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Chemung County

Top Attractions in Chemung County

  • Mark Twain Country
  • Civil and Revolutionary War Sites
  • Aviation History Sites
  • Nature Centers
  • Specialty Shopping

The name "Chemung" dates to 1779 when early settlers named the area after a Native American village situated on the Chemung River. In the Delaware dialect of the Algonquin language, the word "Chemung" means "Place of the big horn." The "big horns" were mammoth tusks, which are still being discovered in the area today.

When you visit, you'll find a wide range of outdoor activities for the whole family. Board the "Elmiran" for a 60-minute narrated historical trolley tour of the City of Elmira. On your tour, you will discover Civil War history, the largest neighborhood of Victorian homes and the sites that inspired Mark Twain to pen many of his renowned books. Enjoy one of the most spectacular views in New York State from Harris Hill Park, the site of the National Soaring Museum and host to many world soaring championships. Experience history in Revolutionary/Civil War Reenactments at the Newtown Battlefield Reservation; be captivated by spectacular fall foliage as you hike along the many beautiful rolling hills and trails; catch your limit in the numerous fishing areas. It´s all here in Chemung County, in Finger Lakes Wine Country!

Chemung County Chamber of Commerce

400 E. Church St. 
Elmira, NY 14901 

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