New York Historic Sites

By James M. Beidler Premium

Adirondack Museum

State Route 28 and Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812,  (518) 352-7311, <>: Explore nearly two centuries of Adirondack heritage in this museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits overlooking Blue Mountain Lake.

Chautauqua Institution

1 Ames Ave., Chautauqua, NY 14722, (800) 836-2787, <>: Now a renowned summer arts and education center, this institution began in 1874 as the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly offering “vacation learning” courses to Sunday School teachers.

Corning Museum of Class

1 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830, (800) 732-6845, <>: The company that developed a bulb-shaped encasement for Thomas Edison’s light started this museum on the artistry and history of glass manufacturing.

Empire State Building

350 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10118, (212) 736-3100, <>: Constructed in 1931, this art deco tower was the world’s tallest building for decades. Visit observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors.

Fort Ticonderoga National Historic Landmark

30 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, NY 12883, (518) 585-2821, <>: This fort changed hands from French to British to American several times. It’s now restored and features a museum with period artifacts.

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film

900 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607, (585) 271-3361, <>: The estate of Eastman Kodak’s founder has been restored to its early 20th-century appearance.

Historic Huguenot Street

18 Broadhead Ave., New Paltz, NY 12561, (845) 255-1660, <>: This historic district features stone houses original French Huguenot settlers built in the early 1700s.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

25 Main St., Cooperstown, NY 13326, (607) 547-7200, <>: Experience the 19th-century origins of our national pastime, and see memorabilia of baseball legends such as Babe Ruth and “Little Looey” Aparicio

Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island

New York Harbor, (212) 363-3200, <>: Visit the statue that symbolized liberty to immigrants, then follow their first footsteps in America on Ellis Island. They sites are on different islands in New York Harbor, but part of the same national park.

United States Military Academy

Old Storm King Highway, West Point, NY 10996, (845) 938-2203, <>: Explore a museum of academy and US military history, with artifacts from the Revolutionary War to modern conflicts.

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538, (800) 337-8474, <>: Original furnishings highlight Frederic Vanderbilt’s Gilded Age mansion, which has views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains.

Visitor Information

New York State Department of Economic Development

1 Commerce Plaza

Albany, NY 12245

(800) 225-5697



From the November 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine.