Glenn Clark

Cherry Valley, NY

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, 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. Take in the beauty at Cherry Valley Lilacs during the late spring to experience this haven for yourself.

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 Plaide 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. The Cherry Valley Bookstore was once the site of Amos Swan's cabinet shop and telegraph office. A good friend of Samual Morse, who had family living in Cherry Valley, this little gem is where Morse Code was perfected.

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 and Sculpture Trail.  Pop into 25 Main Collective and others on Main Street to shop for creations made by various, local artists.

Just down the road, visitors can discover the Old Middlefield Schoolhouse Museum and explore outdoor recreation at the Cherry Valley State Forest.

Don't forget to check the Calendar of Events for happenings in or near Cherry Valley!

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