US Route 20, the Road Across America
It's all about the drive! Rolling hills, spectacular views, working landscapes, tranquil communities and deep history. That's US Route 20, the longest highway in the United States stretching 3,365 miles coast to coast from Kenmore Square in Boston, Massachusetts to the junction of US 101 in Newport, Oregon. US Route 20 is also New York State's longest highway; 372 miles from the border with Massachusetts to the border of Pennsylvania.
In New York State, 108 miles of Route 20 from Duanesburg (Schenectady County) on the east to LaFayette (Onondaga County) on the west is designated as a New York State Scenic Byway because of its spectacular beauty and unique history to the westward migration of the state and the nation.
The area stretching about 30 miles either side of the Scenic Byway is considered the Scenic Byway Corridor. The corridor features even more idyllic communities, numerous specialty shops, local farm markets and numerous community events.
Welcome to America's Main Street!
Traveling the Route 20 Scenic Byway will make it seem like the world is not racing by quite so quickly.
U. S. Route 20 began as Native American trails in the early years of America. During our nation's first century, these trails were transformed with the construction of several turnpikes to handle the burgeoning westward traffic by horse and wagon. The most famous of the turnpikes connected Albany to Cherry Valley and later was extended to Cazenovia and the Syracuse area. This roadway became known as the Cherry Valley Turnpike and soon was dotted with taverns, hotels and other amenities for travelers. In the 1860s, the Cherry Valley Turnpike became the property of New York State. State and federal programs began providing funds for road building and management assistance by the turn of the century.
With the coming of the automobile, the highway had once again taken on a new life. In 1926, the road was designated as U.S. Route 20, the longest road in the country, running coast to coast a distance of 3,365 miles.
Roadside attractions and tourist cabins provided entertainment and much-needed services to a whole new kind of traveler. One can literally track the westward migration of the state and the nation in the buildings and the landscapes found along Route 20. The quiet neighborhoods and Main Streets of its historic villages showcase Federal and Greek Revival architectural styles of the Colonial/Turnpike era, a testament to the long history of the region.
Along Route 20, travelers pass New World Dutch, English, and gambrel-roof dairy barns, the numerous drive-ins and motor courts of the 1930s-1950s, all against the backdrop of the productive fields and tranquil pastures that first brought prosperity to the region.
So let's get started: take a look around to rediscover Route 20 and the surrounding area. You will find Excursion Routes from Route 20 to numerous points of interest throughout our nine-county Scenic Byway Corridor region. While the excursions are set up for those driving west to east, we've included complete route numbers in each of the scenic tour descriptions and provided maps to allow east-to-west drivers to "reverse" the trip easily. Either way, the journey will be as much fun as the destination.
Our Mission: The Route 20 Association of NYS, Inc., a regional partnership of communities, balances the promotion of local interests with the protection of scenic, agricultural, recreational, and historic resources by encouraging preservation, visitor accommodations, education and access; coordinating interpretation, promotion and signage and emphasizing the important historic transportation role of Route 20 and the resultant cultural / agricultural development so important to the westward expansion of the country.
Route 20 Association Announces annual meeting
The Route 20 Association of New York State will hold their annual dinner Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Michael’s Fine Food & Spirits. The event begins at 4:00 PM with a cash bar and snacks, followed by dinner at 5:00 PM and the annual meeting at 6:00 PM. The event is open to anyone who would like to attend but seating is
Local historian Dan Sullivan will present a short program about Revolutionary War hero Adam Helmer and the Association’s current objective to have a historic marker erected in his honor in Richfield Springs. There will also be the announcement of a new mini-grant program available to municipalities in the Route 20 Scenic Byway corridor.
Michael’s is located in Sangerfield at the corner of Routes 20 and 12. They will be offering a buffet dinner featuring Lemon Pepper Chicken and Vodka Rigatoni, with Greens Michael along with other sides. The event will also have a cash bar and other menu items including dessert will be available. The price for dinner is $35 which includes the gratuity. You may call to RSVP to Bernie Peplinski 315-822-6974 or Bill Kwasniewski at 315-271-8111.
The deadline for reservations is Saturday, November 3. Checks may be sent to Route 20 Association, PO Box 20, Richfield Springs, NY 13439. Paypal payments are also accepted; please call for details.
The Route 20 Association of New York State was formed in 1999 to promote and preserve the unique and historic character of the Route 20 corridor and its many communities. It also serves as stewards of the NYS Route 20 Scenic Byway.
Congratulations To Tunnicliff Creamery
RICHFIELD SPRINGS November 5, 2018 -- Tunnicliff Creamery has been selected for the 2018 Best of Richfield Springs Award in the Garden Centers category by the Richfield Springs Award Program.
Each year, the Richfield Springs Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Richfield Springs area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2018 Richfield Springs Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Richfield Springs Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Richfield Springs Award Program
The Richfield Springs Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Richfield Springs area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Richfield Springs Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Richfield Springs Award Program
Historical Markers Being Replaced
On October 6 Sunday at 2 p.m. the Springfield Historical Society will unveil one of the two historical markers being replaced. The original markers were missing or damaged over the years, and in order to replace them, the original documentation for the history of the markers needed to be proven. This was a process whereby research was done this past winter and submitted to a reviewer at the William G. Pomeroy Foundation in Syracuse, NY which then pays for the marker. The Foundation strongly believes that historic markers play an important role in local historic preservation by serving a dual purpose. They educate the public and foster historic tourism, which in turn can provide much needed economic benefits to the towns and villages where the markers are placed. The unveiling of the markers will be held at the Route 20 location in E. Springfield near Weaver residence and KC’s Corners with a brief ceremony and refreshments will follow. All those interested may attend. For questions, please call 607 264-3375.