Luke and I love to explore but sometimes for cost sake it’s better to stay local. Yet in this still very winter weather, no matter how tempting, we don’t want to get stuck inside. Fortunately we live in Corning.
Spending more time close to home, I realized I haven’t blogged about my new hometown.
(As I have written before click on any picture or word/phrase in orange to see more!)
Corning was first known as a lumber town because the Chemung river runs through it. When the industrial revolution hit the city became a center for the railroad. By 1868 it had become the new home for Corning Glass Works. This is why Corning’s nicknamed “Crystal City”. Tourist come in the summer to the Corning Museum of Glass featuring modern glass art, the science behind glass, glass uses, live glass blowing demonstrations, and an extensive collection on the history of glass.
On the same property is their glass making studio where you can sign up to make a featured item.
Or you can take one of many glass shaping/art classes at the glass making studio. You may remember my 2300 degrees blog; that event was hosted at the museum. Corning Inc.’s offices and one their research and development facilities, which test glass products for industry, science and technology, are also in Corning.
As much as I love history, what you will probably hear me talk most about is our historic downtown called the Gaffer District (a gaffer =a glass blower/maker). This area encompasses several blocks of glass art studios, museums, eclectic speciality shops, antique stores, bars, bakeries, and restaurants. Many events and festivals are held here annually (some of which I will attend in the future and share with all of you ).
If you are a history buff and want to know about Corning’s history: Click Here!
Want to know more about the historic downtown Gaffer District? : Check it out here!
or take a look at the Gaffer District’s Facebook page: Click here!
So that is a short tour of my new hometown. What do you think?