Names on the Land–Tompkins County explores Tompkins County, New York as a place. The distinctive place names of this Finger Lakes region—Cayuga Lake, Cornell Heights, Syrian Hill, Rachel Carson Way, Besemer Hill, and many others—give us a ready lens through which to understand the people who have settled the land, the hills and forests and waterways they have traversed, the homes and businesses and public sites they have built, the flora and fauna they have tended and protected, and the diverse cultures they have embodied.
This website and blog showcases the ongoing work of the Names on the Land research team, under the auspices of the Office of the County Historian, to update Place Names of Tompkins County, the essential historical reference work produced in 2004 by Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen and county municipal historians.
Don Ellis, Data Technologies Planner
Gene Endres, Writer and Host of WICB’s “The Hobo’s Lullaby”
Bruce Estes, Former Managing Editor and General Manager, Ithaca Journal
Rod Howe, Director, The History Center in Tompkins County
Carol Kammen, Tompkins County Historian
Randi Kepecs, Village of Cayuga Heights Preservationist
Robert Kibbee, Map Archivist and The History Center in Tompkins County Trustee
Cynthia Kramer, Educator, Ithaca City School District
Patricia Longoria, Events and Community Engagement Coordinator, Historic Ithaca
Rosemary Rowland, Town of Newfield Deputy Historian
Rosemarie Tucker, Town of Groton Historian
John Wertis, Town of Ulysses Historian
“Names on the Land–Tompkins County” is a legacy project supported by the Tompkins County Bicentennial Commission.