The early days of Cayuga and Cortland Counties in the State of New York, and their various towns and townships, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 27 Page Booklet reprinted from the 1841 edition of Historical Collections of the State of New York by John Warner Barber and Henry Howe, and other hard-to-find sources. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. The communities mentioned include: CAYUGA COUNTY: Auburn, Aurelius, Clarksville, Fosterdale, Brutus, Weedsport, Centreville, Cato, Cato Corners, Conquest, Fleming, Genoa, Northville, Ira, Ledyard, Levana, Locke, Port Byron, Throopsville, Montezuma Village, Mentz, Moravia, Niles, Owasco, Scipio, Sempronius, Sennet, Springport, Sterling, Summer Hill, Venice, and Victory. CORTLAND COUNTY: Cincinnatus, Cortlandville, McGrawsville, Freetown, Freetown Corners, Homer, Marathon, Preble, Scott, Scott Centre, Solon, Truxton, Virgil, and Willet. Among the many fascinating topics in the booklet are: the Beginnings of Auburn, the Auburn Theological Seminary, Day to Day Life at the State Prison, the mile-long Cayuga Bridge, "longest in America," Salt Production, Indian Lore, and Tombstone Epitaphs. Surnames mentioned include: Merrick, Walker, Hardenbergh, Crosset, Leonard, Warden, Perrine, Lewis, and Titus. ILLUSTRATIONS depict the Eastern part of Genesee St., Auburn; Auburn Theological Seminary; State Prison at Auburn; Prisoners at the State Prison; Cayuga Bridge; Public Buildings in Cortlandville; and Public Buildings in Homer. Much of this area was sparcely developed in 1841, but excerpts from New York, a Guide to the Empire State, including a four-page look at Auburn, fill in some of the gaps. This product of the WPA Writer's Project, originally printed in 1940, gives a nostalgic glympse of the area a century after the Barber-Howe book, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Some of the names mentioned in this section include: David Hannum, Francis Bicknell Carpenter, Andrew Dickson White, Thomas Osborne, Logan, William Seward, Oren and Erastus Carvath, Elmer Ambrose Sperry, Henry Wells, Isaac Singer, St. Rene Menard, William Reuben George, Harriet Tubman, Emily Howland, and Red Jacket. There's also a small map of the area from a 1948 booklet printed by the New York Telephone Company.