Historic Ithaca’s
2019 Walk & Talks

Walk and Talks poster photoNow in its third year, Historic Ithaca’s free Walk & Talk series brings you a taste of historic architecture and sites around Tompkins County through guided walking tours.

This summer, stroll and explore selected landmarks in Tompkins County with our local municipal historians and expert guests! This program will take place on Saturdays and last for about an hour.

All Walk & Talks begin at 11:00 a.m.

Although tours are free, registration is strongly encouraged so that we can send updates and notifications of any cancellations or weather-related changes. Click on the links below to register for each tour.


Find us at the following dates and locations!


June 22 | White Park Section of Cayuga Heights, Ithaca, New York. Explore the residential architecture and development history of the White Park neighborhood of Cayuga Heights with Village of Cayuga Heights Historian Bea Szekely.
Meet at the intersection of The Parkway and White Park Road in Cayuga Heights. Parking is available in the parking lot at the First Congregational Church, 309 Highland Road.

White Park Section map

June 29 | The Byway in Forest Home, Ithaca, New York. The Byway is a former loop of Forest Home Drive along Fall Creek in the Town of Ithaca. This short stretch of road has the highest density of nineteenth century mill remnants and mill-era houses in Forest Home. With Forest Home Historian Bruce Brittain.
Meet at the end of The Byway that is adjacent to the downstream bridge. There is no parking on-site. Park in the Cornell Botanic Garden’s Wildflower Garden parking lot or the Nevin Welcome Center parking lot.

***NOTE: There’s a chance of rain for June 29, but we’ll be there! Bruce Brittain is still willing to lead the tour. If there’s a dangerous thunderstorm or torrential downpour at 11:00 a.m., we’ll call the tour and reschedule for July 13.****

July 20 | Howe Family Homestead, Dryden, New York with The History Center in Tompkins County’s Executive Director Rod Howe and Fred Howe. The farm has been in the Howe family since 1815.
Meet at 607 Peruville Road (NYS Route 34B), Groton. (Peruville Road also goes by name Peru South Lansing Road.)  The barn is three miles east of the intersection of North Triphammer and Peruville Roads.  The barn is on the south side of the road.  The barn is red with a green metal roof and has a barn quilt on the end. Look for a sign at the end of the driveway: “July 20 Walk & Talk , Howe Family Homestead.” A parking area will be set up on the farm.

July 27 | Grove Cemetery, Trumansburg, New York. Grove Cemetery, established in 1847 under the New York State Act for the Incorporation of “Rural Cemeteries,” is one of the oldest active cemeteries in Tompkins County. From the center of the cemetery we will circle through several of the sections and conclude the tour inside the 1892 Chapel. The tour will be directed by the Cemetery Association President David Allen his wife, Karen Allen, and John Wertis, Grove Cemetery Trustee and Town of Ulysses Historian.
Meet at Grove Cemetery, 8825 Falls Road, Trumansburg. John Wertis recommends that people who are driving park on Cemetery Road on the west side of the cemetery or next to Smith Woods. Pull in carefully and please check for traffic as you exit your car or cross the street.
Please remember to bring a hat and wear sunscreen and bug spray. You will be walking outdoor through the cemetery grounds.

August 3| St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Slaterville Springs, New York. The tour will focus on the history of this 1893 late-Victorian rural Gothic Revival church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Meet at 2720 Slaterville Road, Brooktondale. A few parking spaces are available in the parking lot behind the church. If you park on Slaterville Road/Route 79, please exercise caution and check traffic as your exit your car.



Sponsored by:

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Tompkins Trust Company

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

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