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Hammondsport is a village in Steuben County. The village is named after its founding father.

The Village of Hammondsport is in the Town of Urbana and is northeast of Bath, New York.


Lazarus Hammond founded the village around 1827. The village was incorporated in 1856. The village later became a center for the New York wine industry.

The American motorcycle designer and manufacturer, and recognized expert on gasoline engines Glenn Hammond Curtiss resided at Hammondsport, where he was born in 1878. Early development of aircraft and seaplanes was carried out at Hammondsport by Glenn Curtiss who had joined with Alexander Graham Bell and others in the Aerial Experiment Association.

In 1921, five local men purchased a wood barrel factory just south of the present D.W. Putnam Wine Company, and named it the Aerial Service Corporation. Two of these men, Henry Kleckler, the President and William Chadeayne, Vice President, were formerly with the Curtiss Aeroplane Company, founded by Glenn Hammond Curtiss. Today this company is known as the Mercury Corporation.

Hammondsport was the birthplace of American film critic and writer Charles Champlin, in 1926.

The Pleasant Valley Wine Company, founded in 1860 and a mile southwest, was designated U.S. Bonded Winery No.1 and has eight remarkable stone buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This winery along with many others make up Hammondsport's current wineries.

The Great Western Winery and Visitor Center, the most comprehensive center of its kind in the world, is part of the same facilities. Displayed there are historical artifacts covering over 140 years of Finger Lakes winemaking and grape growing expertise; a working model of the Bath and Hammondsport Railroad, "The Champagne Trail"; and the cooper's shop, featuring authentic wine casks and barrels, cooper tools and equipment.

Hammondsport is also home to numerous other wineries, such as Bully Hill Vineyards, Dr. Konstantin Frank, Heron Hill Winery,and Chateau Rennaissance Wine Cellars. Bully Hill Vineyards includes the Greyton H. Taylor Wine Museum.

The village is referred to as "The Cradle of Aviation" and is home to The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, dedicated to the memory of the pioneer aviator and housing such exhibits as a full-scale replica of the first naval aircraft and many original planes and developed by Curtiss.

Points of Interest

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
Greyton H. Taylor Wine Museum


Great Western Winery
Bully Hill Vineyards
Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinefera Wine Cellars and Chateau Frank
Heron Hill Winery
Hunt Country Vineyards
Keuka Overlook Cellars
Pleasant Valley Wine Company
McGregor Wine Company
Barrington Cellars

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