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Visit Hornell, NY in the Finger Lakes

Hornell Clock Tower
Hornell Clock Tower …

Hornell's Railroad Start

Known as the "Maple City" for its many maple trees, Hornell is a situated in the Canisteo Valley in the western part of Steuben County. It is a small farming town with a rich history in railway transportation, as well. The Erie Railroad arrived to Hornell in the mid-1800s, bringing with it an opportunity for prosperity. The railroad transformed the quiet town into a lively city.

By the 1970s, railroads were growing more and more obsolete, and Hornell was faced with tough times. Many of the railroad's talented workers still live in the city despite the disappearance of the railroad business.

The Erie Depot Museum tells the story of Hornell's railroad-based history. The museum holds more than 700 interesting artifacts. 

Today in Hornell

Hornell today has a great mix of rural warmth and a bustling business community, accented with an array of arts and fun festivals. Whether you're interested in the history of the area, fantastic examples of historic architecture, finding that perfect antique for your house, or the many events and museums in the area, Hornell is a rural community with a lot to offer.

Alfred University houses the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, within which you can find nearly 8,000 pieces of glass and ceramics. As a teaching and research facility, it is a place where students and scholars alike come for inspiration and understanding of techniques both past and present.

The Canisteo Living Sign

Located near Hornell is the Canisteo Living Sign, which was was created with 260 Scotch pine trees. The trees were planted to spell out the letters of the town's name. The sign measures 300 feet by 90 feet and has been used as a visual flight reference by pilots since its creation. 

You can enjoy the Canisteo Living Sign by car, by plane or by foot. Park by the elementary school on Greenwood Street to view the sign clearly from your car. If you'd like to get a closer look at the towering evergreens, you can hike up close to detect the fragrant trees.

120 Greenwood St
Canisteo, NY 14823


Ask the Local Expert: Shelly

Hornell HPG Director Shelly Stevens tells you her favorite things to do in the Finger Lakes and why she loves promoting the region.

Master Craftsmen: Kirk House

Meet a great historian, Kirk House, who is the director of the Steuben County Historical Society. He has crafted the art of bringing history to life.

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