Queen Catharine Montour

In 1779, the American Revolution came to the frontier regions of New York when a Continental expedition led by Major General John Sullivan left a path of destruction in its wake destroying dozens of Native American villages forcing thousands of their inhabitants to flee north to Canada. Among the villages destroyed during the expedition was She-que-ga, often referred to by travelers as Catharine’s Town. The village, located on the southern bank of Seneca Lake, got the nickname from its leader, Queen Catharine Montour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Sb9BIILDtw

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Jane A. Delano | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photograph is a portrait of Jane Delano, a trailblazer in the field of modern nursing. Delano was born near Montour Falls, New York on March 12, 1862. As a youth, she attended Cook Academy in Montour Falls and eventually enrolled at Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in New York City. In 1909, Delano was appointed superintendent of the United States Army Nurse Corps and also helped form the American Red Cross Nursing Service. The thousands of nurses Delano helped recruit and train were instrumental in caring for the wounded from the battlefields of World War I and in combating the deadly influenza outbreak of 1919.

Montour Falls, Circa 1863 | #tbt

Today’s vintage throwback Thursday photo shows Main Street in Montour Falls, New York circa 1863. The bridge over the canal that once cut through the center of town is visible in the foreground. The Montour House, built in 1853, is visible on the left side of the photo and the cupola of the Montour Falls Village Hall (formerly the Schuyler County Courthouse) can be seen on the right. In the background, overlooking the entire scene, is the towering 156 foot Shequaga Falls. Today, this area is known as the “Glorious T” and a mix of architectural styles can be seen in this National Historic District.

Catharine Valley Trail

In the heart of Schuyler County, nestled just south of Seneca Lake, is Catharine Valley Trail. Here both lovers of nature and history can come together to enjoy the serene beauty of the upstate area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4wXhyUdwIE

Visitors can trek the nine-mile long trail, which follows abandoned rail lines and former Chemung Canal towpaths, as they traverse through several wildlife habitats in the beautiful outdoors. The trail accommodates both pedestrians and bicyclers, and in the winter months the path is open to cross-county skiers and snowshoers. In the near future the trail will be extended in length and visitors will be able to walk from Watkins Glen to Horseheads.