Upstate Uncovered: 100 Unique, Unusual, and Overlooked Destinations in Upstate New York

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 An exciting travel guide for Upstate New York road warriors, history lovers, and tourists.
In Upstate Uncovered Chuck D’Imperio mines deep into his travel journal and shares an astonishing array of fun and amazing places in Upstate New York that the casual traveler might otherwise miss. As one of Upstate’s most ardent advocates, D’Imperio has traveled the backroads and byways of the region seeking out the stories, tales, and folklore writ upon the landscape. He takes readers to one hundred small towns and cities from the Hudson Valley to the High Peaks of the Adirondacks and out through the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes region. Not only a reflection of “the road less traveled,” Upstate Uncovered includes pertinent information such as websites, photographs, personal interviews, and explicit directions to each of the included entries. While flipping through the pages, readers will be amazed at what turns up around every backroads corner in the region.

“This book is a delight. It’s raw meat for people (like me) who love to find and enjoy obscure historical treasures, but it is much more. Anyone who lives or travels in Upstate New York will be surprised and delighted at how much there is to discover and enjoy there. The nation’s smallest church? The grave of ‘The Moses of her people?’ New York’s biggest pair of pants? The town where ‘Oz’ began? A two-story outhouse? (You read it right.) The birthplace of The Twilight Zone? They’re all here, and more, in witty, warm, and lucid prose. Enjoy. You will.” — Mac Nelson, author of Twenty West: The Great Road Across America

“Upstate New York—the area north of New York City—is full of interesting and historically significant places to visit, explore, and enjoy. Much of its history has been slighted or overlooked. Chuck D’Imperio seems to have visited just about every community in New York in the course of his research for Upstate Uncovered and previous excellent books on the region. D’Imperio has a flair for descriptive and evocative writing, bringing history to life through his on-site interviews and shrewd historical observations. This is exciting history, well told, and engaging. Even readers who know New York history will find lots of surprises and new insights. Upstate Uncovered conveys a deep sense of the variety, vitality, and drama of Upstate New York’s history.” — Bruce W. Dearstyne, author of The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History
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About the author

 Chuck D’Imperio is a well-known radio personality in Upstate New York and the author of several books that celebrate the region, including Monumental New York! A Guide to 30 Iconic Memorials in Upstate New York, Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures, and A Taste of Upstate New York: The People and the Stories Behind 40 Food Favorites. He lives in Oneonta.

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SUNY Press
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Apr 27, 2017
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History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
Travel / United States / Northeast / Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)
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Ask Gary Moeller about an unusual display
at the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa and he will excitedly
direct you to the privy exhibit of old bottles found in outhouses. More
interested in cobblestones? There’s a museum for that. Cheese? Jell-O?
Classic cars? These are covered as well in sometimes eccentric and
always fascinating museums located throughout the state.

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will likely have never visited and perhaps never heard of some of the
treasures this guide unearths, such as the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum,
the Kazoo Museum, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum.
D’Imperio tells each museum’s story, in light of its cultural and
historical relevance, and he provides a wealth of information about the
museums as places of interest to visit, not just to read about. In
addition to information on ticket prices, hours of operation, and travel
directions, Unknown Museums of Upstate New York highlights key
information about the collections and offers suggestions for how
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