Civilian Conservation Corps in the Finger Lakes, Part 2

Watch it on Ithaca cable TV or online here!

CCC masons work on the diving platform at the swimming area at the Lower Falls at Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY.

CCC masons work on the diving platform at the swimming area at the Lower Falls at Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY.

We continue our story in this presentation offered on March 30 by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. In our previous episode (72), Josh Teeter of the Finger Lakes State Parks led us through the history of the CCC at Robert H. Treman, Buttermilk Falls, and Watkins Glen State Parks. In this episode (73), he concludes his story about the CCC in the Great Depression at Taughannock Falls, Newtown Battlefield, Fillmore Glen, and Fair Haven Beach State Parks. We also take a quick tour of the CCC trail and exhibits in the Old Mill at Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY. See more of our episodes of Walk in the Park.

This episode will show on Ithaca’s public access TV cable channels 13 and 97.3 at least four times in the next week: Today, Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 9:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday both at 10:30 a.m., and finally next Tuesday, April 29, at 9:00 p.m. The manager at PEGASYS, Ithaca’s public access TV station, will cablecast it at other times as well.

Or watch it online right here!

We invite you to take a look at our books, ITHACA-the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES, and A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE, at  Owl Gorge Productions.

 

 

 

 

Park of the Week: Newtown Battlefield

View of the Chemung Valley from Newtown Battlefield State Park near Elmira, NY

View of the Chemung Valley from Newtown Battlefield State Park

One of the largest military campaigns of the Revolution is often ignored by history–the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign in the Finger Lakes region of what is now NY State. In the late summer of 1779, several thousand Continental Army troops marched through the lake country burning 40 or more villages and destroying crops of the Iroquois or Haudenosaunee people, most of whom were aiding the British. This campaign led to the US’s claim on the area at the end of the war. The Finger Lakes and what is now central and western NY had been Iroquois territory and never was part of colonial America. See our more detailed post about this from February, 2012.

re-enactment of the Battle of Newtown, Newtown Battlefield State Park, Elmira, NY

Scene from a re-enactment of the Battle of Newtown. Source: I Love NY

The only full battle in the march occurred near what was then called Newtown, southeast of present-day Elmira. The clash is commemorated at Newtown Battlefield State Park on top of a big hill with beautiful views of the valley, a picnic area, and a small camping/cabin area. Find out more at the state park website.