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July 1, Ithaca Pioneer Forest Walk
The first landowner was John Welch, who received his land (Ulysses Lot 86) for his military service - one of the few Revolutionary War soldiers in Tompkins County to settle on the lot he received from the federal government. A tour will be led by Eric Gervais, a local history researcher who is also a land steward on John Welch's historical lot. The original farmhouse itself is privately owned, and the tour will focus more on remnants of pioneer life in the forest today on his land. He wants the history of Ithaca's amazing forests to be better known. He loves to talk about Ithaca with anyone who will listen! To find out more, see his social media project @ithacatours.
The trailhead for the tour is on King Road, near Saunders Road, at the Michigan Hill historical marker. The trail connects to the Cornell Botanical Gardens lands, as well as Ithaca College Natural Lands.
This is the second event in the Celebrating Our Rural Heritage series made possible by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.
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