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Imagine a giant hand penetrating the atmosphere of North America, stretching long fingers out from an unknown distance and planting that hand down onto the virgin lands of Upstate New York. As the mysterious hand pulls back and disappears into the early morning sky it leaves behind several elongated bodies of water. These lakes would provide fresh water for bathing, cooking, fishing, boating and recreation for the people that would eventually settle the land.
According to the Native American tribes that populated this region for thousands of years, this is exactly how the Great Spirit created what we know to be the Finger Lakes. The native people considered the lakes to be a blessing and were sustained by them for thousands of years.
Much later, European Settlers, who also found it to be the home of a group of Iroquois tribes, would discover these finger-shaped lakes. Although, these early settlers could admire how beautiful this area was, the Five Nations of the Iroquois confederacy, which consisted of the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga and Seneca tribes, prevented them from establishing large communities.
After the American Revolution came along and caused a permanent split within the Five Nations, they lost all power along with the land that had been their ancestral home. As the region was opened up to newcomers by land grants, surveyors were given the task of mapping out the area. This is when the lakes officially got their moniker Finger Lakes. If you look at maps or satellite photos of this area you’ll quickly see a series of small to large bodies of water. Map makers also thought they resembled fingers.
The two largest lakes are in the center of the finger-like shapes. Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake are both the longest and the deepest of all of the lakes. There are a total of eleven lakes that sit within the Finger Lakes area. In addition to the two already mentioned, officially the others are Canandaigua Lake, Canadice Lake, Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Honeoye Lake, Keuka Lake, Otisco Lake, Owasco Lake and Skaneateles Lake. Oneida Lake is unofficially considered to be the “thumb” of the finger formation, but not given the same status as the others.
In addition to being one of the most gorgeous places on earth, the Finger Lakes region has a rich history that includes such lauded citizens as George Eastman, Harriet Tubman and Mark Twain. Visitors to this area find that there is plenty to see and do. The lake regions stretch for more than 9,000 miles. Needless to say you’ll need to come for more than one trip in order to explore all of the various local sites and activities.
One thing that is always constant is that the people are laid-back and friendly, the natural parks are open and inviting and the homemade wine is out of this world! Instead of staying in a stuffy hotel room, enjoy an authentic Finger Lakes living experience at a Finger Lakes lodging property. You’ll be right in the mix of things and can easily visit one or more of our cherished lakes to witness in person how wonderful they are.This entry was posted in Finger Lakes, Skaneateles Lake, Vacation Rentals and tagged finger lakes, Finger Lakes History, Finger lakes Origins. Bookmark the permalink. ← Planning to Be in Syracuse on Business? Spoil Yourself With a Trip to SkaneatelesFingerlakes Luxury Rentals “Fall Weekend Vacation Giveaway”. →
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