pages
Price: $50.00
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.

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Around Watkins Glen, Images of America
Author: Charles R. Mitchell & Kirk W. House
Published: 2006 - 128 pages
Price: $21.50
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 the Watkins Glen State Park gorge, Seneca Lake, local vineyards and Grand Prix racing.

The Village of Havana, New York
Author: Wayne E. Morrison, Sr.
Price: $59.50
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.   

NASCAR: Watkins Glen International
Authors: Michael Argetsinger and Bill Green
Published: 2013 – 123 pages
Price: $23.75
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.

A Walk Through Watkins Glen, Water's Sculpture in Stone
Author: Tony Ingraham

Published: 2014 - 86 pages
Price: $27.00
Through flowing words and gorgeous pictures, you will be enchanted by Watkins Glen, one of America's oldest and most charming state parks. You'll discover secrets of its rocks, water, wildlife, and people as park naturalist Tony Ingraham leads you on an imaginary walk under mossy cliffs, behind waterfalls, and past deep rock pools

The Ballad of Bertie, from his Journal
Author: Barbara Bell
Published: 1966 - 34 pages
Price: $2.00
Bertie Canfield was a 12-year-old boy who moved to Schuyler County's Village of Burdett with his family, who obtained land under the Homestead Act in 1880. Bertie kept a diary filled with several ballads, printed in this book. ​

Atlas, Schuyler County, N.Y. 1874
Publisher: Pomeroy, Whitman, & Co.
Published: 1874 – 57 pages
Price: $59.50
This is a reproduction of an 1874 atlas that includes maps of the towns and villages located in Schuyler County. It also includes photographs and a description of the Cook Academy. 

Seneca Hope, The Life and Landscapes of James Hope
Author: Frank W. Steber
Published: 2012 – 116 pages
Price: $12    
In 1872, landscape painter James Hope moved to Watkins, paint the famous glen. In this work of historical fiction, author Frank 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.

My Story, A Year in the Life of a Country Girl
Author: Ida Burnett

Publisher: New York History Review Press

Published: 2009 - 77 pages
Price: $13.00 
Fifteen-year-old Ida Burnett writes about her life in Logan, NY, in 1880. Her diary "invites us into the daily life of an upstate New York teenager, through her own words and experiences. We hear Ida's voice as she shares her joys, sorrows, and enthusiasm for life in a rural farming community."

Home in These Hills, A Young Woman's Diary
Author: Viola Coolbaugh

Publisher: New York History Review Press

Published: 2010 - 82 pages
Price: $13.00 
This is the 1891 journal of 25-year-old Viola Coolbaugh of Altay, NY. The entries show her enjoyment of family, friends and church activities. She was the baker for the store her family owned, and this reproduction includes recipes for baked goods mentioned by Viola.