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Seneca Falls

(4.1/5 based on 800+ reviews for 7 attractions)
Things to do: sightseeing, museums, wildlife areas
Seneca Falls is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Seneca County, New York, in the United States. The population was 6,681 at the 2010 census. The hamlet is in the Town of Seneca Falls, east of Geneva. It was an incorporated village from 1831 to 2011. Seneca Falls became the largest New York village ever to approve dissolution after village residents voted to dissolve it in 2010.Finger Lakes Regional Airport (0G7) is south of the hamlet.Seneca Falls is believed by some to have been the inspiration for the fictional town of "Bedford Falls, N.Y." portrayed in filmmaker Frank Capra's classic 1940s film "It's a Wonderful Life".HistoryEarly historyThe region was in the domain of the Cayuga tribe and visited by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th Century.American Revolution and aftermathThe Cayuga were allies of the British and attacked American settlements from the outset of the revolution. The Sullivan Expedition of 1779 was sent to destroy native villages and kill the warriors. After the war, the village and surrounding land became part of the Central New York Military Tract, land reserved for veterans of the war. The north end of Cayuga Lake was set aside as a reservation for returning Cayuga tribal members.
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