In 2011, both New York State and the Federal Government recognized the creation of the Watkins Glen Commercial Historic District in Schuyler County. This historic district encompasses 34 impressive buildings that detail the growth of this community during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Running mainly along Franklin Street, between First and Fourth Streets in the village, visitors can walk past structures like the Village Hall and the former Hotel Kendal. The unique Flatiron Building denotes architecture not seen elsewhere in the region, and The Freer Opera House, first owned by George Freer, one of Watkins Glen most important early residents, brought entertainment to visitors and residents alike. While the Durand Building once housed the Seneca Lake General Store, and the former Watkins State Bank building, built in 1911, is a can’t miss stop for lovers of Classical Revival architecture.
The Watkins Glen Commercial Historic District helps preserve the heritage of this unique community while offering a look back in time at this stop on New York’s Path Through History.
Photos Courtesy of:
Schuyler County Historical Society