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Did you know?

  • The Treadway Inn has the only lighthouse on the 444 mile Susquehanna River (lit, but not a working lighthouse).  The last remaining Treadway Inn in the national chain of hotels is located in Owego.

  • The largest island in the Susquehanna River in New York State, 112 acres, is in Tioga County.

  • One of the longest epitaphs in the U.S. can be found on a grave in Evergreen Cemetery, Owego.

  • The Calaboose Grille, formerly a real Jail until 1997, is a historic registered building built in 1910.  You can dine in your own jail cell or at a table outside the cells.

  • Owego was the home, for more than 20 years, of General Henry Martyn Robert, author of the "Roberts Rules of Order, Revised."

  • Richford is the birthplace of John D. Rockefeller, born in poverty.  John also went to school in Owego.  He lived in Owego at 2453 Route 17C where in front of the house a historic marker stands.

  • The crackdown of the American Mafia gathering of 1957 occurred in Apalachin, NY where the opening of the movie, "Analyze This" was set.

  • The county courthouse built in 1872 is still used as a courthouse.

  • Tioga County is home of world, national and NYS woodcarvers.

  • The Tioga County Historical Society Museum houses Civil War original photographs from the studio of Mathew Brady of Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Simpson Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman and Abraham Lincoln.

  • The largest deer farm in New York State, 3rd largest in the country is located in Candor.

  • Helen Keller came to Owego c.1920s to speak to the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.

  • Owego means “where the valley widens.”  It was the first incorporated village in Tioga County on April 4, 1827.

  • Susquehanna means long and crooked river – susque means long & crooked; anna means river.

  • Tioga means “at the forks."

  • If you've seen movies such as "Braveheart," you've seen one of the many products manufactured in Tioga County.  Starfire Swords, Ltd. is located in Spencer, NY and produces sword blades for costume, decoration, and staged combat.

  • Lockheed Martin, in Owego, is the largest defense contractor in the world.

  • Leprino Foods, the world's largest supplier of mozzarella cheese is located in Waverly, NY.

  • The Ti-Ahwaga Players has the proud distinction of being the oldest continually active community theatre group in upstate New York.  This distinction is especially impressive when considering the fact that TAP has never had a permanent physical location to call a home until 1996 when they purchased a building, a former food processing plant, and transformed it into a quality 150 seat cabaret style theatre space.


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