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Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes

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Address: 73 W Pulteney St, Corning, NY 14830-2212 (Formerly Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum)
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+1 607-937-5281
10:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 14:00

Step into history at the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger...

Step into history at the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes.  Visit the historic Patterson Inn, a 1796 frontier tavern, 1850s log cabin, 1878 one room schoolhouse, 1870s blacksmith shop, and interactive barn exhibit, all furnished to depict their original use.  While in season walk through the herb garden and heirloom vegetable garden.  See the website for additional exhibits, demonstration dates, and events. 

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History brought to life

The Heritage Village does an amazing job of presenting history to the community. The volunteers are dedicated to bring that to life through tours and reenactments. Anyone can... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Corning, New York
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Corning, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Heritage Village does an amazing job of presenting history to the community. The volunteers are dedicated to bring that to life through tours and reenactments. Anyone can stop in during working hours and/or buy tickets for special events. School groups are set up to participate and see the lives of settlers past. Your touring and donations help keep this... More 

Thank Yorkxan
Long Island, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 December 2016

We visited the Heritage Village during the 1st week of December 2015. Very inexpensive, wonderful place. The 4 buildings include an inn built in 1796, a log cabin from 1855, a 1 room schoolhouse from 1878, & a blacksmith shop from the 1870's. When I called ahead I was told the tour would take about 45 minutes. We ended up... More 

1 Thank Lori T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

When we came to Corning, we did not expect to find living history going on right across the street from our hotel. It was a living history weekend when we were there and it was awesome to see the reenactors and the different things going on. Being history buffs it was so cool to talk to the different people along... More 

1 Thank gimlinoe01
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

I came here expecting living history as they promote themselves as that. There was no living history when I visited, but they do have a very knowledgeable tour staff who are very well educated about the regional history, and each of the structures are well preserved.

Thank JohnBCowgill
Queensbury, NY
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a most interesting afternoon touring this historical piece of Corning History. Our guide Barbara was extremely interesting and explained in great detail how life was for the early settlers. We considered our visit a highlight of our recent trip to the area. We highly recommend anyone interested in local history visiting this gem! The staff is extremely helpful... More 

Thank Earle D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This was a well presented snapshot of history in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Care was placed in the exhibit to make sure that it was historically correct. The curators and actors really gave you an informed oral presentation of life during the 19th century in the area.

Thank glassman15
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

Attended a craft beer expo on the grounds and the volunteers for the village were exhibiting various items and food. The volunteers were quite knowledgeable and were willing to answer any questions. I do not know if there is normally a charge since we were actually attending another event there.

1 Thank Charles C
Franklin, Pennsylvania
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2016

Small but nice history park, buildings, etc. Authentic Inn from way back when Corning was wilderness. Good history lesson. Nice knowledgeable staff.We were glad we stopped.

1 Thank cecustard
Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2015

This series of buildings represent a real neat way to see the region's past. The people who run it and give the tours are really wonderful. You can see they love what they do. They started us off by letting us picnic on the benches in the yard by the one room schoolhouse. The blacksmith shop has some great tools... More 

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State College
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

There is not much I can add about the buildings that other visitors have not mentioned before. However, I want to share our experience of a very special visit with other Tripadvisor readers. I came to Corning on a tour bus, and after encountering the usual throngs of tourists and school children at the Corning Glass Museum, the Heritage Village... More 

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