Trumansburg, New York

Trumansburg, New York

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Trumansburg, New York
settlement_type = Village
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
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subdivision_name1 = New York
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Tompkins
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 1581
population_density_km2 = 505.6
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timezone = Eastern (EST)
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postal_code = 14886
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Trumansburg is a village in Tompkins County, New York, United States. The population was 1,581 at the 2000 census. The name is a variant spelling of the surname of the founder, Abner Treman. (The family routinely spelled it several different ways.) The village's application for a post office preserved one of them.

The Village of Trumansburg is within the Town of Ulysses and is northwest of Ithaca, New York.


The village is located in the former Central New York Military Tract.

The village was originally named "Tremaine's Village," after an early settler, Abner Tremaine (Tremain, Treman or Truman), who was granted the land for his service in the American Revolutionary War. The village was built around a cascade on the creek that provided power for grain mills.

In the 19th century Trumansburg was dominated by Col. Hermon Camp, an officer in the War of 1812 who settled in what was to become the village. For many years he was the local postmaster, and founded a bank, now the Tompkins Trust Company, the largest bank in the county. His imposing and elegant Federal style house remains the largest in the village.

The village was incorporated in 1872.

In the latter half of the 20th century, as the quality of the road between Trumansburg and Ithaca improved and "country living" became more fashionable, the village became home to many faculty and staff at nearby Cornell University and Ithaca College, as well as many musicians. Between 1961 and 1970, Robert Moog built electronic music equipment including Theremins and his famous synthesizers in a downtown storefront.

From 2004 to 2007, the mayor was John R. Levine, the original author of "Internet for Dummies."

The life of the village

Trumansburg was a milltown and commercial center for the agricultural community from its inception until the Second World War. Since the late 1940s it has become a combination of a bedroom suburb for Ithaca and a modest tourist destination, with restaurants and antique stores. Since 1973 the village's best known business has been the [ Rongovian Embassy to the USA] ,a bar and restaurant that frequently features local, national and international musical talent. Since 1991, the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance has taken place each July at the village fairgrounds and is hosted by nationally popular Trumansburg-based band Donna the Buffalo. The village is also located along the [ Cayuga Wine Trail] and is close to Taughannock Falls.

Other cultural resources include the [ Ulysses Philomathic Library] , a member of the Finger Lakes Library System, the [ Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts] , which offers concerts and music lessons, the Ulysses Historical Society Museum, with collections of local historical material, and the [ Trumansburg Central School District Foundation] , which provides financial support for local educational programs.Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches are located within the village, and Baptist and Mormon churches are located just outside the village limits.

The [ Trumansburg Central School District] consists of the Elementary School, Russel I. Doig Middle School, and Charles O. Dickerson High School, all of which share a campus at 100 Whig Street. School and local athletic teams use the nickname the Blue Raiders.


Trumansburg is located at coor dms|42|32|26|N|76|39|36|W|city (42.540447, -76.660121)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it is land and 0.83% is water.

The village is located on the Trumansburg Creek (also known as Frontenac Creek) which arises on the ridge west of the village and empties into Cayuga Lake at Frontenac Point. Trumansburg is in the northern part of Tompkins County with its northern boundary bordering Seneca County. It is approximately 12 miles north of Ithaca, New York on the west side of Cayuga Lake. The scenic [ Taughannock Falls State Park] , featuring one of the highest waterfalls east of the Rocky Mountains, is located just southeast of the village at the edge of Cayuga Lake.


Trumansburg is bisected by NY Route 96, a state highway, enlarged and re-routed in 1961, that runs north to Waterloo and south to Ithaca. [ Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit] (TCAT) provides local bus service to Ithaca with connections to long distance bus and air service there.

In the 19th century, Trumansburg had a port at Frontenac Point, at the mouth of the Trumansburg Creek on Cayuga Lake. The lake is connected at its north end to the Erie Canal via the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. The docks, warehouses and hotels that made up the port have long since been torn down or have burned. Only scattered pilings remain, and the site is now a camp owned by the local Boy Scout council.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad ran through Trumansburg between the late 19th century and 1961. The tracks were taken up during the 1960s and most of the easements were sold to the New York Gas & Electric Company (NYSEG). In the last 15 years the state park system has bought back much of the right-of-way and is in the process of constructing a biking and hiking trail along it. It is called the Black Diamond Trail, after a famous passenger train that ran between New York City and Buffalo along the line.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,581 people, 682 households, and 424 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,309.5 people per square mile (504.5/km²). There were 715 housing units at an average density of 592.2/sq mi (228.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.52% White, 0.76% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.09% of the population.

There were 682 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 82.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $39,423, and the median income for a family was $58,194. Males had a median income of $41,167 versus $26,429 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,773. About 5.0% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.


External links

* [ Official Village web site]
* [ Unofficial Village Blog]

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