In the 1800s, a young violin teacher in Ithaca named William Egbert had the dream of establishing a local music conservatory in the city. He worked hard by selling $50 shares to interested investors and in 1892, his dream came to fruition when the Ithaca Conservatory of Music opened its doors.
Known today as Ithaca College, the conservatory began with only eight students and operated out of rented rooms in a downtown Ithaca house. Today, the private coeducational college has grown to occupy 85 buildings on nearly 700 acres of land. Nearly 6,500 students are enrolled in a wide range of programs such as business, communications, the humanities, sciences, and music. Recently, the college was ranked as one of the top ten master’s universities in the North.
Located on South Hill, near Cornell University, and overlooking Cayuga Lake, Ithaca’s distinctive landmark towers command a spectacular view of one of central New York’s most picturesque areas.
A famous line from Ithaca’s alma mater states: “Although I leave Cayuga’s shore, I’ll remember you.” And you’ll always remember this stop on New York’s Path Through History.
Photos Courtesy of:
The History Center of Tompkins County