Historical Markers in
Steuben County, New York

1878-1930 Larger Than Life 1900 - 1904 Two Wheels on the Ground 1906 - 1916 Floating and Flying 1908 An Astonishing Sight 1911 - 1916 Wings Over the Water A National Cemetery System Achsinessink Address by President Lincoln Anna Cadogan Etz At This Location an Alliance of Prosperity was Formed Averell Hill B&H R.R. Depot Bath National Cemetery Bath Theatre Benjamin Patterson Inn Brown's Cigar Store Canfield Park Centerway Bridge Champlin House Chateau Frank Church of the Redeemer City of Corning Civil War Memorial Civil War Memorial Civil War Memorial Civil War Memorial Cohocton Valley Colonel Lindsley Concert Hall Block Corning Centennial Sculpture Corning Free Academy Courthouse Park Cradle of Aviation Davenport Fountain Denison Park Ecker Drug Store Eight Mile Tree Erie Avenue First Marine Division War Memorial First Presbyterian Church First Presbyterian Church Francis M. McDowell Frederick Carder Home French Occupation Gallows Hill Galvin and Haines Insurance Glenn Curtiss Glenn H. Curtiss Glenn Hammond Curtiss Glenn Hammond Curtiss Greenwood Community Memorial Grove Cemetery Henry Harmon Spalding Hornellsville Veterans Memorial Hurlbut House Into the World of Aviation John Magee House Kanestio Castle Larrowe Cemetery Larrowe House Mallory Mill Market Street Historic District Metcalfe House Northrup Hill School District 10 Old Clearview . Old Village Hall Oldest House in Steuben County Painted Post Memorial Pioneer Burial Ground Pioneer Cemetery Pleasant Valley Pleasant Valley War Memorial Pulteney Square Pulteney Square Routes of the Armies of General John Sullivan and General James Clinton Ruth Law Site of First Hospital Site of the Office of Marcus Whitman M.D. Sullivan-Clinton Campaign The First Baptist Church of Painted Post The Forbidden Trail The Rockwell Museum The Southern Tier Roller Mills To Mark the First Clearing in Steuben County Town of Urbana Civil War Monument Treaty of Painted Post Vertical Flight Heritage Site Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Village of Painted Post Comeback '72 Urban Renewal Project War Memorial Worker’s Memorial World War Memorial Park “Little Joe” Thermometer Draw Tower
The first recorded jazz concert took place in New York City in 1917, featuring a band led by the pianist James Reese Europe. Jazz music would go on to become a defining feature of New York's cultural scene, with legendary clubs like the Cotton Club and the Village Vanguard.
Steuben County, located in the Western part of New York State, has a rich and diverse history. The area was first inhabited by Native American tribes, primarily the Seneca Nation, who were later displaced by European settlers. In the late 18th century, pioneers arrived in the region and began to establish settlements.

The county was officially formed in 1796 and named after Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a military officer who served in the American Revolutionary War. Steuben County quickly grew in population and became an important agricultural and trading center. The construction of the Erie Canal in the early 19th century further spurred growth and development in the area.

During the Civil War, Steuben County sent a significant number of soldiers to fight for the Union Army. The county also played a role in the Underground Railroad, providing a route for slaves escaping to freedom in Canada. The industrial revolution in the late 19th century led to the establishment of factories and mills in the county, contributing to its economic prosperity.

In the 20th century, Steuben County continued to evolve. The region became a popular tourist destination, known for its scenic landscapes, charming towns, and recreational activities such as boating and fishing. Today, Steuben County is a mix of rural and urban areas, with a strong emphasis on agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. The county has preserved its historical heritage through the restoration of old buildings and the establishment of museums and historical societies.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Steuben County, New York.

  • 1789 - Steuben County is established as a county in the state of New York.
  • 1796 - Bath is chosen as the county seat.
  • 1804 - Steuben County's population reaches 3,797.
  • 1810 - The first tavern is established in Bath.
  • 1813 - The county experiences its first murder trial.
  • 1823 - The Erie Canal is completed, improving transportation and stimulating economic growth in the county.
  • 1836 - The village of Corning is incorporated.
  • 1853 - The first railroad, the New York and Erie Railroad, reaches Hornellsville in Steuben County.
  • 1892 - The New York State Soldiers' and Sailors' Home is established in Bath.
  • 1920 - The population of Steuben County reaches its peak of 132,752.
  • 1936 - The Civilian Conservation Corps opens a camp in Steuben County, providing employment during the Great Depression.
  • 1957 - The Corning Museum of Glass opens in Corning, becoming a major attraction in the region.
  • 1972 - The Steuben County Historical Society is founded.
  • 1991 - The Corning Incorporated headquarters open in the city of Corning.