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A Strange and Forgotten History Trail


Quirky, whacky and occasionally spooky, the Cortland Curiosities Strange and Forgotten History Trail is your ultimate guide to exploring the bizarre side of Cortland County, New York. Explore our county’s weird and magical past, and get to know many of its larger-than-life historical characters along these fascinating stops that will take you through all things unusual about our little corner of upstate New York. Stay curious, travelers!

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From a notorious murder that inspired an American masterpiece to an 8-foot pair of pants made to fit a mythical lumberjack, Cortland County has a variety of weird and wonderful stories. Every curiosity trail calls to mind a historical moment and, for the most part, the achievements of larger-than-life historical characters. Set out on your next unconventional adventure with this lineup of Cortland Curiosities (as well as some extra tips on what else to see and do nearby).

Trail Map

Plan your strange trip back in time with our interactive map. Interested in murder mysteries, the supernatural or things that are downright weird? We have a trail for you. Plan your stops and read the stories behind each curiosity …

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Tales From The Trail

Introducing our video series chronicling the most fascinating stories from our Strange and Forgotten History Trail. Each video highlights a creepy or cool feature of the journey that begins right here on the website. Watch these Tales or take a deep dive into our extensive collection of stories with this interactive trail map.


Working on a mystery can work up quite an appetite. Thankfully, there are plenty of places to grab a bite after strolling down our Strange and Forgotten History Trail. In fact, we’ve got so many stops, that you may want to stay overnight(s). We’ve got you covered there too.



Paranormal Investigation of 1890 House
April 27 @ 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
1890 House Museum, 37 Tompkins Street, Cortland

The Cursed Circus Drag Show at CRT
May 4 @ 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Cortland Repertory Theater, 24 Port Watson St., Cortland

Cosplay Costume Class
June 24 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Magpie Custom Creations, 75 E Court Street, Cortland

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