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One of many upstate New York towns bearing names with classical references, Cincinnatus celebrates its farming environment with the fall Corn Fest.

Robert Livingston was one of the members of the committee responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence, administered the oath of office to George Washington for his first term, negotiated, with James Monroe, the Louisiana Purchase and was Robert Fulton's partner in developing the steamboat. Clermont, the home of the Livingstons for over 200 years, for which the town is named, is open to the public.

Clyde is near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. The village was named for the Scottish River Clyde.

Turtlestones are smooth rounded rocks that resemble turtle shells and are found in the Finger Lakes region of New York. They are one example of a type of mineral formation known as a concretion, which is formed by the binding action of a cementing precipitation around particles of material. The name of the town is derived from an Indian word meaning "berry place".

Named after founder William Cooper and home to his novelist son James Fenimore Cooper, Cooperstown is world-famous as the location of the Baseball Hall of Fame and also boasts the Farmers' Museum, Fenimore House Art Museum and the Glimmerglass Opera.

The Northern Spy variety of apple was discovered among seedlings brought from Connecticut to East Bloomfield in 1800 and has been cultivated throughout the Northeast since then.

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The Copeland Covered Bridge, built in 1879 by Arad Copeland as a means of getting his cattle across Beecher's Creek, is one of the few such structures remaining in New York. The Adirondack town was named for the Scottish city of Edinburgh.


Mark Twain spent the last years of his life in Elmira, his wife's home town. Hal Roach is best known for producing Laurel and Hardy and the Our Gang comedies. Ernie Davis was the first black Heisman Trophy winner (1961), his career cut short by leukemia at the age of 23. All three are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track has recovered from bad times after the advent of Off-Track Betting by becoming a racino where customers may watch and bet on races around the country year round.


Jimmy Sturr is a legendary polka musician, with over 100 albums to his credit. William H. Seward had been expected to win the Republican presidential nomination in 1860, but lost to Abraham Lincoln. He served as Secretary of State in the Lincoln and Andrew Johnson administrations, notably directing the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.

The Mohawk name "Wahcoloosencoochaleva" means "Great Carrying Place." The present site of Fort Edward marks the head of navigation on the Hudson. From here began a portage to Lake Champlain, where navigable water was again reached. The original fort on this site was named for Prince Edward, grandson of King George II, in 1756.

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