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Montour Falls
The village was previously known as "Queanettquaga," "Catherine's Town," and finally "Havana" by 1788. The original native village was destroyed by the Sullivan Expedition of 1779. The current village was settled around 1790.

It was also a past county seat of Schuyler County. The current name of "Montour Falls" was adopted in 1890, when the county seat was moved to Watkins Glen. The village was located on the former Chemung Canal and was incorporated in 1836.

The main attraction is a 150' waterfall located on the west side of the village. At the base of the falls the sign spells it "She-qua-ga". On the bridge above the waterfall it's spelled "Che-qua-ga". The historian was recently asked about the difference in spelling. She claims the original spelling was "Che-qua-ga" and that apparently someone along the way began spelling it incorrectly and it stuck. In addition to the two spellings you will also see it written with the 'S' or 'C' but without the hyphens. Some may refer to the falls as simply "Montour Falls".

The former Chemung Canal passed through the village.
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