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Schuyler County History
Seneca Lodge


     Growing up with the village of Watkins Glen, Seneca Lodge was built just in time for the first Grand Prix of the Glen in 1948.  Don Brubaker, who helped bring the racing competitions to the area, founded the Lodge in 1947.  Located near the South entrance to the State Park, Seneca Lodge is a commuter hotspot.  It has been a landmark for vacationers, and racing fans for over 50 years.  It’s one of the regions best kept secrets.

    Making yourself at home, is one of the Lodges finer achievements.  In the Tavern Room, sit back, relax, and soak up the history of Watkins racing.  Looking just past the bar, it’s quite easy to notice the laurel wreaths from the Formula One races of the 1970’s.  If one happens to look up, they might see old tires from NASCAR champions hanging from the ceiling.  The Tavern Room has been a longtime hangout spot for racing mechanics, you might even be so lucky as to see a celebrity

   Dining in style is yet another luxury at the Lodge.  As you sit enjoying your family style meal, you may happen to notice that the Dining Room overlooks the hills of Schuyler County.  Perhaps playing tennis or swimming in the pool is a great way for you to relax after a leisurely feast.  It just so happens, Seneca Lodge has both of these attractions.

   The first Lodge dining room burned down only ten weeks after the opening in November 1947.  The community helped to support and rebuild the Brubakers creation.  Today, the Lodge is a bow hunters’ paradise, for groups stay there every fall.

   Many other fascinating things can be found at Seneca Lodge in Watkins Glen, New York.  If you’re looking for a relaxing good time, and are in the mood for a little history to go along, then the Lodge is the vacation spot for you.

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