Trumansburg, New York

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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.

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History

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 Hermon Camp House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

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.

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