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Three Bainbridge Trails Worth Checking Out

Susquehanna River Trail
The Susquehanna River flows through the Town of Bainbridge, and there are convenient opportunities to get access to the water for boating. Both canoes and kayaks can easily manage the calm water, which, though shallow in the dry months, can be navigated with small portages through the low water. In the summer months, the slow-moving river carries those who enjoy a lazy float lying in a tube. Views along the river include birds, such as eagles and herons, and river animals, such as muskrat and beavers. Just south of Bainbridge towards Afton, there are a series of cottages sitting high above the river at High Bank, a development that dates to the turn of the 20th century.

 

To access the river, people can either rent canoes or kayaks at Tall Pines Campground or put their own boats into the river at one of the access points: at the boat launch at William Payne Park on Front Street, at the finish line of the General Clinton Canoe Regatta at Gen. Clinton Park or at the NYS DOT boat launch off Route 7 north of Bainbridge across from the Hess Station at Route 7 and 8.

 

Finger Lakes Trail
The Finger Lakes Trail, the longest continuous hiking trail in New York State, cuts through the Town of Bainbridge on private land and state highway. The main Finger Lakes Trail is 549 miles from Allegheny State Park in the west to its junction with the Long Path in the Catskills in the east.  In Bainbridge, the recognizable yellow Finger Lakes Trail signs and white blazes on trees mark the trail’s path from Case Road to Route 206. Near the Welcome to Bainbridge sign on Route 206 west of […]

Bainbridge Connects Winter 2017

The Winter 2017 Issue of Bainbridge Connects is now available. Follow the link below.

Bainbridge Connects Vol 3 Issue 1 Winter 2017

It’s Always Showtime Thanks to a Caring Community!

Quietly hidden in the center of town, Bainbridge beckons visitors to come and experience a memorable performance at its vintage Town Hall Theatre on North Main Street. The theatre would be hard to recognize from the street, except for the simple theatre sign erected as a local Eagle Scout project some years ago and the small marquee advertising the next show.

 

The Town Hall Theatre is a unique 1910 vintage theatre on the second and third floors of the Main Street Town Hall building, and has been carefully and patiently restored to its original look. The theatre itself is something to experience – 250 seats, an upper balcony, beautiful restored tin ceiling, and tall columns that frame the wooden stage.

 

Coming to the Town Hall Theatre in Bainbridge is like meeting with an old friend for an intimate conversation. The wood floors creak as you walk up the steep stairs to the auditorium on the second floor. On a performance night, the smell of popcorn is in the air, and the sharp scuffle of chairs sliding under tables blends with the sound of auditorium seats opening and snapping closed.

 

People in the community treasure the theatre, and an active Jericho Arts Council brings entertainment to the theatre all year, inviting visitors and community members alike to enjoy some entertainment while relishing the theatre’s rich heritage and architectural beauty. The Arts Council was formed in 1976 to restore the theatre from years of neglect, and restoration was completed at the end of 2009. Now the Jericho Arts Council is the steward of the Town Hall Theatre, and the group hosts a range of performances in the theatre appealing to young and old.

 

The theatre is used for more than […]

Bainbridge Recognizes Its Famous Son Who Explored the West

Jedidiah Strong Smith, a contemporary to Lewis and Clark and pathfinder through the Rocky Mountains, was born in Bainbridge (Jericho at the time) in 1799. Two monuments in Bainbridge mark the significance of his life of the more than 70 monuments across the country that note his travels– in Utah, Nevada, Kansas, etc.

 

Jed lived in Bainbridge for the first ten years of his life. He moved on to Pennsylvania, and when he was 21, he began his adventures in the West, where he:

Discovered the South Pass over the Rockies
Traveled overland from California from the east to the west
Was the first known white man to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains from west to east
Was the first to open a trail from the Salt Lake Region to the Colorado River (I-15)
Was the first to open a route from California to Oregon;

 

His total miles travelled in the wilderness from 1826-1831 equals twice the mileage of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

 

He was described as a “Christian Gentleman on the Frontier.” He went out on his last trading party expedition and was killed by a Comanche War Party when he was only 32.

 

His name has been bestowed on rivers, mountains, parks and buildings. And in his hometown of Bainbridge, he has two memorials:

The first was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1950 – a plaque in the village park, identifying Smith as born in Bainbridge and as the Pathfinder of the Sierras.

A larger monument was erected in 2005 just northeast of the Village on State Route 7. In a triangle of green, the stone identifying the area as Pathfinder Park invites people to stop and wander – sit in […]

Different Finds Every Time: The Market in the Village Green

The Village Green is active with shoppers and vendors in the open-air market every Saturday morning, Memorial Day until November. On Labor Day Saturday, the park is particularly busy with vendors as the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce also sponsors Bainbridge Day, with lots of additional vendors and activities on the streets of Main Street.

