If glass isn't your cup of tea, try a visit to Corning's other star attraction,
the Rockwell Museum, founded by Robert Rockwell, a local department store
owner, who began collecting art in 1960.The museum is now in the former
Corning City Hall, which was restored in 1982. The building itself is a
marvel. The work inside is even more pleasing, with everything from huge
western murals to etched black and whites used in magazines.
The western art collection on the third floor features the works of not
only Frederic Remington, but Alfred Jacob Miller; the sculpture of James
Earle Fryer; paintings of W.R. Leigh and C.M. Russell; a single work by
Andrew Wyeth and many others.
If you're not a museum-goer at all, I'd suggest a stroll down Market Street,
which boasts dozens of shops and restaurants from the elegant to the old-time
A visitor can easily spend an entire afternoon strolling the street just
window shopping. Corning does an excellent job of making itself an attractive,
safe family destination.
More on the Corning-Elmira area
Corning Glass Web site
If you go: The City of Corning. Take I-390 south (from Rochester) to
Route 17, east.
·Corning Museum of Glass: State Route 415.
·Rockwell Museum: Corner of Cedar Street and Route 17.
Chris Peterson lives in Almond, Allegany County, and is a regular
Genesee Country contributor.