The Finger Lakes region is one of wine and water—vineyards and eleven long, slender, and deep lakes left by departing glaciers. Waterfalls and gorges complete a water ambience of scenic splendor. The Iroquois believed that the Great Spirit placed his hand on this region and left behind his fingerprints. Other legends claim that the Creator reached to bless the land and left his fingerprints in the form of water-filled imprints. In fact, geologists report that the unique topographical contours of this area are the result of at least two Ice Age glaciers burrowing and grinding out long narrow lakes, gorges, and valleys. The earliest inhabitants were probably the Mound Builders. When Jesuit missionaries arrived from Europe
, they found Cayuga, Seneca, and Onondaga Indians in residence. Many of the lakes bear Indian names, including Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, and Skaneateles. This chapter has everything you need to plan a travel experience in the Finger Lakes Region and includes details on Syracuse, Cazenovia, Cortland, Skaneateles, Owasco Lake, Auburn, Cayuga Lake, Aurora / Ithaca, Enfield, Seneca Falls, Seneca Lake, Geneva, Watkins Glen, Elmira, Corning, Keuka Lake, Naples, and Canandaigua.
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