The purpose of the Society is to: Promote an appreciation of our heritage by developing knowledge and understanding of Big Flats history in the minds of all of its inhabitants. Relate the present to the past so that Big Flats citizens may more fully realize the changes taking place about them. Cooperate enthusiastically with other groups and institutions in projects which contribute toward a higher quality community life. Collect and preserve information, documents, and objects of historical significance.


258 Hibbard Rd

We are pragmatic preservationists with a clear understanding that historic preservation is directly linked to enhancing economic well being in Elmira. Through community education, advocacy, collaboration and facilitation, we seek to strengthen the efforts of individuals and other organizations in our community that share our vision. Historic Elmira operates on a voluntary basis, without paid staff. Expenses and the work done to support its mission are the responsibility of the members of its board of trustees and other volunteers. Historic Elmira is not a funding agency. However, we will help ...


Over 25 years of providing historic tours in downtown Elmira.


April-December Historical Society & Gift Shop OPEN Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 12 - 3 pm. and by appointment.


312 West Broad Street

The purpose of Near Westside Neighborhood Association, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life in our community through the development and revitalization of housing and the preservation of historic structures in the City of Elmira. The Near Westside Historic District is recognized nationally for having the largest concentration of Victorian homes in New York State.


Newtown Battlefield State Park sits high on a forested hilltop with a commanding view of the Chemung River Valley below. It is located in the beautiful Southern Tier area of New York State, near Elmira. Full of pristine, quiet, natural beauty, and rich with history going back hundreds of years, the park is an excellent location for anyone searching for any of these things. In 1779, General George Washington ordered General John Sullivan to gather an army and form an offensive against the Iroquois Nations and their allies. Because of repeated attacks against the white settlers, his orders were ...


455 Oneida Rd.

The Board of Trustees of the John W. Jones Museum is committed to restoring John W. Jones' house as an interactive museum commemorating the life and work of the former slave, who as an Underground Railroad Station Master, safely assisted nearly 800 slaves' flight to Canada and was responsible for the dignified burial of nearly 3000 Confederate soldiers. The museum will highlight the history of African Americans who settled in the Southern Tier of New York and the activity of local abolitionists. The museum will emphasize Elmira's role as the only regular agency and published station on the ...


1259 College Ave