DescriptionNine years after the decisive 1779 battle of Newtown, the first permanent settlers built their cabins on the site that is now Elmira. According to local tradition, the city was named after a neighborhood child who wandered into an 1808 meeting where local politicians were trying to decide on a town name.
Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, married Elmira native Olivia Langdon in 1870; thereafter the Clemens family spent its summers at Olivia's sister's farm. It was in Elmira that Twain wrote “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and other classic works.
From early July through late August, the Trolley Into Mark Twain Country travels past historic and architectural points of interest; phone the chamber of commerce for more information. Year-round entertainment is available at the Clemens Center at Clemens Center Parkway and Gray Street; phone (607) 734-8191 or (800) 724-0159 for ticket information.
Woodlawn National Cemetery, 1825 Davis St., contains more than 3,000 graves of Confederate soldiers who died in the local prisoner of war camp; phone (607) 732-5411.
Soaring has been a popular activity in the area since 1930, when the first national soaring contest was held. Sailplane rides are available from Harris Hill Soaring Center. .
Visitor InfoChemung County Chamber of Commerce 400 E. Church St. ELMIRA, NY 14901-2803. Phone:(607)734-5137 or (800)627-5892
ShoppingArnot Mall, exit 51 off SR 17 between Elmira and Corning, has 117 stores, including The Bon-Ton, Burlington Coat Factory, JCPenney and Sears.
Things to SeeArnot Art Museum