Backbone Ridge History Group

PO Box 62
Trumansburg, NY 14886

Charlotte Dickens - (910) 988-2268 -

Backbone Ridge History Group


The Backbone Ridge History Group (BRHG) was formed in 2006. The BRHG is a grass roots organization to collect the history of the land and the people in the Backbone Ridge area of the Finger Lakes National Forest in Upstate New York.

The BRHG has adopted the following mission statement: "To identify and facilitate public access to sources of information documenting the history of the people, communities, and lands in around the Finger Lakes National Forest and promote the study of this history."

Backbone Ridge History Group is a member of the South Central Regional Library Council.


Map of the County of Tompkins, 1829

Photographs, maps and ephemera about the Backbone Ridge, an area between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes National Forest.

The Backbone - April 2022

Newsletters written by volunteers of the Backbone Ridge History Group, with articles and reminiscences. 

volunteer cleaning gravestones, 2013

Gravestone transcriptions and other information about the cemeteries of Backbone Ridge, most of which were abandoned by the 20th century.

Transcript of Interview With Mary Louise Stilwell, 2010

Oral histories and diaries from the Backbone Ridge of the Finger Lakes National Forest.

Postcard from Interlaken

Postcards collected by the Backbone Ridge History Group showing the communities between Seneca and Cayuga Lake.