 

The Village Green is an attractive setting for the flea market activities in Bainbridge, located at the corner of East and South Main streets, bringing an ever-changing weekly selection of goods for bargain shoppers. This well-landscaped space provides a gathering place for other events as well and a focal point for the town.

 

The Green is ringed by three white churches (one across the street) and criss-crossed by walking paths. It is reminiscent of a New England village green, something that the early Bainbridge residents, who were transplants from Connecticut and Vermont, desired in their developing town.

 

This common area was first laid out in 1875 and embellished with trees and shrubbery to establish an ornamental park. The distinctive fountain was added around 1900 along with the soldier’s monument. Other noted features of the park include a classic white gazebo and monuments to the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and World Wars I and II.

Summer Farm Stands Make Fruit and Veggies So Appealing

If fresh fruits and vegetables appeal to you, then you will find plenty for your table in Bainbridge during the growing season. The town is privileged with two very different, established farm stands to choose from for a shopping experience:


At Frog Pond Farms, you can find a huge array of produce, live farm animals, and greenhouse stock, and children will enjoy the unique corn box, children’s area and seeing the animals. A visit there can be an experience for the whole family to enjoy. Experience the casual browsing of a farm stand (no cash registers), but the selection of a large grocery, which varies from spring flowers to fall pumpkins.
Open Easter to Halloween, daily, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Riverside Farms is a classic farm stand housed in a new building with items grown locally. Visit for a less hectic experience than Frog Pond, but still a solid variety of fresh produce contained in the building, conveniently located close to the road. The large, enclosed farm stand is set up for a quick in and out access, with high quality seasonal produce and plants and easy parking.
Open during the growing season

Get your Green Here – Bainbridge Christmas Tree Farms

If you are looking for the experience of cutting your own Christmas tree, Bainbridge is a great place to come! Lucky guests have the potential for a snowy hunt for their tree, walking along a worn snow path through the tree lot on a feels-like-Christmas kind of day. Whatever the weather, the fresh air and fun of finding that perfect tree will delight any who visit – whether it’s cutting your own down or choosing from the pre-cut options. Tucked into the tree-covered landscape around Bainbridge are numerous Christmas tree farms that open their land to people who want the experience of hiking onto the tree lot, choosing the perfect tree for Christmas, and cutting it down themselves.

 

Sipple’s Tree Farm is closest to the Village of Bainbridge along the back side of the river, on a flat tree lot. Visitors can end the experience at the Christmas gift shop on the premises where a hot drink and a chance to wander through the holiday gifts and decorations awaits. Click here for map.

 

Tucked into the tree-covered hills near Oquaga Creek Park is Baxter’s Tree Farm, where visitors are welcome to experience hiking into the tree lot to cut down their tree or enjoy a free hayride into the acres of trees. Free hot chocolate and cider complete the experience, and the view is an added bonus! Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day until Christmas Eve. Click here for map.

 

Visitors to Kelsey Brook Tree Farm will climb a small hillside not far from Searles Hill Road in the Town of Bainbridge in search of their tree. The family who runs this small tree farm will help visitors find their ideal tree on the lot […]

Stroll Through History in Downtown Bainbridge

Bainbridge is a community of mainly locally-owned businesses which help to give the place its small-town flavor. Visitors can pick up some hardware, browse a downtown gift shop, stop to visit an antique store, or eat a hearty meal in the diner or cafe.

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However, visitors who walk the streets of downtown Bainbridge will also see a village that hearkens back to a past century or two, with interesting architecture that represents a range of nineteenth and twentieth century influences. Bainbridge homes and businesses are generally modest in design, but there are examples of more unusual features such as Gothic, Italianate and bungalow styles, for example. Parts of downtown are included in the Bainbridge Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The commercial buildings downtown were mostly constructed during a post-Civil War period of expansion, after a series of fires destroyed the previous wood frame buildings.

The downtown district is primarily brick with large plate glass windows in the shop fronts. A substantial part of downtown is the 1910 town hall block, a large, three story neoclassic building where the theatre, the library, the town offices and other businesses are located.

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One of the main features of downtown is the village green with New England-style churches around it, reflecting the prosperity of the town in its early days of growth and the New England origins of its settlers. The white frame structure in the center of town, once known as the Old Jericho Tavern, is the oldest commercial building in the downtown, originally a tavern at the crossroads of two major transportation avenues.

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The homes on West Main Street are some of the most elegant in the village. They are located on large lots […]

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