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Hammondsport and Keuka Lake by Charles R. Mitchell
Located in the Finger Lakes of New York, Keuka Lake has an intriguing history spattered with wineries, aerodynamics and legendary people like Glenn Curtiss. Hammondsport and Keuka Lake continues geographically where Penn Yan and Keuka Lake left off. This historical work covers the periods from the 1850’s to the 1960’s, the period of black-and-white photography in this area.
At one time Keuka Lake was host to a number of wineries lining the lake’s shores. Several no longer exist, but through the pages of this book, one may look back and share in the magnificence of these businesses’ hey days. A chapter is devoted to Glenn Curtiss, an innovative man who was building and testing airplanes at the same time the Wright brothers were working in aerodynamics. Hammondsport has definitely had a number of interesting characters and momentous occasions.
Author Charles R. Mitchell brings forth another book on the fascnating history of Keuka Lake. Mitchell used many images from his own collection and several from the Oliver House Museum, the Hammondsport Public Library and the Curtiss Musem. Amidst these two hundred plus images with fascinating text, the history of this area is brought to life for all to enjoy. This book belongs on the shelf of all who have a fascination with history and a love for photography.