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  • Chemung County Courthouse
    Chemung County Courthouse
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  • Chemung County Musem
    Chemung County Musem
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  • Arnot Art Museum
    Arnot Art Museum
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Elmira Things to Do

  • Elmira and Chemung County

    Elmira is a city of about 30,000 down almost 6% since 2000. It is located in South Central New York near the border with Pennsylvania. The area has long been inhabited starting in prehistory. In early historic times the Cayuga Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy occupied this land. A village occupied this area starting in 1788 which became Elmira in...

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  • Mark Twain Grave-site

    Mark Twain's gravesite is surprisingly low-key and unpretentious. You do have to do a little walking, but if I remember right, there are some signs to guide you there.

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  • Quarry Farm

    Go to Quarry Farm. This is where Twain spent summers for many years. Mark Twain's study was originally here before being relocated to the college. They don't often let people into the house, but you can see the grounds.Sometimes they have archaeological digs on the grounds, and they also will do guided tours through the house occasionally (the only...

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  • Mark Twain study

    If you're a literary buff - Mark Twain in particular, there are 3 things you should see. The first is his study (the others - Quarry Farm and his grave- are on a separate tips). Mark Twain's study, built by Susan and Theodore Crane in 1874, is now on the Elmira College campus. The octagon study is prominent on the campus. It is open to the public...

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  • Grace Episcopal Church

    This is considered one of the most beautiful Church buildings in the Finger Lakes. This National Historic Register, century old building is classic English Collegiate Gothic and the interior is stunning. Many of the statues were carved in Germany a century ago, the pulpit handcarved in England, bronze Stations of the Cross made in France in the...

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  • Soaring an engine-less plane

    We soard over Mount Zoar while visiting Elmira NY, where we enjoyed gliding that August day - the thermals were perfect for a high flight! No sound, just the beauty of the land below! The price is reasonable - and the engineless plane was fun - exciting - especially the take-off - right off a plateau! The flight lasted over an hour - and at one...

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Elmira Restaurants

  • healthy meal

    This is a sandwich shop that promotes "healthy sandwiches". The sandwiches are made fresh from meat or tuna selections you choose and put on a chewy long bun with lettuce, cheese, onions and condiments.It is counter service in a store that has small tables for limited number of sit-down customers. Most of the business is carry-out.It is diner decor...

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  • Best carrot cake out there!

    This place has the best carrot cake I've ever had! This is a mixed bakery and diner/coffee shop so you can either sit and eat, or take the goodies away!Prices are reasonable, service is quick. All their food is good - expect normal diner sorts of food and a wide variety of freshly make baked goods (you can watch them making the cakes, donuts,...

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  • Decent Chinese food

    We used to go here a lot because it was within easy walking distance from the college and the price was decent. The food was pretty much your typical Chinese food - good, but nothing spectacular. Service was good, price was good.

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Elmira Warnings and Dangers

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    a fairly safe town, especially in the day

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    Elmira is rated just average for crime risks compared to other New York State cities.
    The section of the region with the highest crime numbers is in the zipcode 14903 between Elmira and Big Flats.
    There are a fairly large number of registered Sex offenders in the region (See website below).

    Although there are no extraordinary risks in Elmira, you should be careful by using normal precautions. Lock your car doors when the car is unattended; lock your motel room door (as advised by most motel chains); don't roam around town late at night alone.
    Be smart and have a safe time in Elmira.

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Elmira Off The Beaten Path

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    by davecallahan Written Apr 23, 2007

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    This is the burial site of many soldiers from the American Civil War, both Union and Confederate men. The Veterans Administration, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion perform commemoration ceremonies on national holidays and burials of prominent soldiers. There is a large expanse of white plaques/crosses, one per soldier buried here.

    The area was Camp Rathbun during the Civil War and Confederate prisoners-of-war were held here (3000 soldiers died during those years here).
    The Shohola Monument on the grounds has a memorial to Confederate prisoners killed in a railroad accident. There is a UDC monument to the prisoners who died and were buried at Camp Rathbun. A statue and plaque were erected to honor all the dead soldiers from New York and Pennsylvania that are buried here.

    to get there:
    1825 Davis Street
    take I-86 (route 17) to Corning Road just north of Elmira. take Corning Road (route 14) south
    (it changes name to College Street) and connect to Crete Avenue. go west on Crete Avenue which changes into Bancroft Road at Davis Street. Take either Davis Street or Bancroft Road to cemetery entrance

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Elmira Sports & Outdoors

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    by kooka3 Updated Jul 24, 2003

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    Dunn Field, on the Southside (south of the Chemung River), is a minor league stadium, the home of the Pioneers . Go check it out. No reservations necessary! The seats are cheap, the atmosphere is good, and the beer is free-flowing! Not a bad way to spend an evening.

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Elmira Favorites

  • suburbs and communities

    Elmira is sprawling with suburbs and communities and neighborhoods that are distinctive to the inhabitants (I couldn't tell whether I was in district 1 or West Elmira but the natives knew where they belonged).The communities in the city of Elmira and its township presently are:Baldwin... suburb of Elmira that is east of East Elmira (routes 1 and...

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  • post offices

    Not a favorite thing -- but buying stamps doesn't fit under any other VT category, so here it is: 1. Elmira Main Office, 607-737-5119, 1 Industrial Park Blvd, Elmira, NY 14901 2. West Side Station, 607-737-5119, 103 Hoffman St, Elmira, NY 14905 3. Downtown Station, 607-737-5119, 255 Clemens Center Pkwy, Elmira, NY 14901 4. Cappys Variety Store,...

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