Forest Home History — Events in June

Saturday June 15, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
That Old House Tour: Forest Home (sponsored by Historic Ithaca)

“Get an exclusive look inside beautiful homes & sites with this self-guided walking/driving/biking tour of selected interiors in Ithaca’s historic hamlet of Forest Home! Forest Home will be celebrating its 225th anniversary of settlement this year.”

On the day, tickets will be on sale from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Forest Home Chapel, 224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY.

For more details see

Saturday, June 29, 11am
Walk and Talk: The Byway
Led by Bruce Brittain, sponsored by Historic Ithaca.

“The Byway is a former loop of Forest Home Drive along Fall Creek in the Town of Ithaca. This short stretch of road has the highest density of nineteenth century mill remnants and mill-era houses in Forest Home.”

Meet at the end of The Byway that is adjacent to the downstream bridge. No charge, but registration is encouraged.

FHIA Spring Cleanup

Join neighbors in our annual Spring Cleanup of Forest Home on Sat., April 13 from 9:30 AM – noon (approximately, possibly earlier). We will meet at the Forest Home Park next to the downstream bridge. Coffee, orange juice and both decadent and wholesome baked goods will be provided. Bring a pair of work gloves if you have them, but we’ll provide some, in addition to trash collection bags. We’ll also provide a couple of trash picking tools, but bring one if you have it. Last year, about ten neighbors volunteered and we were done in less than two hours. Help keep our neighborhood free of trash and pollutants.  Come even if you only have limited time because we’ll give you a smaller area to cover. Raindate is the following Sat., April 20, same time.

Potluck Supper on Friday, March 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

We hope to see you at the Forest Home Chapel for our annual Spring potluck supper.

Keep an eye on the weather, but the forecast is not too bad for our little hamlet.

Don’t feel you really need to bring something.  We’d love to see you anyway.

For the hourly forecast, see


The Historic District

A new page has been added to the website about the Forest Home Historic District. It is under the menu item ‘Forest Home’ -> ‘Forest Home Historic District’. If you are interested in information about individual properties within the Historic District, follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.

Holiday Party on Saturday, December 15, 5 to 8 p.m.

You are cordially invited to our annual Forest Home holiday party at the home of Bill and Caroline Arms. at 200 Forest Home Drive, on Saturday, December 15, from 5-8 o’clock.

Bring your family, something to drink (wine is fine!) and something to eat (either savory or sweet) and we will enjoy an evening of neighborhood cheer together.

Meeting with Bill Goodman, Town of Ithaca, December 5

Bill Goodman, Town Supervisor for the Town of Ithaca, has requested this meeting with the Forest Home community on issues related to the Department of Public Works. In particular, he has indicated that the condition of the stretch of Forest Home Drive between Judd Falls Road and McIntyre Place has deteriorated further following the recent snowstorm. The idea of closing that section of road to vehicles has surfaced again.

The meeting will be at the Forest Home Chapel on December 5, 7:30-9pm

This meeting also offers an opportunity for updates and/or discussions on other Public Works issues related to roads and pedestrian sidewalks/walkways.

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Treasurer’s Report for 2017-2018

The Treasurer’s Report for the FHIA year from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018 is available.


Annual General Meeting, October 22

Please join us on October 22 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Forest Home Chapel for our annual meeting.  The tentative agenda includes these items:

  • FHIA Treasurer’s Report,
  • FHIA Speakers Series,
  • FHIA Holiday Party,
  • Town of Ithaca short term rental policies,
  • Cornell’s North Campus Dormitory Project,
  • Election of FHIA officers.

Please let us know if there is anything else you would like to discuss at the meeting.  We will publish an updated agenda along with more information about the officer candidates next week.

Report on the FHIA Website

During 2018, the FHIA website was rebuilt, with extensive upating of the contents. The new website is suitable for both large computer screens and smartphones.

Here is a report on the new website that has been prepared for the FHIA Annual General Meeting: AGMWebsiteReport.

Beebe Lake

The Cornell Alumni Magazine has an interesting article on the history of Beebe Lake. It is at