Welcome to Chemung County, where you can explore the many facets of a rich and vibrant community steeped
in magnificent history and charm. Chemung County is not only the southern gateway to Finger Lakes Wine
Country, New York’s largest wine producing region, lauded for its breathtaking vistas and award-winning wines, but it has a fascinating story all its own.
Elmira has been home to many heroes and pioneers, including Ernie Davis, the first African-American to
win the Heisman Trophy; astronaut Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot a space shuttle; fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger; NBC news anchor Brian Williams; and Hollywood producer Hal Roach of Laurel & Hardy and The Little Rascals fame.
Its most famous resident, however, was American author Mark Twain.
Twain’s study can be found today on the beautiful Elmira College campus, which was the first institution in the U.S. to grant women collegiate degrees equal to those of men. The study has been deemed the “#1 Literary Attraction in America” by USA Today and the college, home to the Center for Mark Twain Studies, also features an exhibit of Twain artifacts related to his time here.
So enjoy your stay in Mark Twain Country, where we’re not only Proud To Be Where Twain Remains, but proud of the plethora of arts, culture, accommodations, shopping, cuisine, festivals and outdoor adventures that make Chemung County an incredible place to visit and live.