Backbone Ridge Newsletters

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The Backbone - April 2022
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The area between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake now a part of the Finger Lakes National Forest, New York State's only national forest, was once a bustling farmland in the 19th century.  It was known as Backbone Ridge and included parts of Schuyler County, Seneca County, and Tompkins County.

Decades of intensive agriculture depleted the soil and made the farms untenable.  In the 1930s during the Great Depression, the United States federal government bought out the farms in this region and helped interested residents move, all part of a New Deal program called the Resettlement Administration.  

These newsletters from the Backbone Ridge History Group include upcoming events, transcribed diaries and other primary sources, historical research articles, and historical photographs.