Central Cascade in 1891


Historic photo of tourists at what is now Watkins Glen State Park

Two tourists pose near Central Cascade in Watkins Glen on August 22, 1891. Photo courtesy of Bill Hecht.

Photographer James D. Hope (son of the Hudson River School painter James Hope who painted the glen for the last 20 years of his life following the Civil War) left a wonderful legacy of photographs of Watkins Glen a century  ago. Folly Bridge, various versions of which have crossed the gorge just above the waterfall, is not visible in this picture. And you are not permitted to go off trail today to pose in this spot! Check out our Facebook page about Watkins Glen State Park.