Author: Mark Twain Country

Chemung County--Mark Twain Country--is not only the southern gateway to Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York’s largest wine producing region, lauded for its breathtaking vistas and award-winning wines, but it has a fascinating story all its own. The area is well-noted for its riveting ties to Native American and military history, including the infamous Civil War prison camp. Elmira’s significance also comes from holding the revered title of National Soaring Capital of America. Elmira has been home to many heroes and pioneers, including Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy; astronaut Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot a space shuttle; fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger; NBC news anchor Brian Williams; and Hollywood producer Hal Roach of Laurel & Hardy and The Little Rascals fame. Its most famous resident, however, was American author Mark Twain. Twain summered here for more than twenty years, writing some of his most famous works with inspiration from the views of the majestic Chemung Valley. Twain, who died in 1910, was buried in Elmira alongside his beloved wife and children in Woodlawn Cemetery and his study can be found today on the beautiful Elmira College campus. Mark Twain Country, is not only Proud To Be Where Twain Remains, but proud of the plethora of arts, culture, accommodations, shopping, cuisine, festivals and outdoor adventures that make Chemung County an incredible place to visit and live.