Area Information


Tioga County was once home to the Cayuga and Onondaga tribes of the Iroquois confederacy. Owego saw events from the American Revolution unfold as the contingents of the Sullivan and Clinton armies burned the Iroquois villages in August 1779.

As the first half of the 19th century drew to a close, Tioga County sent men to fight the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. It had established infrastructure consisting of roads, turnpikes, bridges, toll roads, steamboats, ferries, stagecoach lines and the second oldest railroad in the state.

Men from Tioga County would serve in all branches of the military during the Civil War. With the reconstruction of the nation came the industrial boom and new ideas about commerce and society.

The area has 4 seasons - each distinct with differences in temperature and precipitation. High temperatures in the summer may reach 90, but are generally moderated by the cooler Great Lakes and hover in the mid 70s and low 80s. Winter temperatures may dip below zero, but generally the area is warmed by the Great Lakes system.

Local attractions include the Tioga Scenic Railroad, Historic Owego Marketplace, Tioga Gardens, Waterman Center Museum and the Tioga County Council on the Arts. Area museums include the Bement-Billings Farmstead, the Spencer Historical Museum and the Newark Valley Depot Museum.


Area higher educational facilities are among the best in the country and include Cornell University, Syracuse University, Elmira College, Ithaca College and Binghamton University. Local public and private elementary and secondary schools provide a foundation for our educational success.

You'll find plenty of things to see and do in Tioga County. You can bike, hike or cross-country ski in over 13,000 acres of state lands. Canoe, kayak and fish in the historic Susquehanna River or scenic trout streams. Golf at one of 9 golf courses including one of the few "links" style courses in the northeast.

The 444-mile-long Susquehanna River is the longest commercially non-navigable river in North America. Her tributaries, such as Catatonk and Owego creeks, boast some a beautiful and varied fish habitat. Walleye, bass and occasional muskellunge or tiger muskie hybrid are the prime fishing targets for those working the 33-mile section of the Susquehanna River that flows through Tioga County.