A bench at the Ulysses Philomathic Library donated by the Trumansburg Rotary Club.

Trumansburg is most greatly known for two things, Taughannock Falls and The Rongovian Embassy to the USA (lovingly known as “The Rongo”). Both are diamonds in the rough.

Taughannock Falls is noted as being the highest falls east of the Rocky Mountains. The 215-foot falls is a beautiful site and is enjoyed by many. Walk the well-groomed, 3/4-mile Gorge Trail to the base of the falls, view the falls from above at the Overlook or hike the Rim Trail around the top of the gorge.

If you are looking for a place to meet friends and hear live music, The Rongo is the place to be. Adorned with culture and history, The Rongo is a small-town bar with a “Summer of Love” state of mind.

From festivals and fairs to great food and music, there are many gems to be found in Trumansburg.


Established: 1872

Location: 10 miles north of Ithaca on Cayuga Lake

Population: 1,581

Landmarks: Taughannock Falls, The Rongo, The Trumansburg Fairgrounds, Smith Woods, Historic Camp House, Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Ulysses Philomathic Library

Businesses: Numerous restaurants and bars, small retail shops, two ice cream shops and an 18-hole public golf course.

What’s in a Name?
Trumansburg was originally named “Tremaine’s Village” after its first settler, Abner Treman, in the late 1700s. A slight misspelling by the Post Master forever changed the name of this town to “Trumansburg.”

Local legends say “Taughannock” comes from the Delaware Indian word “taghkanic” which means “great falls in the woods.”

Annual Events: GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, Trumansburg Fair (begun in 1846), Festival of Flowers, Corn on the Curb Festival

Find Out What Trumansburg Has to Offer:
Trumansburg Area Chamber of Commerce,
Village of Trumansburg,
Town of Ulysses,
Taughannock Falls,
GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance,

by Kristin Grove
Kristin Grove grew up in Trumansburg and has met people far and wide who say, “I know Trumansburg; have you ever been to The Rongo?”


  • Adam P says:

    Hmm. I grew up and live in the area as well. Taughannock Falls isn’t really in Trumansburg. It’s about 3 miles south of the village, in the town of Ulysses. The mailing address may be Trumansburg but the location definitely isn’t in Trumansburg. The official Tompkins County Government map does not lie!

    • Mark Stash says:

      I believe the article was written with the intention that including Taughannock Falls in the Trumansburg area is something that popular opinion accepts. We can split hairs and be very technical about statements, and taking nothing away from the town of Ulysses, this was an opinion of the author of this article, which we find perfectly acceptable. — Editor

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