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Lazarus Hammond founded the village of Hammondsport around 1827. The village was incorporated in 1856. The village later became a center for the New York wine industry. The village currently has an approximate population of 600.

The village of Hammondsport is referred to as “The Cradle of Aviation”. Glenn Hammond Curtiss whose early development of aircraft and seaplanes was carried out in Hammondsport The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, is dedicated to the memory of the pioneer aviator and American motorcycle designer and manufacturer, and recognized expert on gasoline engines. Curtiss who had joined with Alexander Graham Bell and others in the Aerial Experiment Association.

One of Hammondsport’s current wineries, 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. Hammondsport’s other notable wineries include Bully Hill Vineyards, Dr. Konstantin Frank, Heron Hill Winery, and Chateau Renaissance Wine Cellars. Bully Hill Vineyards includes the Greyton H. Taylor Wine Museum.

Voted “Coolest Small Town in America” by readers of Budget Travel, Hammondsport blends fun outdoor activities (like paddleboarding, seaplane rides, fishing), breathtaking scenery, award-winning wines and craft beverages, excellent food, and the chance to settle in and experience the best of lake life for yourself.

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