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Watkins Glen Tour Guide

Watkins Glen Tour Guide

by Gordon Cooper

Get the full Watkins Glen, N.Y., experience with this history-rich guide that includes five self-guided tours in and around the village. The book starts with an extensive, photo-rich history of the village of Watkins Glen and surrounding area. The history starts about 350 million years ago when the rocks in Watkins Glen State Park were being formed. Learn about the fierce and proud Seneca warriors who lived in the area and about the first settlers who came to Watkins Glen. The history section also includes the birth of road racing in Watkins Glen as well as the creation of the first wineries.

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Watkins Glen Tour Guide

Shifting Gears

Tales of Pistons, Paint Cans & Personalities

by Tony Vickio

Shifting Gears paints the picture of Tony Vickio's adventures experienced through his life as a racecar driver and as a sign painter. You'll see the behind-the-scenes of the racing world as a race track prepares for the cars before the green flag waves. You'll read his story of shifting gears through life - between speed and paint — and you'll see how they quickly blended together. Who should read Shifting Gears, Tales of Pistons, Paint Cans & Personalities? Anyone who enjoys the high-speed world of motorsports or who has had a hand in the sign industry... or if you're just the type of person who sees something they like and just goes for it — full speed ahead.

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Seneca Hope

Seneca Hope

The Life and Landscapes of James Hope

by Frank W. Steber

In 1872, landscape painter James Hope moved from Castleton, Vermont to Watkins, N.Y. — a small village on the southern end of Seneca Lake — where he spent the last 20 years of his life capturing the beauties of the glen on canvas. There are few reminders of Hope's time in Watkins Glen. Hope is best remembered for his large canvases depicting the Antietam battlefield that he painted from sketches made during his service as a Captain in the Vermont Infantry during the Civil War. To bring this artist to life, author Frank Steber imagines Hope's life from his days in Castleton, to his studio portrait in New York, N.Y. and finally to his life in Watkins Glen.

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Seneca Sunrise

Seneca Sunrise

The Life and Times of Frederick Davis, Jr.

by Frank W. Steber

Frank W. Steber lovingly recreates a life lived long ago. That life belonged to Frederick Davis, Jr., and in the late 1800s, he made a large impact on the small town that is now Watkins Glen, New York. Davis' accomplishments and his life have been all but forgotten, but Seneca Sunrise will allow you to travel back to the time before cars, before vaccines, before running water and electricity, and witness how the character of a man helped shape a town.

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Seneca Dawn

Seneca Dawn

The Pioneer Journey of John Dow

by Frank W. Steber

Frank W. Steber imagines the journey of one of the Finger Lakes region’s first pioneers, John Dow, as he travels from Connecticut to the head of Seneca Lake in the late 1700s. After apprenticing with a cabinet maker and spinning wheel maker in Connecticut, young John takes his skills to the frontier of Western New York. Travel along as he pursues his dream of carving a new life out of the wilderness.

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Schuyler County Days Bygone

Schuyler County Days Bygone

by Barbara H. Bell

Schuyler County's longest serving historian, Barbara H. Bell, combines stories and historical photos from her archives in her fifth book on local history: Schuyler County Days Bygone. The legend of the Seneca Lake monster, horse rustling, pioneer living, salt mining, gold mining, wine making, and the origins of many of the settlements in Schuyler County are a sampling of the topics that appear in Schuyler County Days Bygone.

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