Smith Woods: Old Growth Woodland in T-burg

Join two authors of a new book about Trumansburg, NY’s Smith Woods, along with a local historian, on an interpretive tour through this unusual old growth forest and its history and ecology, in this episode 176 of Walk in the Park. Watch it right here anytime!


Trumansburg and Smith Woods are near Taughannock Falls State Park and are about ten miles from Ithaca, NY near the west shore of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Old growth forests of this size are very rare outside of the Adirondacks. This woodland has been extensively studied for decades by scientists from Cornell University. Smith Woods is owned and managed by Cayuga Nature Center and the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, and is open to the public. It is used for education and research. Smith Woods is directly across the road from the Trumansburg Fairgrounds. The guided tour through Smith Woods featured in this episode of Walk in the Park was presented by the History Center in Tompkins County. Marvin Pritts and Kurt Jordan of Cornell and S.K. List, historian for the Village of Trumansburg, led the tour. It was videotaped by Tony Ingraham, who is the producer of Walk in the Park, a weekly public access television series in Ithaca, NY, recorded at PEGASYS Studio.

This episide of Walk in the Park ran on Ithaca area cable channel 13 from October 26 through November 1, 2017.

Taughannock House Hotel

As many as 2 million people visit the Taughannock Falls Overlook each year, in Taughannock Falls State Park in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State Parks; but few realize that a century ago a beautiful 2 1/2 story tourist hotel stood nearby, the Taughannock House (also known as Halsey Hotel and the Cataract House). In this episode  (162) of Walk in the Park (weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY) we look at this hotel and the archeology work done on its site prior to a wonderful renovation of the overlook area. We also see what’s new at Fillmore Glen State Park, and head into the glen at Watkins Glen State Park. You can watch it online here and on Ithaca cable channel 13:

Friday, March 17, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM

Monday, 8:30 PM

Tuesday, March 21, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions. See his national-award-winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Fall and Falls

We begin this episode of Walk in the Park (149) with Heritage Day in upper Robert H. Treman State Park. Then we look at fall colors in the upper gorge and Lucifer Falls, attend the dedication of the new park entrance area at Ithaca Falls, and visit the Martin Nature Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust in Schuyler County.

You can watch it on Ithaca, NY public access cable channel 13 at these times in 2017:

9:00 PM Thursday, October 6, 2017

10:00 AM Saturday and Sunday, October  & 8

8:00 PM Tuesday, October 10, 2017

And you can stream it online anytime right here:

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show on cable channel 13 in Ithaca, NY, produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable.
Take a look at my national award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE.

Digging in the Little Apple

On TV and online! In this episode (#129) of Walk in the Park, we watch Part 3 of Cornell archeology professor Sherene Baugher’s January 24, 2016 presentation in Ithaca, NY about her work since 1998 at Robert H. Treman State Park, with support from the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. We also look at recent scenes at Robert H. Treman State Park and Buttermilk Falls State Park, with some historical reflections on both. Episodes 127 and 128 were about Dr. Baugher’s work in Manhattan as the first NYC staff archeologist.

This episode will be cablecast on Ithaca, NY public access television channel 13 (and 97.1) at 9:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016. The show lasts half an hour. Additional cablecasts are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, February 16, at 8:00 p.m.

Or, you can watch it right here anytime!

Produced at PEGASYS, public access television, in Ithaca, NY, by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Digging up NYC’s First Homeless Shelter; and the African Burial Ground

This episode of Walk in the Park (#128) continues our presentation, “Digging in the Big and Little Apples,” from last episode (“Digging up a Ship”). Watch it online here or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) 9 PM Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 AM Sat. & Sun., and finally 8 PM, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Or watch it here anytime, anywhere!

Cornell archeologist Sherene Baugher tells us more about her years as the first NYC archeologist. This time, she talks about the “deserving poor” and “undeserving poor” in 18th century NYC and what was learned from their archeological dig of the old Alms House under City Hall. Then she takes us to the discovery of the African Burial Ground, now a National Monument. We finish this episode with a look at 19th century stereographs of sites at Taughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls State Parks near Ithaca, NY.

In Part 3 of “Digging in the Big and Little Apples,” in our next episode of Walk in the Park, we will conclude Dr. Baugher’s presentation with the digging up of a 19th century hamlet at Robert H. Treman State Park. Her entire presentation took place on January 24, 2016 in Ithaca, NY, and was sponsored by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios for public access television in Ithaca, NY.

Digging up a Ship!

Since 1998, Cornell University archeologist Sherene Baugher and her classes have been unearthing the 19th century hamlet of Enfield Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY. But before that, Dr. Baugher was the first city archeologist for NYC. In this illustrated presentation, she compares her work in the Big Apple with that in our “Little Apple,” as she calls it. In this episode, she oversees the excavation of an early 18th century ship in Manhattan!

This episode (#127) of Walk in the Park can be seen right here (below), and it is cablecast on Ithaca area channel 13 (and 97.1) tonight at 9 PM (Thursday, Jan. 28), on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally next Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 8 PM.

This is the first part of a presentation Prof. Baugher gave at Kendal of Ithaca on January 24, 2016, sponsored by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. The remainder of her presentation will be featured in future episodes of Walk in the Park. Produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions. See all of our episodes of Walk in the Park.