During the late 1700s, the small village of Cherry Valley was the gateway to America's Western Frontier. Located along a well-traversed Indian path, the geography surrounding the village made it perfect for western migration on the Cherry Valley Turnpike – now known as Route 20, a NYS Scenic Byway. After the Erie Canal opened in 1825, the village was less-traveled; but the advent of post-WWII auto travel breathed new life to the tiny village.
"Tiny" in size only, Cherry Valley became an artist haven during the 1960s and 70s, a place where Allen Ginsberg and other beatnik-types called home.
The architecture is notable, with the oldest bank building west of Albany still in use. The Cherry Valley Museum documents the history of the area; the Plaid Palette offers some of the finest Irish merchandise in upstate New York; and visitors can experience fine dining, shopping treasure hunts, and superb lodging in Cherry Valley.
Cherry Valley Artworks continues the tradition of avant-garde arts-related activities, including renovating an old theater for upcoming performing arts, as well as a not-to-be-missed semi-annual Kite Festival.
Just down the road, visitors can discover the Old Middlefield Schoolhouse Museum and explore outdoor recreation at the Roseboom State Forest, or continue traveling on the Scenic Byway to see the signiture clock and venerable band stand of near by Richfield Springs.