Even though many of us live here in the Finger Lakes region, so many are unsure exactly how many actual lakes there actually are in the “Finger Lakes”. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable answers this question and provides some of the history behind how the Finger Lakes got their name and why certain lakes are considered part of the “Finger Lakes”. Information every Finger Lakes resident should know in this short video!
This edition of Our Finger Lakes History deals with one of the giants of American history, Harriet Tubman, with an emphasis on the last 50 years of her life spent living in Auburn, NY. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable tells of the circumstances that led to the development of Tubman as an American icon and that led her to Upstate New York where she continued her fight for freedom and equality until her death in 1913.
Seneca County Historian Walter Gable describes how the Finger Lakes were originally formed and created. Our Finger Lakes are ancient, natural, and not man-made. The story begins over 550 million years ago during the during the Pleistocene ice age and has shaped almost every aspect of life in the present day in the region. It’s our own, original origin story!
Before the days of electrical refrigeration much of the perishable foods that sustained the northeastern United States came from the vast ice harvesting industry on the Finger Lakes. Learn how ice was harvested and delivered to customers throughout the region and beyond in this edition of Our Finger Lakes History with Seneca County Historian Walter Gable.