Watkins Glen is a small village located in Schuyler County in New York. It has a population of about 1,859 people. It is the home of a street course, Watkins Glen International that is a famous racetrack, and Watkins Glen Grand Prix, a historic race that was first held in 1948. The village is named after Dr. Samuel Watkins, in commemoration of his contributions to the community.
The village of Watkins Glen has six historical places listed in the National Register of Historic Places, one of which is the Watkins Glen Grand Pix Course that made it to the list in 2002.Other sites include the A.F Chapman House, a home built in the 1800s in the Gothic Revival style. The First Baptist Church of Watkins Glen was built in the 1800s with a brick structure that rests on a raised stone foundation and features a large front corner tower.
The Schuyler County Courthouse Complex is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a two story rectangular brick building on a stone foundation that was built in the 1800s. The courthouse complex has a small pediment porch supported by Doric order columns,and an inserted square tower that comes with a weather vane and an ogee roof.
The United States post office in Watkins Glen is also on the list since 1989, with its five bay steel frame on a small one story red brick clad building that was built in the Colonial Revival style. This building was designed by Louis A. Simon and was built between 1934 and 1935.
The sixth historic structure is the Watkins Glen Commercial Historic District. District includes 34 buildings that are all historically relevant. Most prominent is the former Watkins State Bank that built in Classical Revival style.
Aside from the race tracks and the historical buildings, Watkins Glen State park draws a number of visitors to its grounds. With a promise of leaving its visitors spellbound, Watkins Glen state park is a must visit if you happen to be in New York. The park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks and is located outside the village of Watkins Glen. Visitors to the park can enjoy a number of outdoor activities including, hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing, camping, hunting, as well as having a picnic, swimming in the pool and shopping at the gift shop.
The Gorge at Watkins Glen state park has nineteen waterfalls that are sure to leave its visitors mesmerized, in addition to its annual spring run of rainbow trout that provides memorable fishing. Wine lovers are not left out of the winery experience, with the Finger Lakes wine festivals. If the waters draw at your heartstrings, then you can take a boat ride through the beautiful deep blue waters of the Seneca Lake aboard the famed vintage 1926, John Alden Malabar VII Schooner “True Love”