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Bragging Rights

We’re proud to boast that Mark Twain Country is home to:

  • The National Soaring Museum with the world’s largest sailplane collection
  • Harris Hill, the “Soaring Capital of America,” and training site for the worlds’ largest youth soaring club
  • Elmira College,  ranked Top 10 by US News and World Report “America’s Best Colleges,” for 15 consecutive years
  • A rich historical legacy that includes the Underground Railroad, Revolutionary War, Civil War and Women’s Rights
  • Woodlawn Cemetery, final resting place of such notables as Ernie Davis, first African American to receive a Heisman Trophy;  Hal Roach, film & TV producer of such classics as Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy; John W. Jones, former slave who aided in the escape of over 800 slaves; and Mark Twain, American writer and humorist
  • Mark Twain Golf Course, an original Donald Ross designed course named the #1 Best Kept Secret by Golf Digest
  • Eldridge Park with the Mark Twain miniature golf course, dragon boats, and one of the world’s fastest carousels
  • The Mark Twain Study,  American’s most famous literary landmark
  • Woodlawn National Cemetery—final resting place for over 3,000 Union and Confederate soldiers of the Civil War
  • New York State’s largest concentration of registered Victorian-era homes

In addition, the following notable Americans claim Twain Country as their childhood homes:

  • Tommy Hilfiger, Fashion Designer & Icon
  • Eileen Collins, first woman astronaut to command a space shuttle
  • Hal Roach, Academy Award winning film & TV producer who created such shows as Laurel & Hardy and Our Gang with the Little Rascals
  • Brian Williams, NBC News Anchor & Managing Editor
  • Ernie Davis, first African-American athlete to win a Heisman Trophy